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Textbook Suggestions for a Physics Student with Little Experience

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Hello everyone! Before I begin, I would like to thank you for helping me by responding or just being intrigued by this.

I’m a high school student who wants to basically have a very deep understanding of classical mechanics (for f=ma exam and ultimately my dream). My only experience with physics is most of the AP Physics 1 course in Khan Academy. I have also read a bit of Feynman’s Lectures Volume 1 along with some H.C Verma.

My problem is that I don’t know what would be the best set of textbooks to pick. I’ve heard people recommend the Feynman’s Lectures and Morin’s Intro to Classical Mechanics duo but I feel that I may not be “prepared” for them. I also heard of the triplet HC Verma, DC Pandey and Irodov but fear that the beginning will be too “easy” meaning it wouldn’t teach me much.

To summarize, I am a student with tiny bit of Physics experience who is in need of a classical mechanics textbook (or any introductory ones in general). Sorry if I wasted your time and I hope you a wonderful and productive day.
 

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PhanthomJay
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You are not wasting anyone’s time. By far the best text for intro physics in Mechanics is the decades old book by Halliday and Resnick and Walker entitled
“ Fundamentals of Physics” (the latest basic edition, not the extended edition which covers advanced topics). The book covers Mechanics (forces , vectors, motion, energy, momentum, etc.) and also other branches of Physics like electricity, magnetism, waves, relativity). If you took AP PHY 1, I assume the text on Mechanics covers the same topics, although I’m not familiar with Khans course. Be sure it’s Calculus based Physics, even though you might not have taken Calculus yet, but which you should take.
Good Luck!
 
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Maybe Antony French's Newtonian mechanics.
 

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