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Problem-solving books on electrodynamics

What are the best books on the problem-solving of classical electrodynamics exercises? I looking for books that help me to solve Jackson and Griffiths exercises, i.e. books on the problem-solving of ...
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I am 38 years old. Am I too old to pursue a Ph.D in Physics? [closed]

Also, is a Ph.D. in Physics a VERY difficult thing to accomplish?
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Where to Study Physics Online? [closed]

So, I've been learning physics on a website called Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/. It's given me lots of information, but for my thirst for knowledge, I'm going to need ...
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Is fundamentals of physics by Halliday enough for the GRE physics test? [closed]

Is fundamentals of physics enough to enter the GRE physics test or no? If no what books should I read more?
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Where can one find solutions to Freidberg's “Ideal MHD”? [closed]

I have been working through Ideal MHD by Freidberg but cannot seem to find solutions to the textbook online to see what I got wrong. Does anyone have this resource?
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What topics are usually cover in a upper level classical mechanics class? [closed]

I will be studying mechanics using Taylor's book; I am wondering what chapters of the book are actually covered in a 2nd year mechanics class.
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Prerequisites for getting into Celestial Mechanics?

I have developed an interest in Celestial Mechanics. My math is weak but I'm determined to learn the math and physics required to understand it. I would like to know what maths and physics I would ...
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How to learn Gravitation after 20 years? [duplicate]

I have a B.S. in physics but I graduated nearly 20 years ago. All this time I’ve kept a copy of Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler thinking that I would, one day, get around to going through ...
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Quantum computing resource [duplicate]

I am a beginner in quantum computing, and I do not have any background in Physics. Can anyone refer me a good material to study the subject? By assuming quantum mechanics like black box is also making ...
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Best Calculus one book [duplicate]

I’m currently in my senior year of high-school. I’m planning to major in physics. I really enjoyed basic calculus but I really want to start studying it for real. I know university courses include ...
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How to correctly imagine a quantum particle, what does it look like?

I am a student, besides, only in the first year, so I apologize if the question seems stupid. How can you imagine a quantum particle, like an electron? This is a microscopic "ball" with a ...
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Crash course in fluid dynamics

I am teaching myself magnetohydrodynamics and have never taken a class on fluid dynamics before. It seems like knowing some fluid dynamics will help me understand MHD faster, so I was looking for a ...
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Does the total energy have a physical meaning?

Let us have a set {A, B, C, D, ... n} of physical objects. Each physical object has some energy value, but the elements of this set do not interact with each other in any way, there are no ...
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List of books for the physics dummy? [closed]

Since physics is not an obligatory subject in most schools around the world (and mostly optional only through high school for advanced learners), it means that most people have not even a basic ...
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Is there any specific template to write a discovery paper? How to write a paper then? [closed]

I am really an enthusiast of physics! I like to write, read and even live with physics! but the question comes how could I express my researches? I am an amateur physicist but don't really know how to ...
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Solution manual to Fetter & Walecka Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems [closed]

I am a senior physics major guy, I am trying to self-learn QFT and many body dynamics. I was doing okay till chapter 3. I am in need to a solution manual to see if I am getting the answers correctly ...
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How to get into Classical Mechanics? [duplicate]

I hope you are all doing fine! I'm a 14 year old student from the UK, and have been really interested in theoretical physics, but before I reach that I need to build on more basic knowledge. So I set ...
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Resources for general relativity (especially spinors) without abstract index notation

I'm taking a course on general relativity and try to find a good source on spinors. I'm using "General relativity" by Wald as a guideline, but I'm struggling with his notation. I already ...
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Can a self-educated physicist publish papers? [closed]

I started self learning mathematics and physics .. but the thing is I can't join a college , but I watch online lectures and read textbooks instead .. I am interested in theoritical physics .. But I ...
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Looking for a self-contained book on QFT [duplicate]

I am looking for an introductory book on QFT which is relatively self-contained. Aims: Useful for philosophers interested in Philosophy of Science (but Mostly math-oriented) If such a book simply does ...
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Why is the fermionic field unobservable for a nonzero eigenvalue?

I read that if the eigenvalue of a fermionic field is not zero, then such a field is unobservable. The physical meaning of this statement is completely incomprehensible to me. What does it mean? ...
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Is energy an independent object or a property of objects?

I am just learning, so the question may seem silly. I asked my teacher, is energy a separate object or a property of objects? And he replied that depending on the context, it could be either. Further ...
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What is the limitation on putting liquids into a vacuum chamber?

I am a student designing a physics vacuum and material science curriculum for my Senior Design project. It is for a week-long session, so we are attempting to make 1-day experiments. I say this to ...
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What was the historical motivation for introducing the concept 'gravitational potential'?

As a high school physics teacher, I like to motivate all concepts and terminology with how they were first developed historically. Recently I did some research on the motivation behind introducing the ...
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Calculus and trigonometry course

Can anyone please tell me any book or refer any kind of short term course on calculus and trigonometry required for physics.
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What answer is expected for a high-schooler on that black hole question?

