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Teaching Myself Physics

  1. May 3, 2010 #1
    What would be the best book to teach myself physics? I'm currently a sophomore in high school and am taking trig this year and pre-calc next year. I'm also taking physics honors next year. However, I would like to get a jump on this course and eventually try to move into quantum mechanics on my own. So what would be the best introductory book and then the best book for moving on into more advanced topics?
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  3. May 5, 2010 #2
  4. May 5, 2010 #3
    University Physics by Sears and Zemansky, I found, was quite complete in terms of elementary physics. It is not calculus based, however, it does show how calculus can be applied to the various concepts. The first few chapters revolve around vectors, motion in 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D, as well as kinematics of rotation and Work-Energy.

    It comes in a bundle of three books (Or 1 if you get hardcover) which spans the whole of the Canadian pre-university curriculum in physics(Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Wave Motion and Modern Physics). It also reaches out to higher levels of physics (Black holes and their properties are introduced in the second half of book 1.)


  5. May 5, 2010 #4
    Also, if the above book does not suit you since it is non-calculus based, then try this: Fundamentals of Physics by Haliday and Resnick.

  6. May 5, 2010 #5
    The "University Physics" I have is definitely calculus based. Maybe not as rigorous as an upper level mechanics or EM book but calculus based without a doubt.
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