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Physics - Video

by Ramamurti Shankar

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(PHYS 200) This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, and waves. This class was recorded in Fall 2006.

Customer Reviews

A Great Resource

I'm currently in an undergrad physics class, and these lectures are excellent for learning the background of the topics. Prof Shankar is a really good teacher; I don't know what I would have done in physics without his simplified, gradual explanation of these sometimes complex subjects.
He tends to focus more on the derivation of the formulas and the reasoning behind the laws, which might frustrate someone looking to take a more applied approach, but I suppose he figures that anyone can apply the formulas, the hard part is figuring out where they came from.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this to any student who wants to actually understand physics.


Too often the focus is on calculations instead of understanding the physics. While he does go through the calculus of calculations (homage to his wit), he emphasizes the science underlying the calculations.


So so so helpful!! My uni has pod casts too but this guy is great. He doesnt just expect everyone to know what's going on. Also I love that he writes with chalk!