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What should I study next to get to the level I want?

  1. Jul 31, 2010 #1

    I'm interested in learning about Quantum Physics, but I know I have a long time before I actually get to that level. A really long time. Like I've only come a couple steps in this thousand mile long journey.

    So far, I have alot of Single-variable calculus, and Calculus-based Introductory Physics of Electricity and Magnetism, and Mechanics under my Math/Science belt. (I took AP Physics C, and AP Calculus AB in my last and most recent year of high school if that gives you any indication of what I know so far)

    I would really appreciate just a list of what I should cover, when I should cover it, and what I should emphasize.

    I just need to do this. I don't care how long it takes me, as long as I get there.

    Thank you for any help or advice that you can give me, even if it isn't much.
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  3. Aug 1, 2010 #2


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    Get a textbook for a (college/university) sophomore-level "introduction to modern physics" course, for example this one. Books like this are geared to precisely your level of preparation.
  4. Aug 1, 2010 #3

    Do you know of anywhere that offers that type of information given in the textbook for free?
    I know I could buy the used textbook for about $1 (from the url), I'm just curious if I could even save that.
  5. Aug 1, 2010 #4
    *cough* pirate it *cough*

    DISCLAIMER: I do not, in any way, support piracy. ;D
  6. Aug 2, 2010 #5
    Lol. I might just NOT have to do that. I would never ever pirate something from the internet. Never ever ever.
  7. Aug 2, 2010 #6
    uhh library?
  8. Aug 2, 2010 #7


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    Now I'm curious... moral reasons, fear of getting caught, or fear of virus infections? (I don't think it's even possible to infect a pdf or a djvu file). Regarding the morality aspects, I download tons of stuff, and I still buy all the books I'm actually going to study, so the fact that I'm able to (and do) download almost everything I want doesn't affect anyone's profit. I use downloads the same way people used libraries in the past (and I guess some people still do :smile:).

    Anyway, I think you should check out https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Quantum-Mechanics-David-Griffiths/dp/0131118927/. It's a great book that will really help you understand the theory better.
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  9. Aug 2, 2010 #8
    MIT OpenCourseWare is always a good resource.

    http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-04-quantum-physics-i-spring-2006/syllabus/ [Broken]

    It's not piracy! :D Math might be somewhat advanced though.
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  10. Aug 3, 2010 #9
    Lol. *cough*Sarcasm-intended-in-my-last-post*cough* :smile:

    But thanks! Those all sound like great resources! I'll look at them right away.
  11. Aug 3, 2010 #10

    I've heard good things about OCW from MIT. I completely forgot about it till you mentioned it. Thanks!
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