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Self-Taught Physics

  1. Jun 2, 2005 #1
    Hey, everyone. I just found this board tonight, and I would definitely appreciate some insight on physics reference and learning materials.

    Can anybody recommend a good self-taught book (or set of books) for physics? Recently I renewed an interest in physics (as kind of a hobby), and I am looking for something more rigorous than an introductory college text. For now, I would like to focus strictly on classical physics to review, reinforce, and fill in some of the gaps at an intermediate level. Hopefully there is something available with a good blend of conceptual and mathematical. Any ideas?

    - Full-time engineer
    - BS in Eng, currently working on MS
    - Intro physics, circuits, materials, statics, dynamics in college (math up to partial differentials with some vector calc)
    - Intuitive thinker but like to calibrate intuition with equations

    Thanks in advance!
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    Goldstein's Classical Mechanics and/or Mechanics by Landau & Lif****z
  4. Jun 2, 2005 #3
    Check out the Harvard intermediate classical mechanics class:



    A different year:

    http://huhepl.harvard.edu/~masahiro/phys151/ [Broken]
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  5. Oct 15, 2011 #4
    Mechanics: Goldstein Classical Mechanics (2nd edition or less), then Lanczos' Variational Principles.

    Thermodynamics: Zemansky Thermodynamics (4th ed) and Howard Reiss' Methods of Thermodynamics

    Statistical mechanics: Hill's introductory book

    Electrodynamics: Arthur Kip's electricity and magnetism.

    Quantum Mechanics: Resnick and Eisberg's Quantum mechanics of molecules, particles, etc.

    Relativity: Hartle's relativity

    After this intermediate stage, move on to the Landau's series.
  6. Oct 15, 2011 #5
    Also, forget about enrolling in a physics course in the university.
    Great minds learn best by self-teaching.

    Universities serve little purpose beyond granting degrees and PhDs.
  7. Oct 15, 2011 #6


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    Dude, the post preceding yours in this thread was more than six years ago!!!
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