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What is the best physics studying blueprint ?

  1. Sep 9, 2015 #1
    I am not a physics student , but i want to study it and know it myself. So i want a blueprint to study it all. I want a good and easy blueprint .
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 10, 2015
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  4. Sep 10, 2015 #3
    I think no . what is the branches of physics and the books that explain it , what are the books that i need to read and so on
  5. Sep 11, 2015 #4
    I am not entirely sure what you are asking, so I will try to cover all bases.

    Here is a list of the requirements for a undergrad degree in physics at MIT: http://web.mit.edu/physics/current/undergrad/major.html

    Here is the MIT course catalog: http://web.mit.edu/Physics/subjects/index.html

    Here is just a list of physics subjects, if that is what you were looking for: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branches_of_physics

    This is a research website. Under the physics headline, you will see the name of most of the fields that are currently active research-wise: http://arxiv.org/

    Then, if you see a subject that seems interesting, you can just google "Book in <subject>". You can also try "physics stack exchange <subject> book", because someone has probably asked for recommendations before.

    Also, I think if you look through this other thread by ZapperZ (which I think is the basis of Greg Bernhardt's link), you will find several suggestions about courses to take, books, and what is generally expected of someone who has an undergrad in physics. I actually think that is covered on the first page when it says you should be able to do well on the physics gre. So, seeing what topics are tested on the subject test may also be beneficial, but again, I am not positive if any of this is what you were looking for.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015
  6. Sep 11, 2015 #5
    but are these only the branches of physics?
  7. Sep 12, 2015 #6
    Elaborate on what you mean by "branches of physics".

    Also, what is your goal?
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  8. Sep 12, 2015 #7


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    Studying physics just to know it seems like a large investment in time for something you won't actually be practicing or using on a daily basis.

    If you really want to do it, then depending on your math background you'll also need to concurrently study algebra, trig and calculus in the beginning. If you don't already know calculus, then a book like Touger Physics can be had cheaply and is a good place to start.

    Just a forewarning, depending on the level of sophistication you hope to obtain, this is an unrealistic goal.
  9. Sep 27, 2015 #8
    i see
    thank you all
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