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NewUnit18

2010-Dec-07, 06:46 AM

Looking to do some serious self study here. know alot already about cosmology and physics in general, and have good grasp of alot of the fundamental ideas behind both. Where I fail is when it comes to working or understanding the mathematics behind the theories. I want to be able to look at these and read them, understand them, comprehend them.

Looking for someone to suggest some good physics/cosmology courses (free of course) i can take online, lectures i can watch, etc.

Also looking for some good suggestions as far as physics/cosmology textbooks go. thinking about buying one or two of them so that i can read and study on my own when not at a computer.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I also need a great deal of math understanding so if anyone knows of some good math courses or textbooks that will teach me everything i need to know to be able to jump headlong into a physics math course that would be a world of help to, same goes with video taped lectures and what have you about the mathematics behind theorem.

thanks everyone.

gzhpcu

2010-Dec-07, 08:03 AM

Looking to do some serious self study here. know alot already about cosmology and physics in general, and have good grasp of alot of the fundamental ideas behind both. Where I fail is when it comes to working or understanding the mathematics behind the theories. I want to be able to look at these and read them, understand them, comprehend them.

Looking for someone to suggest some good physics/cosmology courses (free of course) i can take online, lectures i can watch, etc.

Also looking for some good suggestions as far as physics/cosmology textbooks go. thinking about buying one or two of them so that i can read and study on my own when not at a computer.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I also need a great deal of math understanding so if anyone knows of some good math courses or textbooks that will teach me everything i need to know to be able to jump headlong into a physics math course that would be a world of help to, same goes with video taped lectures and what have you about the mathematics behind theorem.

thanks everyone.

Hi, a book which helps introduce the needed math and physics concepts, I find, is Roger Penrose's "The Road to Reality".

MIT has some free online courses here: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01-physics-i-classical-mechanics-fall-1999/

John Jaksich

2010-Dec-07, 08:36 AM

Hi, a book which helps introduce the needed math and physics concepts, I find, is Roger Penrose's "The Road to Reality".

MIT has some free online courses here: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01-physics-i-classical-mechanics-fall-1999/

I second that notion---

If you can stomach youtube---UC Berkeley, Stanford also offer some courses through that venue (http://www.youtube.com/user/StanfordUniversity)

http://www.youtube.com/user/StanfordUniversity

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http://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeley

Cougar

2010-Dec-07, 01:49 PM

Looking for someone to suggest some good physics/cosmology courses (free of course) i can take online, lectures i can watch, etc.

Here is Nobelist Gerard 't Hooft's online physics course, (http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/theorist.html) which so far includes:

Languages

Primary Mathematics

Classical Mechanics

Optics

Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Electronics

Electromagnetism

Quantum Mechanics

Atoms and Molecules

Solid State Physics

Nuclear Physics

Plasma Physics

Advanced Mathematics

Special Relativity

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Phenomenology

General Relativity

Quantum Field Theory

Superstring Theory

ngc3314

2010-Dec-08, 01:35 PM

And in cosmology, one can hardly do better than Ned Wright's tutorial (http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmolog.htm) and class notes (http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/A275.pdf).

Andrew D

2010-Dec-08, 02:05 PM

You might want to pm Tensor, she's quite the authority on textbooks for self study.

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