What topics do I need to study (in order) so that I can study electromagnetics on the quantum scale?
What is the name of the discipline studying electromagnetism on the quantum scale?
Do I need to know nuclear physics?
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Starting from scratch I would propose an order of topics to study as follows:
- Kinematics (motion)
- Dynamics (forces)
- Rotational kinematics and dynamics
- Collisions (momentum and impulse)
- Vibrations and waves
- Electricity (DC)
- Electricity (AC)
- Magnetic fields and forces
- Electromagnetic waves
- Light (optics, photons)
- Quantum mechanics
Nuclear physics and all about atoms and molecules are good topics to continue with from here. But not necessary to get the hang of electromagnetism.
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