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I'm in the gap between college freshman and sophomore. I spent my first year taking lit, art, and history courses, and now find myself having to take time off for familial and financial reasons. To keep our brains in an academic mindset, my mother and I thought we might buy an introductory level college physics textbook and, in our free time, work our way through it as if we were taking an actual course.

I have a good grounding in math: I got a 5 on both the AB and BC Calc in high school (don't ask me why I had to take both) and took a higher-math course where we spent a few months each on Multivariable Calc, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra, though most of that knowledge is a few years rusty, to say the least. I also took a high-school course in Electricity and Magnetism. My mother got her Business Degree from Tepper (Carnegie Mellon's B-School), so she has about twenty years of rust, but I'm sure she could un-rust very quickly, especially since she's always wanted to learn physics. (Especially since her older brother's an astrophysicist. Ah, sibling rivalry. I wish he lived closer, then we could get HIM to teach us.)

We've browsed Borders for books like The Cartoon Guide to Physics, but we're looking for something much more serious, with problem sets and an answer key or guide so we can essentially teach ourselves Intro to Physics 101 without a teacher.

Any recommendations anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated!