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Hey there, my name's Travis, I'm a high school graduate and prospective theoretical physicist.

I started my post-school learning by looking into correspondence study and got hold of some material from a friend. However, despite the fact that I love calculus and physics, I completed the 1st year linear algebra and Mathematical modelling curriculums within the space of a month while barely going through a quarter, a third and a half of the calculus, electromagnetism and mechanics 1st year curriculums respectively.

Following this I looked into MIT's opencourseware (a fantastic initiative by the by) and started going through "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Kleppner and Kolenkow and I was shocked by how much more enjoyable I found it compared to Knight's "Physics for Scientists and Engineers."

I then started going through MIT's prescribed 1st semester calculus textbook, "Calculus Vol 1." by Apostol and found it somewhat imprecise, profligate with how's and parsimonious with why's and I didn't find it much more preferable than Stewart's "Calculus-early transcendental functions."

After that I remembered once googling a nerd version of "what's your dream team", in this case, "best textbooks on every subject", as opposed to best captain of the enterprise (which, in all honesty, I searched as well.) and in this search, (best textbooks, not spandex wearing captain) a fair few people recommended Calculus by Spivak.

I didn't quite like it at first but now I enjoy it more and more after every page.

And with this I have decided to self study and request feedback on the best topics to do and the best textbooks to use.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Yours in itchy spandex costumes, Travis.

I started my post-school learning by looking into correspondence study and got hold of some material from a friend. However, despite the fact that I love calculus and physics, I completed the 1st year linear algebra and Mathematical modelling curriculums within the space of a month while barely going through a quarter, a third and a half of the calculus, electromagnetism and mechanics 1st year curriculums respectively.

Following this I looked into MIT's opencourseware (a fantastic initiative by the by) and started going through "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Kleppner and Kolenkow and I was shocked by how much more enjoyable I found it compared to Knight's "Physics for Scientists and Engineers."

I then started going through MIT's prescribed 1st semester calculus textbook, "Calculus Vol 1." by Apostol and found it somewhat imprecise, profligate with how's and parsimonious with why's and I didn't find it much more preferable than Stewart's "Calculus-early transcendental functions."

After that I remembered once googling a nerd version of "what's your dream team", in this case, "best textbooks on every subject", as opposed to best captain of the enterprise (which, in all honesty, I searched as well.) and in this search, (best textbooks, not spandex wearing captain) a fair few people recommended Calculus by Spivak.

I didn't quite like it at first but now I enjoy it more and more after every page.

And with this I have decided to self study and request feedback on the best topics to do and the best textbooks to use.

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Yours in itchy spandex costumes, Travis.

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