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  1. Nov 8, 2004 #1
    Dear friends,

    I have been recently joined in this forum and became really fond of it. I have found lot of knowledgeble persons in here and thought of writing you all, my sincere Request.

    I had (and have) got lot of interests on Astrophysics, but unfortunately, owing to some unavoidable circumstances, I had to drop out from college and could not complete my graduation in Physics. But later I joined engineering and completed Electrical Engineering from a reputed college in India.

    And now I’m not getting lot much interest in my maintenance Job and also not in a position to go for a full time course on physics.
    However, I’m very much interested to do some study and work on astrophysics but is not finding any way to enter into it and don’t know how to start with.

    I request you please come forward and help me out, to let me see the right path by guiding how to start with and what are the things I need to study and understand first for the study and work on Astrophysics from the scratch.

    With warm Regards

    PS: May please Email me here
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  3. Nov 8, 2004 #2


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    Astrophysics requires most of the standard undergraduate curriculum (typically mechanics, E&M, nuclear and particle, quantum mechanics) with the exception of quantum mechanics. You'll need to learn general relativity, as well as gaining proficiency with mathematical modelling and computer-based numerical simulation.

    You might want to go to your local university bookstore and pick up a textbook, and start browsing. I strongly recommend Caroll & Ostlie's "Introduction to Modern Astrophysics." If necessary, supplement it with more specific textbooks in areas where you require more depth.

    Good luck!

    - Warren
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