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General strategies – for physics problem-solving

Physics syllabus – summary of equations across introductory physics

F=ma Topics         F=ma Topics printer – classifies past F=ma problems

Fma-Topics

USAPhO Topics

Error propagation

Q: Do you learn calculus before physics or along with it?

A: Learning calculus with physics is probably the most intuitive way to go. After all, calculus was developed to solve physical problems involving instantaneous rates of change. In particular, I find it helpful to use kinematics to establish a solid grasp of calculus. The position-velocity-acceleration relationships illuminate the connection between differentiation and integration. Calculus provides the tools for solving advanced problems, while physics provides specific examples to understand abstract concepts. These two subjects work well together.

Good textbook
– Explains general principles
– Shows applications through examples

Links to resources on third-party websites (organized by subject and author last name)

Software

Geogebra – draw physics diagrams

Mathematica – good for analytical calculations

MATLAB – good for numerical calculations

OOMMF – micromagnetic simulations

Physics

Mechanics

Classical Mechanics (Goldstein)

Lecture Notes on Classical Mechanics (Golwala)

Analytical Mechanics (Hand)

An Introduction to Mechanics (Kleppner)

Electromagnetism

Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)

Thermodynamics

Statistical Physics of Particles (Kardar)

Treatise on Thermodynamics (Planck)

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development (Ballentine)

Principles of Quantum Mechanics (Shankar) –> Solutions

General

Feynman Lectures (Feynman)

The Character of Physical Law (Feynman)

Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday)

College Physics (Serway)

The Theoretical Minimum (Susskind)

Problems

Problems in General Physics (Irodov)

Problem of the Week (Morin)

Physnet Modules

Other

Elements of Astrophysics (Kaiser)

Mathematics

Differential Equations for Dummies (Holzner)

Computer Science