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1/22/11 1:01 PM
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Sniffy
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Hi all. I am thinking of going back to school to study physics and would appreciate any input on pretty much anything physics related. I have never been particularly good at math but have never really applied myself to it either, so while it's daunting, I'm pretty excited to be starting a whole new area of study.
I found some stuff that mentions time dilation about 8 months ago, and couldn't sleep until I had a decent understanding of it. That led me to some more of Einstein's stuff, and then into Stephen Hawking's books. I've read all that I can get my hands on, but they are all conceptual, that is to say, they give you a vague understanding of what is happening and why, but never give any serious details.
I am yet to deal with a formula more complex than F=MA, and am eager to do so.
I understand that Newtonian mechanics is pretty much the starting point for any physics study, and would appreciate any suggestions for books that might kick me in the right direction.
Thanks for your help.
1/27/11 5:08 PM
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It may be fun and interesting to read the conceptual stuff, but if you are going to go back to school, you need to concentrate on basics.

I literally would not be in med school without the two following physics prep programs:

1. Rapid Learning Center's College Physics in 24 Hours:
http://www.rapidlearningcenter.com/physics/college-physics/college-physics.html

2. The Ultimate Physics Tutor by Jason Gibson (DVDs from Amazon).

Your teacher can suck and this will still get you through.
1/27/11 11:26 PM
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They are exactly the sort of thing I am looking for.
Thanks very much Gforce!
1/31/11 9:11 PM
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This page is good (Nobel prize recipient in Physics): http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/theorist.html

Also see the notebooks of Cosma Shalizi (well known science blogger, also did phd in physics, now a stats professor): http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/notabene/

Shalizi is probably the most widely and deeply read person I've ever come across. Can start here: http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/notebooks/physics.html
11/26/11 10:35 PM
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 thanks for the recommendations, Gforce!
12/9/11 7:52 AM
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Feynmann's Lectures on Physics. Get all 3. Read them thoroughly. It's pretty dense material, but if you understand all three volumes you'll be ready for College physics. I wish I had read them before I started college. I haven't read his guide on problem solving yet, but get that too.
1/24/12 9:52 PM
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Sniffy -  would appreciate any input on pretty much anything

 thats what she said

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