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What textbooks correspond to what courses?

  1. Mar 27, 2014 #1
    I want to teach myself physics and math -

    I'm currently halfway through my first year in physics, but I hate riding the magic gravy train where my professors spoon feed me little bits of information - where there's some stuff I wont see for a year or two even though physics isn't necessarily linear like that.

    SO. I want to know WHAT I'm going to learn. So that I can look up textbooks and syllabi so that I can at the very least expose myself to everything before I get to it.

    I'm continuing to google but I figured this site would be a good place to ask

    My one example would be

    Physics - first year - "University Physics - Young and Freedman" or "Physics - Randall d. knight"
    Classical Mechanics \ Thermodynamics \ Waves Optics \ Electricity Magnetism

    What does that look like for the rest of a bachelors? For a masters? Any place I can find out?
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  3. Mar 27, 2014 #2


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    If you're already at a university, go to its web site and look up the courses you'll be taking in order to complete a physics major. You'll probably also find syllabi and textbook lists on the physics department's or individual professors' web pages.

    If you're not at a university yet, pick one (or more) that you might end up going to, and check their web sites.
  4. Mar 27, 2014 #3
    I've been doing that, but "phys 22" vs "phys 2B" vs "Phys 22b" Doesn't tell me anything useful. I've been going through and googling "Class (phys 22) @ University (X)" one at a time and that's working though.

    So far I see that it's pretty much
    Classical mechanics \ Electromagnetism \ Waves - Optics \ Thermodynamics \ Symmetry ? \ special relativity \ relativity \ fluid dynamics \ condensed matter \ subatomic particles

    and that everything else is graduate

    I'm mostly interested in a person's why here in particular.
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  5. Mar 27, 2014 #4


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    There should be course listings with actual names and descriptions. Instead of using Google, start from the top of a university web site and work your way down to the physics department pages. Different universities lay out their sites differently, so you'll probably have to explore a bit.
  6. Mar 27, 2014 #5


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    Your school doesn't have a university bookstore?

  7. Mar 27, 2014 #6


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    The small college where I work no longer has a bookstore, just a small store that sells college-branded items like sweatshirts. Students order their books online through a third-party vendor that faculty submit their textbook lists to, or from amazon.com.

    Larger schools probably still have bookstores, but they're probably not getting nearly as much business as they used to.
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