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Teaching yourself physics

  1. Mar 23, 2014 #1
    I'm pretty bored (in high school) and have been interested in physics for a long time , so i searched the web on teaching my self physics and came across this article ( http://www.squidoo.com/garagephysicist [Broken] ). I'm wondering if it's a good guide or a steaming pile of crap or maybe you have a better idea. Thank you in advance.
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    It looks fine to me. Halliday and Resnick was a book I read a long time ago, and although I haven't read the "Demystified" or "For Dummies" books carefully, I've glanced at them, and they seem at the least ok, and possibly quite good. I think the only problem is that books are expensive, so if you can get them from a library that would be better.

    Recently, the classic lectures by Feynman have become freely available at http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/ or http://www.feynmanlectures.info/flp. These have a few mistakes, and I think the view on quantum mechanics might be considered a little idiosyncratic nowadays. Nonetheless these are unparalleled for showing a good way to think about physics. You will probably not understand much in these lectures the first time you read them, so dip into them a little, go and learn from a more standard textbook, then come back again, many times.
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  4. Mar 23, 2014 #3
    I would start by learning calculus, it'll make physics much more interesting. Go through Lang's first course on calculus. After that, you should go through Halliday and Resnick.
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  5. Mar 23, 2014 #4
    Avoid that classical mechanics book they mentioned (Thornton and Marion), unless you prefer nasty equations and moving symbols around to having physical insight and a real understanding of the subject (make no mistake, the subject doesn't HAVE to be all about nasty equations--that is the author's fault, completely). That's my only comment. Can't comment on the rest.
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