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You want to know how to learn something?

You want to know which textbook or videos or problem sets to use to learn something?

Post ITT.

I want:

First year mathematics (precalculus, differentiation, integration, linear algebra, complex)

First year physics (motion, thermodynamics. electromagnetism, light, semiconductors)

Java

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>>6554507

I would prefer a textbook or video series that uses lots of diagrams, not big blocks of text

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>>6554507

I would prefer straight theorems and examples with some additional problem sets

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What do you think of this:

For maths - Stewart

For physics - Halliday OR Sears&Zemansky

Does this sound good?

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How many fucking introductory chemistry books has Zumdahl written?

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>>6554554

speaking of which, what to use for chemistry

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>>6554507

>>First year mathematics

>precalculus

Precalculus with Unit Circle Trigonometry by Cohen

>differentiation, integration, linear algebra,

Elementary Calculus: An Infinitesimal Approach by Keisler

Calculus Volume I & II by Apostol

>linear algebra

Linear Algebra by Shilov

>complex [variables]

Complex Variables by Fisher

Visual Complex Analysis by Needham

>First year physics (motion, thermodynamics. electromagnetism, light, semiconductors)

University Physics with Modern Physics by Young and Freedman

>Java

Learn C++ instead

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>>6554918

I need to learn Java

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>>6555691

>I need to learn Java

Switch to a better school or major

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>>6555751

We do C/C++ and Unix next semester

it's a good school

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I want to learn Quantum Mechanics, but I only have Calculus and Physics I & II. What else do I need, and what should I use to learn it?

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>>6555781

Not if it pisses away time with Java

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>>6555781

>next semester

I've been told C should come first

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>>6555789

That's all you need to get started. Check out "Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles" by Eisberg & Resnick

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>>6554539

avoid stewart like the plague. Stewart is only helpful if you've seen the concepts before and are brushing up on subjects. When it comes to teaching new materials, he fails miserably.

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>>6556089

What should I use, then?

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>want to learn

C++

Ruby or Python

Algebra 1 (revisit) & 2

Introductory 'advanced' mathematics

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>>6556116

only passed alg 1 in highschool because teacher was a weird beta fuck but I now desire to understand math more.

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>>6556106

Head to the library ad pick a few older books from each subject. I used many so I can't make a specific recommendation, but I have noticed older texts (50s-70s) seem to be more linear, graduated, and thus thorough.

Good stuff here:

https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~kouba/

http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/Classes/CalcII/IntTechIntro.aspx

http://www.math.unl.edu/~tshores1/mylinalg.html

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I'm looking for introductory texts on General Relativity. I don't mind a bit of pop-science stuff to get me into the general idea of it, as long as its short, but I want something that will give me a headstart on a final year physics module.

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>>6554507

>First year physics

Elements of Electromagnetics by Sadiku

Solid State Physics by Hook and Hall - covers semiconductors along with other things.

To be fair I used them in my second year rather than first year, but it's all the same stuff.

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>>6554539

Sears&Zermansky is shit, do not buy it.

the manchester physics series is pretty good for starting out in physics, lecturers at Manchester uni made a collection of books to accompany undergraduate courses (EM, dynamics and relativity, solid state...)

for maths just look at mit ocw, they have good lectures on calc 1 & 3, linear algebra and some other stuff.

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Differential Equations

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>>6556167

Schaum's Outlines: Differential Equations (and all of the series really) have been highly recommended to me.

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I want to take a Stochastic processes module next term but I ignored all my probability courses because the lecturer made it pointlessly difficult.

How do I prepare for stochastic processes assuming I know nothing about probability?

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>>6554918

I haven't used Shilov but isn't it an advanced book? Why would you recommend it for someone first learning linear algebra?

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>>6556116

I've read a little bit of Algebra by Gelfand out of curiosity and it looks great. His other books are supposed to be good though I'm not as familiar with them. Basic Math by Lang is also worth looking into.

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>>6556127

>I'm looking for introductory texts on General Relativity. I don't mind a bit of pop-science stuff to get me into the general idea of it, as long as its short, but I want something that will give me a headstart on a final year physics module.

