From Newton to Einstein:Universitylevel Physics Curriculum for Online LearnersHere is where we chart a learning course. The starting point is somewhere near a highschool level education. If you're not there yet, fear not! The Khan Academy has a truly excellent set of online resources to get you there. In fact, they've got us pretty well covered for math, and we'll be able to go to them for a lot of our physics as well. I can't say enough good things about the Khan Academy. If you haven't been to their site recently, GO! So, back to our map: we'll take for granted at least some background in mathematical concepts like algebra and trigonometry. Our goal is to get a grasp on the real meanings of modern physics . . . at whatever level of depth we choose. At a minimum, we'll want to know the true meaning of time and space as far as they have been revealed by relativity and quantum theory. And since this meaning isn't likely to agree with the intuition we develop in our everyday interactions with the world, we'll want to know how science arrived at our modern understanding. We're going to break up our curriculum into multiple "years" (we'll call each one a "series," since you are free to go at your own pace) like a typical university physics program. Unlike such a physics program, however, this online course of study will not provide you supervision in a physical laboratory nor a series of experiments to perform; what we do here could be considered a good preparation for college study rather than a complete substitute for it. We're also going to break the material up into individual course names like you might find at a university. In fact, we'll be borrowing many course names, numbers, and descriptions from the University of Washington course catalog. But rather than listing just the prerequisites of these courses, we will identify several learning objectives within each course and be more specific about the dependencies between each of these objectives. For example, preparing for a full thirdyear course may require a particular firstyear course, but there may still be many worthwhile objectives in the thirdyear course which do not depend on such prior learning. Whether you want to be able to crunch the numbers or you're just looking for the highlights, we'll try to map out the learning path. 
As online resources are identified for each course, you will be able to click on the course numbers in the lefthand column below to see an annotated, organized list; as well as a more detailed breakdown of learning objectives and some otherwise helpful coaching hints.
Don't be put off by the complicatedsounding names and descriptions; we've totally got this! Read the detailed course descriptions (as available) and see what they're all about in simple terms.
SERIES ONE  

MATH 124  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I  Singlevariable differential calculus  
MATH 125  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II  Singlevariable integral calculus  Prerequisite: MATH 124 
MATH 126  Calculus with Analytic Geometry III  Introduction to multivariable calculus: partial differentiation and multiple integrals  Prerequisite: MATH 124,125 
PHYSICS 121  Classical Mechanics  Recommended:MATH 124, 125  
PHYSICS 122  Electricity and Magnetism  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 121 Recommended: MATH 124, 125 

PHYSICS 123  Waves and Oscillatory Motion  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 122  
MATH 218  Linear Algebra  Vectors and matrices; systems of linear equations; bases; determinants; linear transformations 
SERIES TWO  

MATH 224  Advanced Multivariable Calculus  Double and triple integrals; Green's theorem; Stokes' theorem; divergence theorem  Prerequisite: MATH 124,125,126 
PHYSICS 224  Statistical Mechanics  Thermodynamics  Prerequisite: MATH 124,125,126; PHYSICS 122 
PHYSICS 225  Modern Physics  Special theory of relativity; introduction to quantum physics  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 121,122,123 Recommended: PHYSICS 224 
MATH 307  Differential Equations  Prerequisite: MATH 124,125,126  
PHYSICS 227  Mathematical Physics I  Prerequisite: MATH 124,125,126,218  
PHYSICS 228  Mathematical Physics II  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 227  
PHYSICS 311  Relativity and Gravitation 
Introduction to the general theory of relativity.  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 121,122,123 
SERIES THREE  

PHYSICS 321  Electromagnetism I  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 121,122,123,227 
PHYSICS 322  Electromagnetism II  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 321 
PHYSICS 324  Quantum Physics I  Prerequisite: MATH 224, PHYSICS 225,227 
PHYSICS 325  Quantum Physics II  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 324 
PHYSICS 326  Quantum Physics III  Prerequisite: PHYSICS 325 
SERIES FOUR  

PHYSICS 401  Quantum Theory I  
PHYSICS 402  Quantum Theory II  
PHYSICS 405  General Relativity  General covariance and tensor analysis; the relativistic theory of gravitation as given by Einstein's field equations 