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Textbook recommendations for self-studying intermediate to advanced physics.


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      How much math background would you estimate is required for this?

      Concrete example: I took the required college calculus courses (series, integrals… uh… I forget what else?) for my CS degree, plus “discrete math”, and of course there was trig and logic various other stuff in high school. For me to learn this physics, are we talking “brush up a bit” or are we talking “have to first cover the equivalent of n semesters of college math” (for whatever n)?

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        Required college calculus will get you pretty far. You need to be comfortable with derivatives and integrals to do mechanics. You need vector calculus to do EM, and you need linear algebra to do QM. Past there you need various random things from math that you’ll pick up as you go.

        This article links a couple math books to learn as you learn the physics.

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          Ok, thanks!

          (Filing this away mentally as “something I’d like to do someday, given a bunch of free time, but probably not anytime soon”.)

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            TBH I don’t think I would’ve been able to learn physics without taking classes.

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              Hm, yeah, come to think of it, I suspect that is likely true of me as well, because this is exactly how I feel about computer science (this despite CS being supposedly easy to learn on your own).

              I really think there’s no substitute for live, real-time interaction with a) a good instructor, who can answer your specific questions, discuss the particular aspects of the topic that you’re having trouble with, etc., and b) other students who are studying the same thing at the same time.

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