EDIT: I asked my son to ask his physics teacher about that question. I made an answer for completeness with what she said but will accept the escape velocity based one My son is in high school (France,...
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Nuclear physics textbook

I'm looking for books on nuclear physics suitable for undergraduate students, preferably a bit more advanced than basics. Does anyone have recommendations?
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What knowledge from classical mechanics is needed for electromagnetism? [closed]

I'm about to take Physics 2 (electromagnetism), my second semester of university physics. I was wondering what to focus on when reviewing the Physics 1 (classical mechanics) class I took. What topics ...
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Resource recommendation for Vector/Tensor/Operator and Spinor geometric understanding

I am a Bachelor's Physics student,currently on my 5th Semester (3rd Year 1st semester). We are at a point in Physics where the mathematics is getting seriously hard. Our Bachelor program in itself is ...
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What are some of the best cosmology textbooks to read after Ryden?

Introduction to Cosmology by Barbara Ryden is perhaps the best book to introduce someone to the subject. After reading Ryden, what books should a student who's interested to pursue research in ...
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Discussion forums for HEP theory?

This forum works well for its intended purpose of asking and answering factual questions, but doesn't provide an avenue for more open ended discussion of HEP theory topics for a self-selected group of ...
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Srednicki's QFT lecture video

Are there any recorded lecture videos that roughly follow Srednicki's QFT textbook?
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Free body diagrams for dummies?

I'm self-studying physics. What are some good books/online resources to practice making free body diagrams for learning classical mechanics?
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Real life examples comparable to number of electrons in $1\rm C$

In order to teach 7th-grade students of the enormity of the number of electrons in 1 coulomb of charge $$1\ {\rm C} =6.25 \times 10^{18}~ {\rm electrons}$$ I wish to compare this number to a real-...
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QFT book that explains renormalization in detail via scalar field theory before going into fermions, etc.?

I am taking a QFT intro course and for some reason the professor decided to explain renormalization in more detail instead of going into particles with spin, QED, etc. first. They used only scalar ...
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Like Martin Gardner's “Mathematical Games” articles in Scientific American, but for physics?

Is there good source for puzzles in the style of Martin Gardner's books (Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles, aha! Insight, etc), except the domain is physics rather than math?
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Mathematical prerequisites for Glimm and Jaffe?

I am trying to get a better formal understanding of QFT and people have recommended Glimm and Jaffe 'Quantum Physics a Functional Integral Point of View' Particularly as it uses Euclidean path ...
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Background knowledge needed to read the book “Holographic Quantum Matter” by Hartnoll, Lucas, Sachdev?

I want to start going through the book "Holographic Quantum Matter" by Hartnoll, Lucas, Sachdev but it seems that my background in basic solid state physics and basic quantum field theory (1-...
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Help in understanding line and surface integrals

I am studying multivariable calculus, and I have not studied physics in depth yet in my high school career. I'm struggling to understand the real-world uses of line and surface integrals, especially, ...
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Where to begin with the Rayleigh Dissipation Function?

I'm a final year student of mechanical engineering. Calculus of Variations isn't a part of our syllabus. I'm trying to understand the Rayleigh Dissipation function, and I understand that this is a ...
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Good introductory book about general relativity at undergraduate level? [duplicate]

I am looking for a good introductory book about general relativity at undergraduate level.
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Good introductory book about Group Theory? [duplicate]

I am looking for a good introductory book about Group Theory for physicists.
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What does it mean by tension in string? [duplicate]

My teacher told me, when you pluck the string which is being stretched from two sides, it means there is tension in it. When I compress it from both ends, there is no tension in it. What does that ...
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How to explain to a second year undergrad what quantum computing is? [closed]

I work as a teaching assistant (TA), and I want to explain to my students what is quantum computing and its related fields. I could explain to them what quantum computing means and what research is ...
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Examples of the physical significance and importance of matrix diagonalization and eigenvalues for first year undergraduates? [closed]

To a student of physics, who is only exposed to the techniques of mathematical physics and read classical mechanics at the undergraduate level, but not quantum mechanics yet, how can we explain the ...
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Book recommendations to understand General Relativity [duplicate]

I just finished Multivariate calculus and I am wondering what sequence of books would allow me to work up to the mathematical knowledge needed to understand General Relativity and the corresponding ...
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Dynamics and radiation part of Jackson's book - reading advice [closed]

I am new to Jackson's book on Classical Electrodynamics, and I want to focus on the dynamics and radiation parts of the book, as I have limited time and I am already familiar with electro-/magneto-...
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Hamiltonian formalism of General Relativity Textbook

I've been reading Wald's book on General Relativity and in appendix $E_{2}$ it discusses the Hamiltonian formalism of General Relativity.I would like to understand it more, can you recommend me a ...
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May the “reaction coordinate” in a chemical “reaction coordinate diagram” be represented by a time axis?

In chemical reactions one often considers so called "reaction coordinate" diagrams like this: Is it possible to interpret the abstract "reaction coordinate" just as a simple time ...
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Why is the entry barrier in Physics Research Topics so high? [closed]

Why is the entry barrier in physics research so high?? When I try to read a research paper to see the latest developments in a particular topics I am always held back by my mathematical abilities. And ...

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