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Good math books for basic physics [closed]

I am good at math, but bad at applying it. Is there any book which goes over math being applied for basic physics primarily motion?
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Fredric Schuller's lecture notes for Classical Mechanics

In 2014, Dr. Friedric Sculler taught a course in German at FAU on classical mechanics. In one of the classes, he mentions sharing his detailed notes with the class which are in English. The link for ...
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Looking for video courses on general relativity, aimed at a mathematician crowd [closed]

I am a mathematician, working in symplectic geometry. I am looking for online avalible video recordings of courses in general relativity, which are geared towards an audience of mathematicians. ...
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Book recommendation for mathematical physics [closed]

Recently I was going online through many "Mathematical methods in physics" books. To name two of them : Arfken, ML Boas. I want to buy one of the above to start my undergrad physics course (...
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I am in 11th grade. I want to ask that the physics I will deal with in class 11 and 12th grade involves chaotic systems or not? [closed]

I have a doubt that has given me a headache. the non-linear dynamics and chaotic systems physicists talk about, these are higher level physics and maths concepts, right? I am in 11th grade; are we ...
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Where can I find physics books affordable costs or can I copy PDFs online? [duplicate]

Can I copy pdf online of physics books to study and as hard copy at low price or any legal issues
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Do objects really "fall" at the same rate? [duplicate]

I understand that a hammer and a feather were dropped on the moon and they both landed at the same time. I understand that for all practical intents and purposes all objects do fall at the same rate. ...
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Prerequisites to learn/work on double copy theory and amplitude methods for gravity

I am a PhD student in classical gravity; specifically in BH perturbation and GW. I am interested in learning about the double copy and the use of scattering amplitudes in understanding GW physics. I ...
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Is there any experiment suitable for children to prove the photomolecular effect?

The photomolecular effect happens when a TM-polarized laser shines on the air–water interface at an angle such that an electrical field component perpendicular to the surface changes rapidly across ...
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Mechanics textbook advice [duplicate]

I am currently looking for a good textbook on Newtonian mechanics but am unable to find anything that suits my specific needs. I have already done an advanced high school mechanics course and would ...
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Acoustic Field Theory examples and resources

Does anyone know of any good resources to study Acoustic Field Theory? Mainly focused on reflection and refraction of acoustic waves. I currently have online versions of B.A. Auld's book on Acoustic ...
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Is the set of possible elementary particle types equal to the set of all combinations of their properties? [closed]

I'm playing around with a mnemonic system for a fantasy language I'm working on, for remembering the properties of elementary particles. Each letter represents a unique sound. i a u These 3 are the &...
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(Opinionish) Feynman Lectures Exercise: Use principle of virtual work to show the following about $n$ forces in static equilibrium

I would normally not want someone to provide a complete and well-stated solution to an exercise. In this case, that is exactly what I am seeking. The following exercise appears in Chapter 2 of the ...
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Can someone here recommend books for physics? [duplicate]

basically I want books at advanced High-School level that make stuff easier to understand as well as make them interesting and i want them to be relevant to a level physics CIE which is Cambridge ...
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Papers About electromagnetism [duplicate]

What papers by people who developed electromagnetism are worth reading to help understand their original thoughts?
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What's a good way to explain special relativity to a layman? [closed]

For quantum mechanics, the electron double slit experiment is a good starting point. Lay people have heard of electrons in high school, and think of them as particles. They're familiar with water ...
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What convention, if any, exists regarding the algebraic signs of constants and variables such as in this exercise?

This problem is from the original exercise set to accompany The Feynman Lecture on Physics. I am absolutely not asking how to find the solution. I am asking if there is some convention regarding the ...
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What is the emission spectrum of an igniting match?

I took this photo of a burning match just after striking. There are clear emission lines rippling throughout the spectrum and a huge peak in the orange. Nowhere online could I find a lit match ...
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Are there different ways of using the term 'energy scale'?

Are there a few different ways of using the term 'energy scale' that differ in their precise meanings? For instance, in the context of the chart provided, 'energy scales' denotes the magnitude of ...
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I want to start learning physics [duplicate]

I want to start learning physics, could you recommend books and/or other resources to get me started in this field? I would also like you to tell me what things I should keep in mind before I start ...
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Review of Competitive Physics: Jinhui Wang, Bernard Ricardo Part 1 and 2 for Physics Olympiads [closed]

I do have a copy of the book, which seems great. It was written by an Olympiad trainer and a student, which means it is related to Olympiads. But I never saw anyone mention the book. Is it any good ...
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Book Recommendation [duplicate]

I am a first year PhD student and I am going to work in Quantum Optics ahead in my PhD. I am right now undergoing my coursework and I want to read the subject from the scratch to build a good ...
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Looking for textbook on differential geometry [duplicate]

I am looking for a textbook(s) that discusses differential geometry, smooth manifolds etc. More precisely, I have been trying to find a textbook that covers the following topics: Differential ...
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Introductory Reference for Supergravity

I have finished quantum field theory and general relativity and want to read about supergravity. I have read about supersymmetry from the demystify series and the supersymmetry part of Wess and Bagger'...
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In diagrams, how can I indicate that a body is not moving or rotating?

