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Physics Guidance for a maths student

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I am a B.Sc. 2nd year student of Maths (Honours-equivalent to an US Maths Major), Physics and Computer Science(Probably equivalent to US Physics minor and CS minor) in a college in India. I hope to become a specialist in Mathematical Physics later on. Since my background knowledge of core physics isn't much and my college curriculum is more suitable for training pure mathematicians(topologists, algebraists etc.), it is not possible for me to learn much physics from my college curriculum. So I would be really thankful if someone, preferably some expert or someone who faced such problems and has solved it, can chalk out a plan/guidance for me, along with mentioning books by good authors. Also please mention whether I need to study books written for mathematical methods for physicists, since I've heard that the mathematics needed for physics is bit different and many mathematicians fail to understand physics because of not being able to realise this difference.Are there any institutes in India offering mp courses for maths students?
 

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If you want a comprehensive set of Physics Lectures, I recommend "Course of Theoretical Physics by Landau and Lifshitz". It covers what would normally be included in a General Physics course. In general for Physics you will need not the abstract kind of Maths. Just simple things, solving differential equations, taking integrals, linear algebra, group theory, knowing how to work with tensors, and things along these lines. Topics that come up in "Pure" mathematics are hardly ever needed.
 

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