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Textbooks for Self-Study

  1. Jun 24, 2012 #1

    I am a high school student wishing to self study physics. I am just seeking some advice on the textbooks that I should use for both physics and the accompanying mathematics. For calculus, I already have some background knowledge based on previous readings of Stewart's book, but I would like to study calculus thoroughly this time. What textbook should I use? As for physics, it is a similar situation with regards to the background knowledge. Should I start with a general calculus-based textbook such as Halliday and Resnick or University Physics? And if so, which one should I use?

    Thank you.
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  3. Jun 25, 2012 #2


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    Thomas, Calculus and Plane Geometry (or something like that) is a classic text. I learned from the 2nd edition and let my kids use it as a supplement when they studied calc--no complaints. You can therefore save yourself some money by buying a used copy of an early edition (after all calculus hasn't changed much!)

    I think Halliday and Resnick is a better book than Sears and Zemansky's.
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