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In summary, the speaker is a student in the UK who will be studying physics at university next year. They ask for advice on self-studying and whether to focus on physics content or mathematical techniques first. The expert suggests starting with mathematics (specifically real and complex analysis) for self-study, as it is important in physics and may be different from how it is taught in school. They also recommend using Wikipedia for unfamiliar symbols or definitions. The speaker also mentions their current self-study in linear algebra, complex arithmetic, and plans to look more into classical mechanics. The expert advises not neglecting classical mechanics and suggests making notes and drawings to aid in understanding and memorization.

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Just one question, when you self taught maths or some physical concepts, did you always make notes on it?

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Sounds like a good plan. And I know, that GR, QM and differential geometry are far more exciting than Newton's mechanics. But you would be surprised how many questions here about GR can actually already be answered by good old Isaac.Liam Lau said:

Just one question, when you self taught maths or some physical concepts, did you always make notes on it?

I always write down things as it helps me

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Thanks for all the advice!

The answer to this question depends on your personal learning style and goals. Some people find it helpful to study mathematics first, as it provides a foundation for understanding physics concepts. Others prefer to study physics first, as it allows them to see real-world applications of mathematical concepts. Ultimately, it is important to have a balance of both subjects in order to fully understand and excel in the field of physics.

While a strong foundation in mathematics can be beneficial for studying physics, it is not always necessary. Many introductory physics courses cover the necessary mathematical concepts as they are needed. However, as you progress in your studies, a strong understanding of mathematics will become increasingly important.

Yes, it is possible to study both physics and mathematics at the same time. In fact, the two subjects often overlap and reinforce each other. However, it is important to have a good time management plan in place in order to balance the workload of both subjects.

Studying mathematics first can make some aspects of physics easier to understand, as it provides a foundation for the mathematical concepts used in physics. However, it is not a guarantee that studying mathematics first will make physics easier overall. It is important to have a strong understanding of both subjects in order to excel in physics.

If you are unsure which subject to study first, consider your personal strengths and weaknesses. If you are more confident in your mathematical abilities, you may want to start with mathematics. If you are drawn to the practical applications of physics, you may want to start with physics. Ultimately, it is important to have a balance of both subjects in your studies.

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