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Physics and mathematics books [duplicate]

I've just been accepted into Aeronautical engineering bachelors. Since I finished high school 2 years ago, I would like to refresh my memory on mathematics and physics. What would be some good books, ...
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Will an Electrical Engineering Minor give me a significant advantage in experimental physics? [closed]

I'm currently choosing courses to complete in my university degree (science) and thought completing some basic electrical engineering may be useful if I go into academic experimental physics research. ...
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University and Physics? [closed]

I am personally planning to study physics in university. I wonder if the Australian defense force does courses in physics. also what pathway opportunities are available to on post-graduation of uni ...
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Physics problem website names [duplicate]

I think this type of questions should not be ask on this site but Please someone of you provide me website names from where I can practice good High School level various Physics problems, to build ...
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Solutions manual for Peres' book 'Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods'

I'm working through Asher Peres' book 'Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods,'and finding it immensely useful. I fully Recommend it! But when working on the problems in it I'd like to check my ...
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What type of physicist studies quantum physics the most? [closed]

I want to become a physicist, and I am particularly interested in quantum physics. I know quantum physics has applications in many branches of physics. Condensed matter physicists use it among others. ...
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Is it better to learn (and work with) Dirac formalism from beginning of studying Quantum Mechanics? [closed]

I want to find the best approach to Quantum Mechanics. Should i start with learning the Dirac formalism(and maybe studying from a book like Shankar's which uses it from the get go) or should i start ...
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Computational advantages of various notations for electromagnetism [closed]

Most undergraduate electromagnetism classes and textbooks use vector notation to describe Maxwell's equations. However, there are other notations like differential geometry and geometric calculus ...
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Classical Mechanics Resources [duplicate]

I hope that my question doesn't violate the posting rules. I was wondering if any of you have any resources (websites, books, etc.) for classical mechanics. My first week of classical mechanics has ...
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Reference request for relativistic imaging

Being a high-school physics teacher, I always am searching for compelling and different approaches to the subject. In the case of (special) relativity a frequent curiosity arises while discussing what ...
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I wanna learn Quantum Physics [duplicate]

I'm searching for a book, video documentary, or any other source of information to learn Quantum Physics from the beginning. I know almost nothing on physics, so I guess I would need the basics first. ...
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Which of Landau's books are suited for undergraduates? [closed]

Seeing how well-received Landau's books are, I want to know if any of them are suited for undergraduates.
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Where can I find accesible educational material on the formation of the solar system?

I'm kind of scathing my head over this. First of all, I'm not a physicist of any kind, I'm a software developer, but I'm also a bit passionate about astronomy(usually read the news) and in my free ...
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How can one meaningfully say that one field generates the other in an EM-wave?

This is a follow up question to: Do the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave really generate each other? Clearly there are nuances of how one states the "mutual induction" ...
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Startups for astrophysics [duplicate]

Between astrophysics and quantum mechanics both are interesting and I've had an answer for quantum mechanics but is there anywhere I should start at first or any books? I'm 14 so I don't really know ...
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What are some “I wish someone had parted that wisdom onto me” tips for beginning a bachelor's degree in Physics? [closed]

I start classes next Monday for Physics and I am beyond nervous. I don't really know what to expect in the big world of upper-level science. Granted, I'm only going for an Undergrad right now, but I'm ...
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How can I best independently study physical cosmology? [duplicate]

My background : I'm currently in my junior year in college majoring in astrophysics. I have taken GR, and some intro cosmology here and there, but nothing in great depth. I had my heart set on ...
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Could someone give me a list of textbooks (mimimum number) recommended for undergrad physics? [duplicate]

in order for me to get a complete understanding of the physics undergraduate course with the minimum number of good textbooks. i am attempting to self study physics as I'm currently enrolled in ...
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Self Teaching QFT

I am currently in the process of teaching myself QFT. It is not an easy task. I have armed myself with many of the standard textbooks. However, I am slow learner. I get stuck on a thousand ...
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Need A Collection Textbooks To Use As Stepping Stones to QFT [duplicate]

So, I am a medical physics student with a long term goal of learning QFT. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to take courses that would build up to QFT. I have taken the time to search for many ...
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Software engineer vs physics engineer vs computational physics [closed]

Don't know if this question is off topic, but i think it is the best place to get an answer. I am finishing the 3rd year of a degree in physics engineering. I enjoyed the first year, but in the ...
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What depth of learning must be achieved to sufficently understand advanced physics topics? [closed]

I was recently asked the following question by a friend of mine who is an undergraduate mathematics student, and I thought it would be beneficial to see what the members here have to say about it, as ...
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How can I properly learn relativity with an electrical engineering background? [closed]

I want to properly learn the theory of relativity, purely for self-interest. When I say relativity, I mean both flavours: special and general. Are there any good books which go into both the ...
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Is my understanding of Newton's third law correct. And why is this law taught the way it usually is? [closed]

For years, Newton's third law has always bugged me. Sure, on some level I could believe it. After all, it must be true else I wouldn't be able to jump off the ground. But it always seemed extremely ...
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Physics books with practical applications [closed]

