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I have Calculus by Stewart and University physics. Which one should I start reading and hope to complete in 2 months and get adequate background for college-level physics?

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In summary, the most important factor in preparing for college-level physics is having a strong foundation in algebra and trigonometry. It is recommended to focus on strengthening these skills before starting either Calculus by Stewart or University physics. If confident in these skills, it is suggested to begin with calculus to avoid the added stress of learning limits and derivatives while applying them in physics. However, it is not advisable to rush through the material in two months, as taking the time to fully understand the concepts will be more beneficial in the long run.

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I have Calculus by Stewart and University physics. Which one should I start reading and hope to complete in 2 months and get adequate background for college-level physics?

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If you're confident in your algebra and trig skills, I would go for calculus first. Simply so you won't have to be learning about limits and derivatives at the same time you're applying them in physics. I would also forget the idea of "completing" either of those books in 2 books. Slow and thoughtful understanding will serve you better than a quick and pseudo understanding.

No, you do not have to wait until you are in college to read University Physics by Freeman & Young. The book can be used as a supplement to high school physics courses or as an introduction to physics for self-study.

Yes, University Physics by Freeman & Young is suitable for beginners. The book is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of physics concepts for students with little to no prior knowledge.

Yes, a strong math background is essential to understanding University Physics by Freeman & Young. The book uses mathematical equations and formulas to explain physics concepts, so a solid understanding of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus is necessary.

Yes, University Physics by Freeman & Young can be used as a reference book. The book is organized in a way that makes it easy to find specific information and equations, making it a useful resource for students and professionals alike.

Yes, University Physics by Freeman & Young covers a wide range of topics and is suitable for all branches of physics. The book covers classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics, making it a comprehensive resource for anyone studying physics.

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