Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Does any body know of any good introductory theoretical physics or theoretical astrophysics books? I'm about to go into A2 and am unsure about what university course to peruse and think that having a look over some of the material for the subjects that I like may help me come to a more clear decision
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hey there. While you're waiting for a reply to your post, we thought we'd give your thread a timely bump.

    But don't twiddle your thumbs in the meantime! Kick off your revision and study time by heading to our Learn Together section.

    In Learn Together, you'll find interactive study tools to help make your revision quicker and easier. We've also got thousands of handpicked assignments analysed by great teachers, so you can learn from top-marked work. And there's tons more too: get started on Learn Together now!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Asking for an introductory textbook on theoretical physics is a bit tricky. At degree level, textbooks are usually devoted to a specific area of physics. Also, just about all textbooks would be considered 'theoretical' by their very nature. But I'll try to help you out:

    The primary astrophys textbook used at my uni (and many others I'm sure)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Introductory...ke+and+gregory

    All 1st year undergrads on my course were given a copy of this book, and it contained all the core physics we covered in that year
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Physics-Scie...eywords=tipler

    After this you would move to specialised texts on electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, condensed matter. But don't look at those yet
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    After graduation what will a theoretical physicist do ?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AserO.)
    After graduation what will a theoretical physicist do ?

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Postgrad research
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ZazenTree)
    Postgrad research
    No really what will they do for living ? As I am thinking of to do it .

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AserO.)
    No really what will they do for living ? As I am thinking of to do it .

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Unless you were doing theoretical physics with a view to postgraduate research then the the opportunities upon graduation would be virtually identical to those of plain old physics graduates. So, various technical industries, banking/financial sector (if that was your thing), patent law, medical physics...the list goes on and on - anything you can think of where a quantitative/analytical/problems solving skill set would be valued.

    The reason to choose theoretical physics - if you haven't got a long term view of PhD, research etc - would be because you excel at/enjoy maths, and are not so fond of practical physics.

    For what it's worth practical physics is my weakest area and probably always will be, but I chose not to do a theoretical physics degree because physics is an experimental science. Regardless of my lack of skill in the lab, and the long afternoon lab sessions that can ruin my day, I view it as an important part in training as physicist.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    What newspaper do you read/prefer?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.