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buchholz

Hi,

I'm currently in "gymnasiet" in Denmark, which I understand is similar to high school in the US. It's what gives you access to universities, so to speak. After "gymnasiet", which I'm done with summer 2019, I'm planning on going to university for a physics degree.

I'm currently taking physics B and math B (A levels next year) and while I like it a lot, it can feel a bit slow sometimes and a bit far from some of the topics I find so extremely interesting like quantum mechanics, black holes, relativity and so on. Of course, I understand that I need the foundation before I can get to the other stuff.

Now to my actual question...

I'd like to advance more than what I will if I simply follow the course I am on in school and I would like to not have to wait years before I get to stuff like black holes in university (if that is even something it touches on) in years time, so I'd like to put together a self-study plan I can work at while I go to school. Something that will let me advance as much as possible, at the rate I am able to go through the stuff while also doing school stuff.

My first thought was to dive into Susskinds three books of The Theoretical Minimum series, but I've read from a couple of places on the internet that it's more a kind of "laymans physics", so I'm thinking it might not be worth it to put my time into if it doesn't actually teach me the stuff properly. I've also thought about some of the Griffiths books, but I'm not sure if they are too advanced for me yet.

So basically, would anybody help me with advice for putting together a personal reading plan to achieve my goal of getting a ton of knowledge of physics?

I should add that for math (for itself and to support the physics) I already have plan that I have been at for some time now:

- Algebra – Gelfand

- Trigonometry – Gelfand

- Functions and Graphs – Gelfand

- Method of Coordinates – Gelfand

- A First Course in Calculus – Lang

- Calculus – Spivak

- Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Forms: A Unified Approach – Hubbard

- Linear Algebra – Friedberg or Linear Algebra – Lang

- Elementary Differential Equations – Boyce and DiPrima

Thanks in advance.

I'm currently in "gymnasiet" in Denmark, which I understand is similar to high school in the US. It's what gives you access to universities, so to speak. After "gymnasiet", which I'm done with summer 2019, I'm planning on going to university for a physics degree.

I'm currently taking physics B and math B (A levels next year) and while I like it a lot, it can feel a bit slow sometimes and a bit far from some of the topics I find so extremely interesting like quantum mechanics, black holes, relativity and so on. Of course, I understand that I need the foundation before I can get to the other stuff.

Now to my actual question...

I'd like to advance more than what I will if I simply follow the course I am on in school and I would like to not have to wait years before I get to stuff like black holes in university (if that is even something it touches on) in years time, so I'd like to put together a self-study plan I can work at while I go to school. Something that will let me advance as much as possible, at the rate I am able to go through the stuff while also doing school stuff.

My first thought was to dive into Susskinds three books of The Theoretical Minimum series, but I've read from a couple of places on the internet that it's more a kind of "laymans physics", so I'm thinking it might not be worth it to put my time into if it doesn't actually teach me the stuff properly. I've also thought about some of the Griffiths books, but I'm not sure if they are too advanced for me yet.

So basically, would anybody help me with advice for putting together a personal reading plan to achieve my goal of getting a ton of knowledge of physics?

I should add that for math (for itself and to support the physics) I already have plan that I have been at for some time now:

- Algebra – Gelfand

- Trigonometry – Gelfand

- Functions and Graphs – Gelfand

- Method of Coordinates – Gelfand

- A First Course in Calculus – Lang

- Calculus – Spivak

- Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Forms: A Unified Approach – Hubbard

- Linear Algebra – Friedberg or Linear Algebra – Lang

- Elementary Differential Equations – Boyce and DiPrima

Thanks in advance.

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