Schutz's A First Course in General Relativity

If you want something even easier: Hartle

Slightly harder: D'Inverno

A second text/reference for going further: Carroll, Wald, Misner/Thorne/Wheeler

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>>6556116

>C++

C++ Primer Plus (skip it if you already know some programming)

C++ Primer

Data Structures and Algorithms in C++ by Drozdek-duquesne

The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference

The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup

>Python (after C++)

https://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/

>Algebra 1 (revisit) & 2

see tier 1 of >>>6555815

>Introductory 'advanced' mathematics

see tier 2 of >>>6555815

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I want to learn study skills, any kind of help at all

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>>6556272

>I want to learn study skills, any kind of help at all

Finish masturbating

Sit down

Open book

Read

Do exercises ? goto Read : ask someone for advice/help

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>>6554507

thermodynamics

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>>6556278

Blundell & Bundell : Concepts in Thermal Physics

Guggenheim : Thermodynamics an Advanced Treatment for Chemists and Physicists

I prefer Blundell, personally.

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>>6556282

are this books engineering level?

>inb4 sucking cocks

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>>6556286

What's engineering level? What do you need to know? What do you want to know?

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>>6556288

the class hasent even started, i suppose if those books are enough for someone studying physics that would be enough for me

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>>6556293

Yeah, Blundell was my second year physics text book, and went into more detail than was necessary for me at parts. Should be fine.

Thermodynamics is Thermodynamics, after all. Typically just "these are the laws, apply them."

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>>6554507

How do i learn INTEGRALS? I just need a quick explanation

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>>6556322

you wolfram it

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>>6556331

How do i put something like this into wolfram alpha???

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>>6556336

>needing to use a computer to integrate that

"integrate 2x^3 dx from 2 to 5"

Integrate[2x^3,{x,2,5}]

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>>6556348

>how do i learn integrals

>wolfram alpha it

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>>6556322

add one to the power, divide by the new power.

If you want to use wolfram, just type the equation in and it'll come up.

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How do I learn triple integrals?

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>>6556356

you can make it solve it step by step

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>>6556373

Yeah, but you have to pay.

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>>6556373

Exactly so why the fuck are you then

>needing to use a computer to integrate that

Fucking autist

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>>6556373

Being shown how to do a specific something doesn't teach you how to do the thing in general.

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>>6556360

I can show you a double, a triple is pretty much the same process with another variable.

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>>6556386

it can sometimes, depends on how stupid you are

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>>6556360

You get a degree from an Ivy League University and have at least a years worth of research experience.

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Just dropped in to Edwards and Penny is fucking horrible.

That is all.

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>>6556395

>Sideways

>uncleaned

>jpeg

0/100

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>>6556457

Sorry m8, was uploading from a tablet.

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>>6556222

here's an intro probability textbook

http://ins.sjtu.edu.cn/people/lqyan/Teaching/TeachingPDF/Ross_8th_ed_English.pdf

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>>6556127

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDB15F7E29A5F0426

Video series on both general and special relativity.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470647728/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

How's this book for Calculus?

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>>6556803

That's the book assigned to the calculus course for biology majors at my university.

It's okay, like in any other calc text.

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>>6556379

Not if you download the .apk for Android, or crack the desktop application.

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Fluid dynamics suggestions? I'm currently trying out Anderson's Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

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>>6557632

http://www.amazon.com/Fluid-Mechanics-Dover-Books-Physics/dp/0486683567/

http://www.amazon.com/Fluid-Mechanics-Student-Resources-DVD/dp/0077295463/

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Personally I would use Jacaranda.

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>>6557694

Seriously? Jacaranda's horrible...

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I wish to learn network science. All of it.

I have experience in most areas of mathematics, electronics, and a multitude of programming languages.

That being said, I would like to start from the bottom and work my way up to fill in any gaps in my education.

Any books on anything from electronics to graph theory would be appreciated.

i have practically unlimited time and i am willing to learn and /g/ wouldn't help me so pls help?

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>>6556135

>Sears&Zermansky is shit

Why?

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>>6554918

Use Linear Algebra and its Applications by Lay

He gives real world examples for every topic covered, and the writing is clear enough that you can take yourself through the topics with ease.

