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Undergrad Physics Collection

  1. Feb 7, 2013 #1
    As a long-time lurker, I have really been enjoying being able to find advice regarding good physics books for an undergrad student. However, I am looking for advice on a set of books that would be adequate for self-teaching enough physics that I could basically learn what a "normal" undergrad would. I know it's not ideal, but I am at a university studying math, and my school only has up through algebra-based mechanics (and I think E&M). If I could transfer in an affordable way I would, but currently it looks like I will be staying here.

    I have a decent math background, having taken Linear Algebra, Calc 1 & 2, and I am taking Number Theory and Prob & Stats now. Since I am majoring in math, a year from now I expect to have Multivariable, Modern Geometry, Abstract Algebra, and more Prob & Stats. Here's a quick list of subjects I am looking for books on:

    -Thermodynamics / Statistical Mechanics (Do these belong in the same category?)
    -Atomic Physics
    -Special Relativity
    -(possibly?) General Relativity
    -ODEs
    -PDEs

    These are textbooks I already have access to:

    -Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by A.C. Phillips (I have worked approximately halfway through, and I'm fairly satisfied with the book)
    -Quantum Mechanics by Zettili
    -Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths (plus a solution manual)
    -Optics by Hecht
    -Classical Mechanics by Taylor


    I found those texts through recommendations on these forums, as they seem to be standard and well-received. Is this a sufficient list? Are there any switches (or additions) I should make with the books I've found already?

    Thank you in advance- it's great to know I have the opportunity to get advice from others who have continued in physics!


    *Disclaimer: I know learning on my own is not as good as a formal education; this is the best I can manage for the time being, and I am satisfied with what I can do through individual study.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
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