To learn quantum physics?
You can't really learn quantum physics without learning physics... and a shitload mathematics.Imagine trying to learn calculus or even trigonometry without learning arithmetic.You can't. Not only do you need to master arithmetic, you need to master algebra before you can do trig or calc.Well, with quantum physics, you need to understand basic things like the conservation of momentum and conservation of energy and wave interference and diffraction. You also need to understand some major mathematics such as ordinary differential equations amd boundary value problems just to being to understand the Schröedinger Equation which is the basic equation for describing wave functions which is at the essence of quantum mechanics.So, again, why do you really want to know quantum physics and, just as important, why do you want to skip physics?Is there something specific that you want to know?
I would like to understand it thoroughly so I won’t skip anything. If I have to learn algebra and physics then I’ll do it too.For no particular reason. I find astronomy interesting and I just want to learn Quantum Physics so I can understand it. I just want to widen my knowledge in different disciplines.
Ok, well, you need to start with high school physics and high school algebra, trig, calculus.For physics, the first things you need to know about measurement units in the metric system and then learn about vectors. That starts you on understanding how to begin to speak physics because the language of physics is mathematics. Once you master the basics of vectors, you will begin to basics of mechanics: displacement vector, velocity vector, acceleration vector, mass, inertia, momentum, force, Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, the universal law of gravitation...In physics, the later basic study areas are typically "heat" / begining thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, electric fields, magnetic fields, early quantum...Consider buying a copy of "Physics: Principles and Problems" by Murphy and Smoot.It teaches basic physics without calculus or differential equations, just algebra and very basic trig.You can probably get a used copy cheap. Mine was the 1977 edition.
Here is a good "do-it-yourself":https://physics.info/Once you've mastered high school physics such as in Murphy Smoot, you graduate to "Halliday and Resnick". I knew Robert Resnick because he taught Physics at RPI when I was getting my BS in Physics there in the early 1980s."Halliday and Resnick" is so famous, it's one of the books on the bookshelves in the background of Leonard and Sheldon's apartment on "The Big Bang Theory".
This was my copy of Physics by H&R:
If you want to talk more about this, you can PM me.I got a BS in physics in the mid-1980s.
Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into this answer. This has been the most helpful so far, and I can tell how passionate you are about physics from the detail. 😊💓
I was going to minor in astrophysics but I didn't take all the requisite classes. It is important to understand nuclear reactions and basic quantum physics to understand how stars "burn" and explode... and why they have the colors that they have.
FYI:www.nytimes.com/.../...bassi-quantum-mechanic.htmlPS: I should have gotten MHO.
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I want to understand it but I will probably need to start with basics
Well that's pretty much the whole point of going to a university.
@ImAToaster stop lol
A little general, I think. I'd suggest the Royal Institution (whose archives go back to 1666).www.youtube.com/resultse. g.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNVQfWC_evg
@goaded thanks man, I appreciate it. 🙏🏼❤️
I'm watching this one at the moment...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7v5NtV8v6I
Okay... so I'm following this question to some extent... Giw how did you find this? It's like a 10 days old question?
@sensible27 You mean the one under my opinion? I came across it, and it seemed like something I might be able to grasp, and thought it might also help the asker. A minute or two to find the question again seemed worth the trouble. The other one was also 10 days ago (you can follow questions you find interesting).