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>>6557900

>handwavey, bad explanations

>they avoid all maths so it appeals to the stupidest people in the class

>they do everything in stupid clumsy ways

>they've wrote about things they don't have an in depth understanding of and it shows

>you get a superficial understanding of the material

seriously just get books written by people who work in that field. i'd rather have a book that goes in depth so I can understand the material properly instead of something that just surveys everything.

the only reason all intro physics courses require it is because S&Z got some weird deal with a bunch of universities.

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>>6557914

What's a good alternative for S&Z? Best for baby level physics?

>>6553006

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>>6557927

avoid anything by young and freedman (S&Z is included in this).

I like the manchester physics series for intro up to the end of undergrad. if you go on youtube and type in something like "fundamentals of physics with shankar" theres 2 lecture series on intro stuff, the first one uses the dynamics and relativity book from the manchester physics series

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>>6557694

Fucking disgusting

Besides, it uses no calculus and is a high school book

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All these big lists - is there anything like this except in video form?

I understand and remember things better when they are in video format.

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>>6557927

S&Z or practically any intro book is fine (Halliday or Giancoli or Tipler), I don't see a need for being rigorous with something as intuitive as Physics 1

The complainer mentions

>instead of something that just surveys everything

I have to say, well, it's an introduction course.

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statistics

graph theory

data mining

etc.

I also want to learn how people interact with things on a base level. Which science would I study to understand that?

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>>6558056

and by things I mean physical objects and reality

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I want:

>Mathematics: A Discrete Introduction

Anyone have a PDF of it lying around?

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>>6558407

http://libgen.org/search.php?req=Mathematics+A+Discrete+Introduction&open=0&view=simple&column=def

The sticky works m8.

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PLC's and micro controllers. Somebody recommended me a book by F. Petruzella but I haven't gotten around to it.

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>>6554918

Having you yourself brought up C++, what resources would you recommend for learning such a language? I know how to google, it's just that there are so many opinions out there, I would like to find a resource many agree on.

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Looking for a legit c++ book. I'm a beginner

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>>6559215

I'm thinking about "jumping into c++" but not sure if its any good or should i go with the ones recommended in this thread?

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>>6557632

Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics - Munson

Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics - Zucker

I miss our CFD guy.

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I want a text book that talks about Neuroanatomy and what part of the brain do what. More in depth than just "this is the forebrain, it does executive function". When I hear people talking about like entorhinal cortex or striatum I feel like I should know what things those areas are basically associated with but I don't and nothing I took getting my degree covered this kind of shit. Pls halp, /sci/

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>>6559228

thanks will do. Is this what you did? If so, what is it about these books that made you jizz?

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Calculus III

Organic Chemistry

Physics II (E&M)

I already have Organic Chem as a second language and an older version of my schools textbook, should that be good?

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>>6554507

I want:

Something that starts from the ground up to explain complex numbers, and goes into advanced material

More stuff on Linear algebra and differential equations

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>>6559314

Do you know what a cut is?

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>>6559315

Reducing the amount of calories I eat to get fuarking shredded?

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Electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Our school uses Griffiths for both, but I want to do some self-study over break and I think there might be better options. My math knowledge ends at PDEs and linear algebra though.

Differential Geometry, our school uses a book by Christian Bar, but there seems to be a lot of texts. I want to take a GR course at one point in my undergraduate career and I feel like knowing differential geometry before it would be necessary.

Any other textbook suggestions for topics you guys think I should know would be helpful. I'm majoring in physics and minoring in math and bioengineering.

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>>6559314

You could check out Foundations of algebra and analysis by Dodge

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I know Calculus I & II and Classical Mechanics.

What is my road to Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory?

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>>6554507

I'm not sure about first year but it's damn near impossible to find a good thermal book. Kittel and Kroemer do a decent job but a great thermal book has yet to exist.

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>>6554554

A lot. I have his book + solution manual in paper back

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>>6559351

"Classical Mechanics" as in Physics 1 or Analytic Mechanics?

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>>6554507

This thread reminds me... does anyone have the picture with all the areas of math?

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>>6559362

Basic Newtonian Mechanics.

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>>6559344

>Electromagnetism and quantum mechanics

Elements of Electromagnetics by Sadiku

Eisberg and Resnik's book for Quantum

[spoiler]Both these have been mentioned previously in the thread. Try reading it[/spoiler]

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>>6559378

this one?

