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How to get started with Physics, Electricity, and Magnetism


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well, there have been a lot of suggestions here. Let me weigh in.

The openstax text referenced below is not bad for a free book. It's not great, but it's okay.

Halliday and Resnick, Young, Serway, Bauer, etc. are all standard high school/entry level college text books that are pretty good. However, they require a bit of calculus, which is problematic. After all, you don't necessarily want to have to learn calculus while you are learning physics. The Conceptual Physics style books are often not geared to a person who wants to do physics but is just young, but rather people who have to take physics to fulfill a requirement for what they really want to do.

For a young person who is starting out and interested in physics I'd recommend a high school level text or a college text that is specifically geared toward an algebra based approach. One that comes to mind for a bright young person is Knight's College Physics. It's written to avoid calculus so may be more approachable. Plus, it's really wordy and explains things in multiple ways. if you're really bright this can get frustrating - but to me it's safer to get a book that is too wordy than one that does not explain enough.

Feynman's lecture are wonderful, I still have on my shelf the commemorative edition my parents bought me when I was 15, dog-eared and beaten up as they are. However, I would not recommend learning from scratch from them. Rather, read a more standard text, get familiar with the concepts, then read the lectures to see how a physicist really thinks about these concepts.

David Mattingly Staff - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Halliday is the ultimate book.

Siddharth Kumar - 4 years, 4 months ago

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If you want to learn Physics at a level which will prepare you for the International Physics Olympiad, I recommend reading Introduction to Electrodynamics by David Griffiths. Be warned though : it is an incredibly tough book.

Lawrence Sun - 4 years, 4 months ago

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I know this may not be entirely relevant on this thread, but what would be a good Olympiad mechanics book?

David Xu - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Morin's Introduction to Classical Mechanics is very good. MIT OCW for some classes (I think it was 8.01 and 8.03? I can't remember) were also really good.

Lawrence Sun - 4 years, 4 months ago

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@Lawrence Sun 8.01 is mechanics. 8.03 is Optics, Vibrations, and Waves.

Ahaan Rungta - 4 years, 4 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta In between is 8.02, Electricity and Magnetism, which is also available at OCW.

Shendy Marcello Yuniar - 4 years, 4 months ago

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You can go with Kleppner too for Mechanics!

Pranav Arora - 4 years, 4 months ago

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ya .......Please inform for me too........... I am in level 3 but theres no 100% chance that I get 3 correct out of 4..

if there is a Question from Electricity (abt charges) ...I cant answer that Question for sure

Vamsi Krishna Appili - 4 years, 4 months ago

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can the physics challenge master here suggest some free ebooks or books

Sahil Goyal - 4 years, 4 months ago

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plz tell about free books or ebooks i need a lot help to solve problem

Sara Shiekh - 4 years, 4 months ago

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This one's a free Physics textbook: OpenStax College Physics

Shendy Marcello Yuniar - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Try Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by John W. Jewett Jr. and Raymond A. Serway. If the math is too hard, try conceptual physics to get the basics done. Conceptual Physics has really clear explanations :)

Tan Gian Yion - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Concepts of Physics by H.C.verma

Goutam Narayan - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Yes, u r right, goutam N, but still H.C. verma's concepts of physics is mostly available in India, or just some neighbouring countries, not in USA.

Siddharth Kumar - 4 years, 4 months ago

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in my opinion "university physics by young and freedman" is the best book ever. because there is so much illustration and less calculus

Pelajar Mipa - 4 years, 4 months ago

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How is less calculus good?? Physics without calculus is like a book without words.

Taehyung Kim - 4 years, 4 months ago

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Obviously, calculus is the tool of physics. I cannot imagine solving most of mechanics and some of magnetics without the aid of calculus. In my opinion, Concepts of Physics by H.C.Verma is a perfect starter. Once you understand the theme of the chapter you can move on to Problems in General Physics by I.E.Irodov( A superb collection of thought provoking problems, much like those on this site).

Nishant Sharma - 4 years, 4 months ago

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@Nishant Sharma ya calculus is the best tool ...i have just started and learned to use it.. for physics in std 11 and it is very good for understanding things

Chitres Guria - 4 years, 4 months ago

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In this era of internet, books are not so needed, according to me. You can search the very topics on the net, and explore! :)

Akshat Jain - 4 years, 4 months ago

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pray to God Jesus Christ bro, he die for us as Son of God! and you must preparing urself with balancing combined your intelectuallity and with your body with healthy life. mathemathic is simple for me. lol.

Prasetyo Henry Putra - 4 years, 4 months ago

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level 1 in everything, only a few questions answered... gosh, wouldn't expect an internet preacher in here of all places.

Michael Tong - 4 years, 4 months ago

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I don't really understand either ... But if you are looking for a start in Physics, the Feynman lectures in Physics are one of my favourite resources, you may wish to check them out. Any decent sized bookstore will have them along with amazon.com

Tristan Harcourt - 4 years, 4 months ago

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