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I know this subject has been broached before but would appreciate some extra help - I'm an English major in second year uni so I haven't done physics and maths for a while, but I have quite a lot of free time at the moment and would really love to get back into these subjects which have always fascinated me. The problem is I don't have a very strong basis in physics at all - did science from Grade 7-10 and only half a year of physics in Grade 11 (australian high school system). For maths I did it all the way up to Grade 12 but only at the second highest level (extension 1 or 3 unit in case anyone is familiar with the HSC) - so basically a calculus focused course but I don't know anything about complex numbers and things like that. And even my calculus would be pretty rusty now.

So my question is, how would you suggest I go about teaching myself maths and physics? I guess you need a solid maths grounding for physics so should I start with maths revision? Or would it be more constructive / complementary if I tried doing both at the same time? And what would be the best way to learn the basics of physics again - textbooks or using a teach yourself website? It's quantum physics which particularly interests me, how much groundwork would you recommend before I start focusing more specifically on that?

Thanks very much for your help.

Nikki

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