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Studying Trying to learn quantum physics on my own

  1. Jul 22, 2017 #1
    I am a UK A levels ( highschool) graduate and on my gap year I want to learn quantum physics on my own and I really want to understand it properly. What are the best resources and approach to learn it should I watch Feynman lecture series or any playlist in YouTube? Are there any books for highschool graduates like me?
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2017 #2
    Would really recommend to develop an intuitive understanding of probabilities and probability amplitudes. Feynaman's lectures Vol 3 chapter one and two deal with this in great detail. Also Physics videos by Eugene khutoryansky on youtube will help you understand a lot of basic quantum topics like spin and wavefunctions. If you are really serious about getting into quantum mechanics with solving problems get yourself a Griffith's textbook and MIT OCW lecture notes are a gold mine of information on the topic.
     
  4. Jul 22, 2017 #3

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    But what exactly is your intention in doing this? Do you simply wish to have a "flavor" of what QM is, or do you intend to have the same level of knowledge and expertise in QM as a physics major? The final goal will dictate the approach that you take.

    If you only have A-level knowledge, please be aware that you do not have anywhere close to the mathematics that is required to be able to work through a QM text at the undergraduate level. Without being able to understand the mathematics and working through the examples and problems in a QM text, you will only get a superficial understanding of the subject.

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  5. Jul 22, 2017 #4
    My aim ultimately is to complete my undergraduate as well as graduate in physics and I want to grasp as much knowledge as possible before I start my studies at the university next year. I am ready to build up my math skills if necessary but I need a guideway to learn it first. I don't want to pick up random topics.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2017 #5

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    This isn't going to help you get a jump start because, given your background, it will have to be a very superficial treatment. Also, it's not a problem because you're already on the path to getting there.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2017 #6

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    What do you know already... algebra? trigonometry? calculus (differential and integral)?
     
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