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>>6556268

why python 2 and not 3?

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I really, really like matrices. I want to learn more about what they can be applied to. Any suggestions?

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>>6560558

read any decent book on linear algebra, I recommend Gilbert Strang

He has lectures on ocw.mit.edu if you like that format

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>>6559923

No, I remember another one too but this one is pretty nice.

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>>6560733

this one?

>>6560160

scipy probably

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>>6560160

python 2 is the masterrace of python.

Many good libraries either haven't moved to python 3, or are actively boycotting it.

Scipy, numpy and pandas are only/best on python 2.x

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>>6560739

Wasn't that one either. I'm going to go look around Google images for a bit and maybe make my own.

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>>6561158

Work that is not worthy of /sci/

leave

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>>6557909

>>6554507

I've also liked Linear Algebra and its applications by David C Lay. I can't say I've worked with many manuals, but I do have a few lin alg textbooks I got for real cheap and checked some others at my Uni's library, and it was my favorite.

Both the french and english versions (in case you do not study in english) are pretty neat.

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Supposing I knew quantum mechanics and electrodynamics to the level of Griffiths's respective textbooks and mathematics to the level of Riley and Hobson's textbook.

How should I learn classical mechanics from the beginning if I wanted a really solid background both intuitively and mathematically, supposing I didn't know very much at all already?

(Chemists are taught physics weird and backwards, I know.)

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>>6561158

>Recommending Java

>To science and math people

ahahaha

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>>6561158

>you'll find much more work writing code in Java or Python than something like C++.

Do you live in India or are you just legitimately that stupid?

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>>6562728

gah I knew it

what book (or short lecture series) do I read to go from \delta S = 0 to\frac{\partial L}{ \partial q} - \frac{ \mathrm{d} }{ \mathrm{d} t} \frac{ \partial L}{ \partial \dot{q} } = Q

with less hand wavy than my physics class?

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>>6562733

The math subject goes by a couple of different names: "functional calculus," "variational calculus," or "calculus of variations."

You can just look it up, there'll be plenty of lecture notes online.

How hand-wavy was your physics class? Did the professor at least give some mathematical justification for it?

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>>6562744

I get most of the variational calculus and then they say

\delta \dot{q} = \frac{\mathrm{d} } {\mathrm{d} t} \delta q and I don't know why.

Also the second natural boundary conditions just get waved away.

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>>6562733

Calculus of Variations by Elsgolc

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>>6562774

What page?

I bought the book last time you suggested it.

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>>6562744

>physics class

>give some mathematical justification

What crack pipe are you smoking

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>>6562751

something something gateaux derivatives in banach spaces.

what means?

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>>6554509

I hate how they try to explain math with words in the current books. It is the worst approach

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>>6562465

>classical mechanics

You mean like "what happens when you push a block up a hill" classical mechanics? Because most classical mechanics is high school level stuff, or you go small and go thermodynamics. Or you go huge and go orbital mechanics.

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>>6562792

You must have a really shit physics teacher if you get no mathematical justifications for your stuff.

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Fortran. From the very beginning.

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Cosmology

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>>6554918

why learn C++ instead

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are textbooks really the best?

Wouldn't it just be better if the theory was presented in video form, and then there were a whole bunch of problems (with working included)?

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>>6563405

Textbooks are supplementary. They're something you read before, during, and after lectures.

Video form is good, but not as good as a proper lecture, where you can ask questions and interact with the guy talking to you more easily.

But not all of us have access to lectures, so textbooks will have to do.

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>>6563100

but that isn't true and you'd know that if you weren't a physics major who only has a freshman class in classical mechanics

in classical mechanics: vector mechanics, lagrange formalism, hamilton's formalism, legendre transforms, statics, rigid bodies, flexible bodies, hydrostatics, incompressible flow, compressible flow, heat transfer, mass transfer, Kane's formalism as well as statistical/thermodynamics and orbital mechanics

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>>6563411

>during

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>>6563548

Well shit, I know what that is, I've just never had them lumped all together under one title.

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>>6563593

Ok how bout just Lagrange formalism. You agree that's not a high school topic is it?

Also have you really heard of Kane's formalism?

