I'm looking for good book recommendations for preparing for the International Physics Olympiad. As stated on the IPhO syllabus, the topics covered are about the same as those in the first year or two of a physics degree:
- Mechanics: kinematics, dynamics, celestial mechanics, hydrodynamics
- Electromagnetism: Maxwell's equations, circuits, matter in EM fields
- Waves: damped/driven harmonic oscillators, waves, interference and diffraction, geometrical optics
- Modern: special relativity, matter waves, particle and nuclear physics
- Thermodynamics: laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, phase transitions
However, there's less of an emphasis on complicated calculations, and more of an emphasis on problem solving and insight. For example, multivariable calculus is almost never used; instead many questions can be elegantly solved by symmetry. I'm looking for textbooks or problem books to bring me to this level, starting from the level of high school physics.