- Jeremy Walter
- Ithaca, NY
- United States

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## Learning physics

I have been having a lot of trouble getting into a school to get a physics degree because i'm in that zone where I make to much for financial aid but I don't make enough to be able to pay for school. I am looking for a place that will help me learn the math required to fully understand the science of quantum physics. I surf Youtube and the internet but as yet have not found anything that seems to operate at the same frequency as my learning capacity.

So i guess i'm looking an explanation of the different symbols and how they relate to each other within an equation. If that makes any sense =p

**Topics:**Mathematica equations physics quantum physics

## John Frum 30+

If you don't have the money to buy books, either get them at libraries or torrent them.

Also checkout these:

https://www.coursera.org/

http://www.udacity.com/

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/

http://online.stanford.edu/courses/

http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/

## Jeremy Walter

## John Frum 30+

I ask because Europe offers several programs for foreigners where they fund the studies entirely and even give scholarships to foreigners. You won't even have to have a job in the mean time. I know of http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php, but there might be others.

## John Smith 30+

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## Jeremy Walter

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## Rex Edward

Classic Physics, Newton's forces. That should keep you busy for a while and get you used to the simple algebra needed to understand these forces.

## Gail . 50+

the free resources that are mentioned in these responses might be a good place to start, but I haven't yet found a place that answers the same questions you ask and that I have been asking. It's coming though. Coursera, for example, just added 17 new prestigious universities to its coalition, though no classes in the math behind quantum mechanics yet.

I don't know where you are in your math education, but Kahn Academy can start you on your road to help you figure out where you are.

If you are willing to spend SOME money, TheGreatCourses.com has some wonderful things - but wait until what you are looking for goes on sale. Right now, the courses that might interest you are not on sale, but things change every month. I've purchased Wolfson's "Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists" (and I should say, non-mathematicians). The 2nd edition is now available. I bought the first. I've also purchased Schumacher's "Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World". I see that he has just come out with another.

Schumacher's Quantum Mechanics ... course requires knowledge of some math, but you might be able to work backwards. It will at least give you insight into what you need to know.

Perhaps you and I should team and write a math book for non-mathematicians. Being non-mathematicians ourselves, we might be able to write it in 5th grade language as we explain it to one another. LOL But then, unless we made it GNU, we'd be doing the same thing I accuse teachers of. Withholding information unless it is paid for. Math is not my forte.

## Fritzie - 200+

## Rex Edward

This is link to their site: https://www.coursera.org/about

## Robert Galway 50+

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/

also, for just a neat overall perspective wiki mathematics and its sub-categories is a neat means of organizing thoughts (physics also).

## Lawren Jones 30+

## Andres Aullet 10+

I would probably start by asking you how much you know of basic physics and the math needed for basic physics... In my experience, it is close to impossible to jump over this and start from zero directly into advanced physics like quantum mechanics or General Relativity

For a preety good selection of free lessons on math (and many other topics, including physics, although not quantum mechanics) you should take a look at Kahn Academy (www.khanacademy.org)

cheers

## Fritzie - 200+

My first two thoughts for you are:

1. Have you looked into your local community college? Community colleges are typically far less expensive than the state university and are an ideal place to get a couple of years of calculus accomplished. You can often do this as a part-time student while you work at whatever job you may have.

2. Have you checked Coursera as well as MIT Open courseware? Coursera has a built in capability to work with other students online, I believe, though I don't think you have access to attention from any sort of teaching staff outside of video lectures. MIT Open courseware are online notes, again with no access to actual human instruction.

I just checked. Coursera (o tuition) has single variable calculus starting in January and Linear Algebra in June.