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Here are a few examples of what i would like to learn during summer. (not all of them of course, but just a general idea of topics that intrest me)

- Relativity
- Quantum mechanics
- Nuclear physics
- Condensed matter

Thank you for your time,

-Mayed.

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Here are a few examples of what i would like to learn during summer. (not all of them of course, but just a general idea of topics that intrest me)

- Relativity
- Quantum mechanics
- Nuclear physics
- Condensed matter

Thank you for your time,

-Mayed.

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My personal recommendation would be to solidify your understanding of calculus-based mechanics. I would go over a book like OpenStax University Physics http://cnx.org/contents/d50f6e32-0fda-46ef-a362-9bd36ca7c97d for this.

Linear Algebra would be a great thing to study alongside Special Relativity and QM. It is used

You can start the remainder of your list with Special Relativity. I haven't found a good book to teach out of, but I'm going to try David Morin's "Special Relativity For the Enthusiastic Beginner" next semester. I think it's fairly inexpensive. There is actually an

Knowing electricity and magnetism would be a good thing to do while studying SR, although you can do all the relativistic mechanics without it. Again, a book like OpenStax University Physics should be just fine for this. Eventually, Griffith's Electrodynamics book is the current standard for University-level E&M.

Quantum Mechanics somewhat uses some of the ideas from Special Relativity, but you will need a good grounding in not only differential equations, but

Nuclear Physics and Condensed Matter will depend on your knowledge of QM. So, although you

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Special Relativity is a good one to start, as it doesn't require advanced mathematics but is a big conceptual hurdle to overcome. It's definitely worth getting a head's start, as long as you don't confuse yourself.

Here are a few examples of what i would like to learn during summer. (not all of them of course, but just a general idea of topics that intrest me)

I know i could find alot on the internet but i would like help knowing what I should learn first, whats the mathematics required for such topics etc.

- Relativity
- Quantum mechanics
- Nuclear physics
- Condensed matter

Thank you for your time,

-Mayed.

There's a free textbook here:

http://www.lightandmatter.com/sr/

As a textbook, I like:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1891389610/?tag=pfamazon01-20&tag=pfamazon01-20

It might be good for you in that it is designed for self-study and probably as a supplement to a full university course. That said, he covers a lot of material. It lets you learn SR in manageable steps - rather than a more advanced mathematical-based treatment.

In terms of getting ahead in calculus another free resource is:

http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/

This is worth looking at before you buy a calculus book.

Quantum Mechanics, I think, is advanced mathematically and it's better if you have a good understanding of classical physics first. And, unless you have mastered linear algebra, you may find QM a bit difficult to comprehend. Personally, I would leave that and definitely look at SR first.

If you still have time, then Linear Algebra is worth learning - although I don't have a recommendation for a text book.

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