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Is there a good introduction textbook or pdf for quantum chromodynamics?
 

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At what level?
 
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Well, at the level possible for a junior high school knowing nothing about calculus to understand 60+ percent:oops:(Do such books exist with such a hard topic?)
 
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Well, calculus is not that difficult, if you learn it in the physics context. Which book are you using? Usually school books (at least German school books) are less understandable than introductory university text books, because they try to be didactical and obscure the intuitive as well as the abstract meaning of the subject. Among the university textbooks the books for pure mathematicians who must learn everything with full rigor, are more difficult than the more applied once. When I was at highschool I had big trouble with math and couldn't understand my school books. Then I went to the library of my home time and got some book "Calculus for Engineers". This was the revelation, and I got hooked up with math and finally physics ;-)). I think math is the one subject of all sciences which gets distorted most in school.
 
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Is there a good introduction textbook or pdf for quantum chromodynamics?

Since you mention you are in high school I recommend you start with something easier. You should read "Introduction to quantum mechanics" by David Griffiths, I love that book. Griffiths is clear and wholesome and he derives every single theorem and formula with unwavering patience
 
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Hm, given the many confused questions from readers of this book in this forum, I'm not so sure. Also it's a textbook at the university level, which you read in the 4th semester or so. For an ambitioned high-school student I'd rather recommend

https://www.amazon.de/dp/0465062903/
 
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Once you get a hand on calc1 and solving some basic linear differential equations (and maybe PDE's with variable seperation), you could watch MIT ocw's 8.04-6, infact Barton Zwiebach(the lecturer for these courses) recently published his new book on these three courses, "Mastering quantum mechanics Essentials, theory and applications" (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/mastering-quantum-mechanics)
I would also say the first few chapters of Griffiths QM are not too bad either, to get some initial "intuition" and feel for the subject.

Edit: just saw the dates on the post, the OP is probably not in HS anymore
 
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Well, at the level possible for a junior high school knowing nothing about calculus to understand 60+ percent:oops:(Do such books exist with such a hard topic?)
There is no serious physics, let alone QCD, without calculus. That being said, there is a lot of good popular-level physics books, which are not serious in that sense, but which do not need calculus. Some of those are specifically about QCD:
Y. Nambu, Quarks
A. Watson, The Quantum Quark
 
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I thought that old threads automatically get closed.
The mods are probably going to close this one any time time now...
 
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Since you mention you are in high school
That was 4 years ago. Hopefully he's done with high school by now.
 
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