January 26, 2020
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How to study physics on your own from home in 2020
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You mentioned what you were looking for in a particular order, so I will answer in that order Books:
If you want to study Classical Mechanics, check out Classical Dynamics Of Particles And Systems by Thornton and Marion. Honestly though, books on Classical Mechanics are really a hit or miss with the reader.
If you want to study Quantum Mechanics, check out Introduction To Quantum Mechanics. By Griffiths or A Modern Approach To Quantum Mechanics by Townsend.
For E&M, you cannot go wrong with Introduction To Electrodynamics by Griffiths.
For Thermodynamics, check out Kittel and Kroemer’s Thermal Physics.
That pretty much covers the main areas of a physics major. From then on, you will have to decide what other types of physics you'd like to dabble in. For example, if you want to study astrophysics, Introduction To Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie is a must have.
Online Sources:
Definitely check out the following on YouTube:
MIT Open Course Ware
Yale Courses
Stanford Courses
The Ohio State University’s channel
Walter Lewin’s lectures
Michael Van Biezen
Khan Academy
Hyper Physics
There are obviously many more online sources I could post, but it would take me a long time!
Other
I recommend, after having some background in physics, reading some papers that have been published in scientific journals.
To study physics at home:
I’m not sure that you can receive the equivalent knowledge to a BSc in physics. just by studying at home, but here are some books if you want to give it a try:
For getting into Physics and the very basics …
-Giancoli is great, but can be very shallow at times. Good for someone who has no idea about Physics.
-University Physics by Young and Freedman. Pretty good book, a bit more advanced and definitely more complete than Giancoli. I would recommend this one.
-Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett. Again a general view of Physics, but this one has Calculus in it. I heard it’s pretty good .
After that there’s whole books that specialize in specific branches of Physics. They get more technical, a bit harder, and go into much more detail as you’d expect.
Here are some of the most common ones:
Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow. This one’s considered a Bible for classical mechanics. It’s very complete, but can be a bit hard to read. Knowledge of differential and integral calculus is a requisite.
Electrodynamics by Griffiths: Again another classic. It teaches the math needed (Calculus 3) at the start of the book. It has a pretty sweet cover.
Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell: This one is a bit more advanced.
After that you’ve got Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Solid State Physics, Nuclear physics…etc. I don’t own any books on those topics yet, so I couldn’t really tell you about it.
If you lack the mathematical background, there’s plenty of books and tools for learning Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, though please note that there’s more advanced math after that.
The most complete book would be Apostol, but it’s definitely hard on the scale of hard to read. Leithold is pretty good, and Larsson is pretty understandable but not that complete. You will get the gist of it, though. That’s it for Calculus, perhaps other answers will be able to help you with the other subjects.
University physics is not as difficult if your major is not physics. You have Physics101 and Physics102 in two semesters. The first part is mechanics and the second part is electrodynamics (not much complicated). The book that many university students read is Physics book of Raymond Serway’s, it is similar to Calculus of Math. I would personally prefer to study by books.
Well, the traditional way is using physics holiday book which is a nice source. It will cover everything for you. You also can use some free apps physics to learn physics everywhere at anytime. Also you may find a lots of video tutorials in YouTube by a simple search.
teach yourself physics pdf
If you want a good book on introductory physics, check out Physics For Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett. A good book for modern physics is Modern Physics by Bernstein and Fishbane.If you want to study Classical Mechanics, check out Classical Dynamics Of Particles And Systems by Thornton and Marion. Honestly though, books on Classical Mechanics are really a hit or miss with the reader.
If you want to study Quantum Mechanics, check out Introduction To Quantum Mechanics. By Griffiths or A Modern Approach To Quantum Mechanics by Townsend.
For E&M, you cannot go wrong with Introduction To Electrodynamics by Griffiths.
For Thermodynamics, check out Kittel and Kroemer’s Thermal Physics.
That pretty much covers the main areas of a physics major. From then on, you will have to decide what other types of physics you'd like to dabble in. For example, if you want to study astrophysics, Introduction To Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie is a must have.
Online Sources:
Definitely check out the following on YouTube:
MIT Open Course Ware
Yale Courses
Stanford Courses
The Ohio State University’s channel
Walter Lewin’s lectures
Michael Van Biezen
Khan Academy
Hyper Physics
There are obviously many more online sources I could post, but it would take me a long time!
Other
I recommend, after having some background in physics, reading some papers that have been published in scientific journals.
To study physics at home:
I’m not sure that you can receive the equivalent knowledge to a BSc in physics. just by studying at home, but here are some books if you want to give it a try:
For getting into Physics and the very basics …
-Giancoli is great, but can be very shallow at times. Good for someone who has no idea about Physics.
-University Physics by Young and Freedman. Pretty good book, a bit more advanced and definitely more complete than Giancoli. I would recommend this one.
-Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett. Again a general view of Physics, but this one has Calculus in it. I heard it’s pretty good .
After that there’s whole books that specialize in specific branches of Physics. They get more technical, a bit harder, and go into much more detail as you’d expect.
Here are some of the most common ones:
Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow. This one’s considered a Bible for classical mechanics. It’s very complete, but can be a bit hard to read. Knowledge of differential and integral calculus is a requisite.
Electrodynamics by Griffiths: Again another classic. It teaches the math needed (Calculus 3) at the start of the book. It has a pretty sweet cover.
Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell: This one is a bit more advanced.
After that you’ve got Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Solid State Physics, Nuclear physics…etc. I don’t own any books on those topics yet, so I couldn’t really tell you about it.
If you lack the mathematical background, there’s plenty of books and tools for learning Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, though please note that there’s more advanced math after that.
The most complete book would be Apostol, but it’s definitely hard on the scale of hard to read. Leithold is pretty good, and Larsson is pretty understandable but not that complete. You will get the gist of it, though. That’s it for Calculus, perhaps other answers will be able to help you with the other subjects.
University physics is not as difficult if your major is not physics. You have Physics101 and Physics102 in two semesters. The first part is mechanics and the second part is electrodynamics (not much complicated). The book that many university students read is Physics book of Raymond Serway’s, it is similar to Calculus of Math. I would personally prefer to study by books.
Well, the traditional way is using physics holiday book which is a nice source. It will cover everything for you. You also can use some free apps physics to learn physics everywhere at anytime. Also you may find a lots of video tutorials in YouTube by a simple search.
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