How To Learn Quantum Physics On Your Own

Learning quantum physics yourself can be a rewarding challenge

But it requires dedication and a strong foundation in other areas.

Preparation 

Build a foundation: Before diving into quantum mechanics, ensure you have a solid understanding of classical physics, particularly mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics. Familiarity with calculus, linear algebra, and trigonometry is also crucial 

Embrace the journey: Quantum mechanics presents concepts that can challenge our classical intuition. Be prepared to grapple with unfamiliar ideas and embrace the process of learning and unlearning.

Learning Resources 

Online Courses: Several free and paid online courses offer comprehensive introductions to quantum mechanics. Look for courses from reputable universities or educational platforms. "[YouTube]" channels like "The Science Asylum" and "PBS Space Time" offer good introductory content.

Books: Classic textbooks like "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" by Richard Feynman (especially Vol. 3) and "Quantum Mechanics" by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman provide in-depth explanations. Start with introductory books like "Quantum Physics for Beginners" by Carl Michael Oettler for a gentler approach 

Supplement with visual aids: Visualizing concepts in quantum mechanics can be challenging. Utilize online resources like "[YouTube]" lectures, simulations, and interactive tools to aid your understanding.

Active Learning 

Practice problem-solving: Don't just passively consume information. Actively engage with the material by solving practice problems from textbooks, online resources, or problem sets specifically designed for self-study.

Explain it to others: Teaching someone else is a powerful way to solidify your own understanding. Try explaining the concepts you learn to a friend, family member, or online forum.

Join online communities: Engage with online communities or forums dedicated to quantum mechanics. Discussing concepts with others can clarify your understanding and expose you to different perspective

Remember 

Be patient; mastering quantum mechanics takes time and consistent effort.

Don't be afraid to seek help; online forums, communities, or even professional tutors can be valuable resources when you get stuck 

Enjoy the journey; the process of learning and exploring quantum mechanics can be as rewarding as the destination