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Would love some Linear Alg and Modern Phy advice :)

  1. Nov 8, 2015 #1

    geoboom

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    Hi guys! Since I'm about to embark on modern physics and linear algebra next year, I've decided to join this community to garner new insights and expose myself to various questions to prepare myself for next year. To begin, I have a few questions for you guys to preempt my preparation.

    Take a look at this: http://www.seab.gov.sg/content/syllabus/alevel/2016Syllabus/9811_2016.pdf
    To those who have gone through a modern physics course, how would you rate the difficulty of the above syllabus?

    Also, I currently have a few modern physics textbooks (namely physics for scientists and engineers and university physics) with solution manuals. What would you veterans recommend me to do for the next 2 months to best prepare myself for next year's modules? Should I begin self-studying the topics and attempting the practices? If so, does anyone have any lecture videos/series to recommend for me to follow? <likewise for linear algebra>

    Thank you and it is indeed an privilege for me to be able to communicate with people of similarly great interest in physics here!
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2015 #2

    Student100

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    Hey Geoboom,

    The course looks like a pretty standard intro using standard freshman/sophomore texts. Self study can't hurt, just read the chapter and then attempt as much of the problem set as possible from the Serway book. I wouldn't recommend any videos, just read and do problems, you'll discover you learn the most from the problems, but you probably already know that.......

    Linear Algebra is interesting, you might want to read up on proofs. Get the text you'll end up using and do the same thing, read -> work problems -> work through the proofs.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2015 #3

    geoboom

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    Thank you very much for your response! Really appreciate the insights offered; I'll get started with studying and practices! :)
     
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