The Heart of Physics
The vast majority of people who study physics--even those taking the subject very seriously and devoting a lot of time and energy to mastering the basic ideas--ever do any sort of physics, per se. It's exactly like mathematics. A lot of people study mathematics and master some of the most important principles, but never see themselves as a mathematician. Yet it might become an integral part of work that isn't directly classified as physics or mathematics.
Personally, I found that mathematics made a lot more sense when I was able to couple it with a serious study of basic physics. The models and equations of physics gave meaning to otherwise abstract mathematical principles. We can crank out a bazillion fancy and colorful images on the latest-and-greatest graphing calculators; but it all takes on more meaning when the math is tied to a dynamic mental image of charged particles rushing headlong through force fields.
So you can use your study of physics to give meaning to your work in mathematics. That is one heck of a combination of skills. Then you will be ready to do some original engineering or product development.
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Part 1 - Mechanics
Part 2 - Thermal Physics
Part 3 - Electromagnetism
Part 4 - Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
Part 5 - Quantum and Particle Physics
On the Lighter Side of Theoretical Physics
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for physics. In fact, there was a time--when I was about 8 or 10 years old--that I thought it would be cool to be a theoretical physicist. I think I got the idea from 1940s-style action movies about WWII German physicists who either turned into mad scientists or were the good guys who fled to England or the USA. In any event, I was attracted to the way they pronounced "theoretical"--sort of like "tsee-eh-REH-tee-kl." Of course you had to gutteralize the "r." Besides the accent, there was the engaging personality of Albert Einstein who held rock start status in the late 1940s. I was an Einstein groupie and theoretical-physicist wannabe. From: Radical Lifelong Learning: Harnessing the Energy
Bungling Wannabe or
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