I often create diagrams to illustrate the scenario of an exercise for my students. These are not necessarily free-body diagrams, as creating those may be part of the task or similar or it would be ...
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Numerical Relativity for Computer Scientists

What resources on numerical relativity/simulation would be suitable for a primarily theoretical computer science background [algorithms analysis, complexity theory, etc.]? Importantly, while I'm ...
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Need help to clarify understanding example of time nature from Hawking's book "Briefer History of Time"

I'm reading Hawking's book "Briefer History of Time" both in Ukrainian and Russian languages and found a possible translation mistake in this paragraph (last page of "Chapter 6. CURVED ...
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Self Understanding the technical concepts of Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

So I have always been passionate in physics but recently I began to take a greater interest in learning more than the curriculum of my age. I have a significant theoretical understanding of quantum ...
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Book Recommendation for Hard Problems in Mechanics

My search for a book with extremely hard physics problems(conceptual or a problem to solve) had led me to a couple books like "Pathfinder for Olympiad and JEE (Advanced) Physics", "I.E ...
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Does using Mathematica to do integrals in problems from Griffith's EM hamper my physics education?

I am a sophomore taking an Electromagnetic Theory class using Griffiths. When working on the problems in the text I sometimes encounter integrals that are quite involved at least compared to what I am ...
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Non-Technical Book on QM

Speaking to my friends and family about my job I often receive the question of what quantum mechanics really is. I always find very time-expensive to explain it with no technical informations and ...
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Seeking Advice to Dive into General and Special Relativity [duplicate]

I've got a second degree in engineering and a solid grip on the basics of physics. Now, I'm itching to take a deep dive into the worlds of general and special relativity. I've explored some ...
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Frederic Paul Schuller QFT notes

I have heard that Fredric Paul schuller gave a lecture on Quantum field theory once. Can someone provide me with the lecture notes of that course?
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Lecture Notes or videos closely following Peskin & Schroeder QFT chapter 6 and chapter 7 (Radiative Correction)

I am looking for Lecture Notes or videos closely following Peskin & Schroeder QFT chapter 6 and chapter 7 (Radiative Correction). I will be glad if someone suggest that.
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Set of problems on path integration technique with solutions?

Does there exist a book, lecture notes, or a collection of problem sets, that contains a big number of problems in path integration technique, with solutions, akin to books that contain multitudes of ...
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Describe the characteristics of a Hamiltonian System to a non-scientist

A Hamiltonian system is a dynamical system driven by a Hamiltonian $H$, i.e. $$ \dot{q}=\nabla_p H,~~~~ \dot{p}=-\nabla_q H. $$ These systems have nice properties like being symplectic as well as the ...
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Sean Carroll, can I skip to chapter 8 after chapter 4? [closed]

For anyone who has studied the book 'An Introduction to General Relativity Spacetime and Geometry' by Sean Carroll, can I study chapters 1 to 4 (which do differential geometry & field equations it ...
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What is the mean internucleon distance in a nucleus?

I am finding some conflicting information which is resulting in some confusion when teaching the topic of nuclear physics to high school students. The residual strong nuclear force has an attractive ...
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Solutions to problems in Schwartz QFT and the Standard Model

I am currently self studying QFT using Schwartz's book but I am unable to find any solutions to the exercises. Does anyone know if a solution manual exists for this book or if solutions are available ...
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From where a person should start about quantum mechanics from very beginning? [duplicate]

I am confuse about the learning of quantum mechanics. Basically i am a high school student but i am passionate about quantum mechanics but the main thing is I am confuse about from where should i ...
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Does anywhere exist a document of solutions to Collins' Foundations of Perturbative QCD?

I and some classmates are recently teaching ourselves the famous book Foundations of Perturbative QCD by John Collins via a form of regular peer reading group. We find that exercises in this book are ...
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What is an good book to study classical non-equilibrum thermodynamics? [duplicate]

I am a physics student who has just started my master's program and am taking a course on classical non-equilibrium thermodynamics. I am looking for a book that can help me learn this subject. Are ...
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Motivation for introducing ladder operators for the simple harmonic oscillator in quantum mechanics

I am teaching a quantum mechanics course and I have to explain the simple harmonic oscillator. I am familiar with the introduction of ladder operators and the consecutive proofs that show that we can ...
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Methods for studying quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I want to study quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics, chromodynamics after this. Can you please help me with the choice of books, methods of studying the topic (I have a good knowledge of ...
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Self-studying General Relativity [duplicate]

How can I learn General Relativity? Am a undergrad student, who happens to be interested in general relativity. I want to learn it by heart. What are the prerequisites for it? As a fresher who just ...
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Help in Finding a specific Quantum Mechanics Book with Minimal Formula

I'm reaching out to this wonderful community in the hopes that someone can assist me in identifying a particular book on the topic of quantum mechanics that I read nearly 25 years ago. Unfortunately, ...
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Good resources for revision/learning of classical mechanics and electrodynamics [duplicate]

I am a first year PhD student in Physics. My M.Sc classes were all online due to covid and I did pretty bad in managing classes. Thus my electrodynamics knowledge is effectively upto B.Sc level(say ...
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Mechanics problems book [duplicate]

Please suggest me some books on Problems in Classical Mechanics. P.S. - Please suggest books of the level high school or pre college or at max first year college books.
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Good books or material for starting in physics with a high school education? [duplicate]

What are some good entry points into physics? I'm wanting to eventually be able to understand some more abstract concepts like quantum physics but understand that is a very long way away. Just been ...
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With constant acceleration, can $\bar{v}=\Delta{x}/\Delta{t}=(v_i+v_f)/2$ be established rigorously without calculus?

I have found no way to rigorously establish the basic one-dimensional kinematic equation relating the two following expressions of average velocity without using some kind of argument that amounts to ...
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