It is very important when learning a physical subject to know how it applies to nature, so that when one is out on a walk one can see how the abstract physical principles appear in nature. I believe ...
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Self Study Textbook Progression from Griffiths QM to QFT? [duplicate]

Hello Physics StackExchange! I will put the TL;DR in the beginning: I need a self contained, relatively hand-holding sequence of textbooks that covers up from the end of Griffith's Intro to QM to ...
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Self Study Textbook Progression from QM to QFT? [duplicate]

Hello Physics StackExchange! I will put the TL;DR in the beginning: I need a self contained, relatively hand-holding sequence of textbooks that covers up from the end of Griffith's Intro to QM to ...
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Start learning Math for all my Physics [duplicate]

I know Physics but I don't know Math for this physics. Let me explain. When I say I know physics I mean I know stuff like Einsteins Special & General Relativity, Time Dilation, Gravitational ...
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Am I too young? [closed]

I am only 14 years old but I dream of being a physicist what we learn in school seems very simple for me I am a freshmen and I learn Igsce syllabus and I don't seem to find it hard at all , but i am ...
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Heuristic explanation of the difference between vectors and scalars in physics

I'm trying to give a student a (physically) intuitive, heuristic explanation as to why certain quantities are vectors and others are scalars. Here is what I have come up with: Scalars are quantities ...
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Do you know the principle which says that connecting two sources of similar kind produces a waste and destruction? [closed]

There is a great article, called commutation cells, which states that you cannot transfer kinetic energy from one container to another immediately, bypassing the potential energy storage. Otherwise, ...
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Change in forces acting on a car

As a biochemist now teaching physics (middle school), I have what might be two silly questions. I get that for a stationary car to move forward, the forward force (acceleration) needs to be greater ...
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TQFT lectures with exercises

I'm interested in topological quantum field theory and study works of Witten and others by myself. Does anybody know where can I find any good exercises in this subject? By "good" I mean something ...
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Topics required before studying Tensor Calculus [closed]

Which topics do I need to know before going through tensor calculus?
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How to learn physics on my own [duplicate]

I am 14 year old I want to learn physics up to a level where I can invent stuff. I want to be an inventor so I need to learn Mechanical physics at the moment. I am comfortable with both mathematical ...
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Analogy of curvature of space with sheet and ball [closed]

Many times people try to explain why mass curves the space with the ball on a sheet but in this analogy, I believe there is so many wrong corespondencies that it is actually a bad one. Implication ...
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Is the finite element method easily extrapolable to new disciplines? [closed]

I am a structural engineer with a good solid mechanics background. I am reasonably familiar with finite element methods as applied to linear/nonlinear solids and structures, I would like to know how ...
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Elementary graphical error analysis

Suppose you analyze experimantal data with pencil and piece of paper, one simple method is to plot the data in a linearized way with error bars. Suppose you are interested in the slope of this linear ...
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Undergrad in QFT/GR looking to do string theory Ph.D [closed]

I am currently a third year undergrad in physics who is currently taking QFT and GR. I took these classes just out of pure interest in the subjects but I find that my mind is being blown almost every ...
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Electron's eternal “orbit” about the nucleus [duplicate]

My 8th grade student asks me: "Why don't electrons just fall into the nucleus?" I don't want to lie and tell them it's "just like the Moon not falling onto Earth, because of, you know, acceleration". ...
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Why can't anything travel faster than light?

It is a well known fact, that nothing can travel faster than light. I have discussed that fun fact numerous times with my 8 year old son. One day he asked "why?", and I realized that I didn't know the ...
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Educational benefit of putting units outside of variables? [closed]

When I studied physics (both in high-school and university), in all of the worked examples, variables would be used to denote physical quantities, and thus include dimensional units. For example, ...
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What are the prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics? [duplicate]

What are the mathematical prerequisites needed to grasp analytical mechanics conceptually and technically? What textbook is adequate for this purpose for an undergraduate student? To understand the ...
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Inaccuracy at measuring gravity constant with Cavendish experiment

For a scientific work for school I decided to measure the gravity constant with the Cavendish experiment. I set up a structure like the one suggested on this website: ...
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What are pre-requisites for studying Brownian Motion? [closed]

I know Classical Mechanics (Feynman Lectures of Physics), Fluid mechanics (BR Munson) and basic Thermodynamics (not the part which includes statistical mechanics). Can I study Brownian motion on this ...
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What is the prerequisite for learning quantum mechanics

I want to learn quantum mechanics myself and when I open books about them I see weird symbols and different types of mathematical formulas and physics concepts. So what should I first study in ...
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What kind of math do I need got general relativity? [duplicate]

I'm 15 this year and have a passion in physics What kind of math do I need to tackle general relativity? Also what year in uni do we learn about general relativity?
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Exercise book recommendations to accompany “Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students” by Faddeev and Yakubovskii?

I'm currently going through "Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students" by Faddeev and Yakubovskii, which is great. But there are no exercises. Is there a book you'd recommend with ...