What is a good start to learning quantum physics?

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I've read a lot of the basic things about them and I'm really interested in them but I honestly have no idea where to start looking at!
I'm guessing can't start on quantum mechanics so could someone tell me everything I'd need to learn before taking them on?
I'm 14 at 9th grade and so far I know some algebra and I haven't really had any problems with maths, so far they've been pretty easy. Could someone guide me to a book or guide around my level to start looking at?
 

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Generally, people who study quantum mechanics at a reasonably relevant level are university students with a relatively strong background in both physics and mathematics. I believe diving right down into this level would be discouraging for you simply because of the lack of prerequisites.

Instead, I would recommend that you study hard in your physics and mathematics courses. If you feel you want to get further faster you can ask your teachers for suggestions at an appropriate level, perhaps the textbook for your next course or for an introductory course at high-school level.

Physics and mathematics are fun, but you have to allow yourself time to absorb the prerequisites before delving deeper. I know it can be frustrating (when I was your age I was upset the high-school curriculum did not seem to include any general relativity), but it is the best advice I can give if you are genuinely interested.
 
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Quantum mechanics would take a while, but you could do what Feynman did at age 13 or something and try to learn calculus. On your horizon would be trigonometry, calculus, and introductory physics. Telling you more subjects than that would probably just overwhelm you at this point, although more geometry might also be good to develop your mathematical mind, if you know how to study it properly.
 

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