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Hi, I want to start learning physics as I have never studied it in my life but have now taken an interest towards it. I have quite literally zero knowledge on physics, so assume I haven’t taken middle school or high school courses on physics, as I haven’t. I’m 17 currently, but that shouldn’t matter.

My mathematical knowledge is okay, about a high school level. I have been studying the art of problem solving text books, I am at pre-calculus to calculus area of mathematical knowledge.

How would I go about learning physics by self teaching if I have never studied it in my life? Ive read a lot of people suggest calculus physics books to beginners wanting to learn physics on the forums here. But is this intended for people who already understand the basic overview of physics, I.e those who have learned basic physics in high school and already understand the overall concepts and ideas of physics?

I’m unsure that if I was to learning physics by delving into an advanced calculus based physics book which focuses on the minutiaue of calculus and the fine details of physics. That’s I wouldnt have the big picture or a broad understanding of what I am learning if I started with a calculus book like “university physics" which is on calculus and focuses on a first year of university physics.

However I might be mistaken, maybe it does teach the very fundamentals and gives a broad understanding while also teaching calculus based physics.

I was potentially thinking that I start with a book intended for someone with, most likely, zero knowledge of any physics like, "Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide", "For the love of physics", or "Physics for Dummies" etc. Then once I have read through it and understand the fundamentals of physics and overall concepts, maybe then should I start reading and studying calculus based physics books?

I am not sure of what is the optimal approach for someone in my case would be if they wanted to learn physics from the ground up, quite literally from zero knowledge, but with at least some mathematical knowledge.

Thanks.

My mathematical knowledge is okay, about a high school level. I have been studying the art of problem solving text books, I am at pre-calculus to calculus area of mathematical knowledge.

How would I go about learning physics by self teaching if I have never studied it in my life? Ive read a lot of people suggest calculus physics books to beginners wanting to learn physics on the forums here. But is this intended for people who already understand the basic overview of physics, I.e those who have learned basic physics in high school and already understand the overall concepts and ideas of physics?

I’m unsure that if I was to learning physics by delving into an advanced calculus based physics book which focuses on the minutiaue of calculus and the fine details of physics. That’s I wouldnt have the big picture or a broad understanding of what I am learning if I started with a calculus book like “university physics" which is on calculus and focuses on a first year of university physics.

However I might be mistaken, maybe it does teach the very fundamentals and gives a broad understanding while also teaching calculus based physics.

I was potentially thinking that I start with a book intended for someone with, most likely, zero knowledge of any physics like, "Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide", "For the love of physics", or "Physics for Dummies" etc. Then once I have read through it and understand the fundamentals of physics and overall concepts, maybe then should I start reading and studying calculus based physics books?

I am not sure of what is the optimal approach for someone in my case would be if they wanted to learn physics from the ground up, quite literally from zero knowledge, but with at least some mathematical knowledge.

Thanks.

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