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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.