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#1 nkramer910



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:25 PM

As an avid learner, I am always hungry for new knowledge. One area which interests me extremely is that of Physics. I have done intro-level physics on Khan Academy, but I want to get more advanced. I understand I will need knowledge, and potentially mastery, of Calculus, and as I am only in Pre-Calculus right now, I know I will have to learn Calculus before I am able to understand Physics better. I'm interested in mostly Theoretical Physics, especially in fields like Quantum, Particle, and Astro, and was wondering if anyone here knew if there is a path that I can take that would help me to understand and be able to participate in these sciences more. I don't mind reading textbooks or lengthy books on Physics and Calculus, and also love lectures and such, so there are no real bad options. I just want to be able to understand and learn more about the Theoretical Physics, as they interest me immensely. Thank you!


-- I understand that there are a lot of fundamentals needed to be learned before Theoretical Physics can even be brought up and that this is like me asking you all to teach a baby how to run, so I am most definitely not afraid of learning how to crawl, waddle, walk, and jog first.

Edited by nkramer910, 20 March 2017 - 10:30 PM.

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#2 Sensei



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:35 PM

How about experimental physics.. ?


You can build Cloud Chamber for less than $50 by yourself.


And then observe decays of radioactive isotopes, observe highly accelerated electrons, muons, pions, kaons, created by cosmic rays, passing through device..


Gold foil (Rutherford) experiment replicated in Cloud Chamber





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#3 Sriman Dutta

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 12:15 PM

Before going into theoretical physics you MUST know, understand and have full knowledge of classical physics including electromagnetism, fluid mechanics and wave motion.

And you also need to know a good deal of mathematics. Only calculus won't help. Learn vectors, linear algebra, progression, probability, statistics, coordinate geometry, differential and integral calculus. You must be skilled in solving differential equations.

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