“If you decide you don’t have to get A’s, you can learn an enormous amount in college.”

Isidor Isaac Rabi

Physics is a rich, expansive subject and offers many different ways to teach and learn. There is, however, a distinct backbone to all undergraduate physics courses world-wide. A well-rounded physics education is based on five cornerstone topics:

–Classical Mechanics
–Electromagnetism
–Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
–Quantum Mechanics
–Relativity

All remaining core subjects are built from these five. With this in mind, here is one possible physics education (my own basic training!), where all the core topics are built up simultaneously from the beginning:

Banner Image - A blackboard with key undergraduate physics equations. Clockwise from the left: Faraday’s law, Einstein’s equation, the geodesic equation, the energy-mass relation, and Schrödinger’s equation.