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Physics and Math textbooks

  1. Jun 18, 2012 #1
    I am currently looking for suggestions on physics and maths textbooks. The math textbook must cover calculus from the beginning. It can cover multiple subjects, or calculus-only, it does not matter as long as it is clear and easy to understand. The physics textbook must cover high school subjects. Preferably it will continue to cover university-level subjects as well. If one book can not cover both levels of physics subjects, I would be grateful if you could leave suggestions for multiple textbooks which cover high school and university level subjects between them.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2012 #2
    Hi balmung2! Welcome to PF.

    For physics :

    Feynman lectures (the best)
    Fundamentals of Physics - Halliday Resnick(probably best suited for you)
    Conceptual Physics - Hewitt (quite less math requirement)

    Math:
    First course in Calculus by Serge Lang (preferable)
    Stewart's Calculus

    Once you have done one of these, do Calculus by Michael Spivak, or Tom Apostol.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2012 #3
    Hey Balmung,

    For physics text, I second Infinitum's suggestion of Feynman's Lectures. For math books I suggest you start off with:
    What is Mathematics - Richard Courant. This book covers a wide variety of subjects without losing depth in any.
    If you just want to learn calculus use Spivak's Calculus.
    I have to disagree with Infinitum's suggestion of Stewart's Calculus. The book does not motivate any discussions and does not convey why calculus works at all. It will only give you a superficial understanding of the material after you are through with it.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2012 #4
    That's why I added a 'preferable' tag to Serge Lang's book, its way better. I think before you start out Spivak, unless you are quite good at math, you need to have a basic understanding of the subject, and Lang's book provides this quite perfectly.

    Being a high school student, like the OP, I learnt the calculus basics from Stewart before switching to Spivak, and now, though I absolutely hate Stewart, I find the things I learnt assisting me through Spivak's book, but maybe that's just me....:smile:
     
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