I've found it hard to find information about it on the internet so I assume it's pretty specialized

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Best first abstract algebra book?

I have Pierre Antoine Grillet - Abstract algebra and it doesn't look so bad

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>>6563617

bump

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>>6559220

Yeah, this sounds good, I also want to know.

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>>6563617

Gallian is good, but don't buy it, it's obscenely overpriced. Artin is good too.

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>>6563607

I've heard of them but I have no idea what they are. I've heard of Lagrange and Hamilton. Fluid dynamics and Fluid Statics cover a bunch of it, though I've not got that far yet.

You're right I don't know what Kane is about.

They're mostly above my level of understanding, of course, as I'm only a second/third year undergrad.

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Looking for any books that would make me a smart cunt. Tired of being a dumbass that doesn't know anything. Thanks.

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I have a module next year simply titled "Nanoscience". Anyone have any book recommendations on that?

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>>6563617

Aluffi

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>>6559235

You're making programming more difficult than it really is. Most of these books just rehashes the syntax and the standard library, in which you can learn in less than a week or by using reference. Read books on good coding practices and design patterns instead.

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>>6554507

one of my teachers who's a huge programming nerd says that CodeAcademy is the absolute best online resource for learning coding.

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>>6554507

I got to see it. I dont really care if its a video, picture, graph, model, or whatever but I have to see it. If I read a blob of text explaining something then I have to sit and try to mentally visualize it before continuing.

Also, I take organized written notes about as much as I can in class, even if it doesnt seem important at the moment or i think i know it. It just helps me remember and tie concepts together.

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>>6563617

>Best first abstract algebra book?

Artin's Algebra

Herstein's Topics in Algebra

Jacobson's Basic Algebra I

Any of them are excellent

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Are the textbooks mentioned in this thread good for highschoolers? I want to review precalc and algebra and possibly learn some calculus over the summer before I go to college. Are there any good books or lecture videos I should look at or should I stick to khan academy?

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Algebra bump

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>>6563617

Pinter's "A book of Abstract Algebra". It's really good and really cheap. The only drawback is that the format is a little unusual. It has 33 chapters, and each chapter is split into two parts. The first part is just exposition that explains the basic concept, this part is written beautifully not unlike a novel. The second part contains several sections of problem sets, however each problem set covers the topic at more depth and much of the content matter is placed here. Every problem in the book is there to provide some greater understanding or intuition (it's not just cannon fodder problems). The book begins at groups and ends at Galois theory. The only drawbacks are that it can be a bit drawn out or long winded (it doesn't gloss through the easy material like other books) and not every problem has an answer in the back (there is no solutions manual). It's worth noting that problems are marked in several ways so that you know which have a solution or hint in the back and which are most difficult.

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>>6567098

see the grade school/high school list

http://archive.foolz.us/sci/thread/6552956/#6555815

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>>6554507

Introductory computer science

I don't mean a book on Java/C++ or software. I want to learn how computers work from their simplest level to the software level.

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>>6567884

http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Design-4th-Morris-Mano/dp/0131989243/

This is the book my class used.

I pretty much stopped going to lecture and just read this book and did the example problems to ace this class, so I'd really recommend it.

Mano - Digital Design (there's a newer edition than I used)

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>>6567884

http://archive.foolz.us/sci/thread/6250709/#6251699

http://archive.foolz.us/sci/thread/6250709/#6251734

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I am an EE and as such the level of math I need to take only goes up to around Linear algebra but I've been finding math more and more interesting. I kind of want to learn set theory, are there any decent books or videos on the subject? I checked MIT's youtube channel but didn't turn up anything.

Are there any prerequisites for learning set theory? I've done everything up through Calc I-III and ordinary differential equations. Should I know how to do proofs? Is this good opportunity to learn how to do them?

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>>6567892

seconding Mano, used an older version this past semester and I actually didn't mind reading it make up for my shit prof.

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>>6554507

Would anyone be interested in my bro's Prelim textbook, i got a zip file of it. its 'Maths in Focus, Margaret Grove - Prelims'

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>>6568247

http://www.mediafire.com/download/8dc4lule1glut0a/Maths_in_Focus_Grove_Textbook.zip

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>>6568247

what is a "prelim" textbook?

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yay books

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