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Best physics lectures for JAM (Complied by toppers)

Contents

Our PAE (Physics After Engineering) community members have contributed to building this nice handy list of video lectures/courses they’ve done. Many thanks to them all, and here is the list.

Index
  1. Quantum Mechanics
  2. Classical Mechanics
  3. Electromagnetic Theory
  4. Mathematical Physics
  5. Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
  6. Nuclear & Atomic Physics
  7. Oscillations, Waves, and Optics
  8. Astro & cosmology
  9. Relativity
  10. Solid State Physics
  11. Electronics
  12. Others  
  13. Google Form to submit reviews
If you are interested in adding to this crowd-sourced knowledge repository, Plesase enter your reviews of the video lectures you’ve read in this form (https://forms.gle/1WH7982Yye1r7WeN8) or you can directly enter your review in the embedded form at the bottom of the page.

1. Quantum Mechanics

     BSc level
  • MIT 8.04 Quantum Physics I, version by Allan Addams: A really good introductory course on quantum mechanics. This course doesn’t just run through the equations, but the lecturer focuses on giving intuition about concepts. The lecturer takes 2 lectures to start with an actual equation. ( You can get the idea)( It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t cover technical aspects in details). – Dhananjay Vijay Kapse
  • MIT 8.04 Quantum Physics I, version by Barton Zwiebach: Barton Zweibach is a String Theorist from MIT and he is great at teaching. That is a perfect introduction to QM for someone who hasn’t started the subject. If one is following a book like Griffiths, this will supplement it well. Also, attempt the Problem sets and see the lecture notes if possible (for that you have to go to the course website which is probably given in the descriptions of the videos). – Sayan Mondal
  • Introduction To Quantum Mechanics by R Shankar: For any subject, Introduction is much needed before getting into tedious mathematics of that subject, and personally I found R. Shankar’s videos on ‘Introduction to QM’ is very useful for BSc as well as IIT-JAM Physics preparation. But these lectures are not that level of JEST/TIFR GS Physics Exam. Videos are not that slow or fast, easy to understand English used in lectures, Explanation is fantastic for a freshman in Quantum Mechanics. – Amit Kumar Jha
  • Quantum Mechanics by HC Verma: This lecture series is in Hindi. If you are New to Quantum Mechanics then this lecture series gives u a better understanding. He starts from very basic and covers all graduate-level topics.- Rahul
  • Quantum Mechanics and Applications by Prof. Ajoy Ghatak NPTEL: It is a good starting point for QM. There is no bra ket notation so not that appropriate for a post-graduate level course but a nice introduction. I used it as complementary to Griffiths – Kunal Vyas; I have gone through lectures on NPTEL and book on quantum mechanics by Ajoy Ghatak. Content in book and lecture is identical even in order or chronology whatever you want to say. I think video and the book both are a waste of time. The first-time learner of quantum mechanics can’t learn from it. This book and lectures are not even ordered in an intuitive way. Even this book is not even good for revision. – Umashankar Pardhi
     MSc level
  • Quantum Physics by Prof. V BalakrishnanExcellent material for Linear Algebra and Advanced Quantum Mechanics – Raj Upadhyay
  • Quantum Physics II, MIT OCW 8.05 by Barton ZwiebachA proper course on Quantum Mechanics for undergraduates. It can be pursued by those who have first-year engineering mathematics under their belt. It’s better to study Chapter 1 on Linear algebra from Shankar’s book before starting the course. (not mandatory) – Rohan Joshi
  • Quantum Physics III, MIT OCW 8.06 by Barton ZweibachIt is complementary to Quantum Physics II (8.05) by Barton Zweibach. It covers all the topics which are not discussed in 8.04 and 8.05 like perturbation theory, other approximation methods, Dirac equation, Klein Gordon equation, etc. Also, it uses easy maths and all the necessary maths are discussed as we go along. – Rishab Kaushik 
     Others
  • Quantum Optics by Immanuel Bloch: A very comprehensive introduction to quantum optics. The course starts off with the semiclassical picture where the atom is considered to be quantum while light is taken to be classical. It culminates in the Jaynes Cummings model where light is quantized. The course ends with a teaser for the realization of quantum optics with the help of cavity quantum electrodynamics(QED). The instructor works out the mathematics with you and explains the concepts in a very intuitive way. – Anuvab Nandi
  • Mathematical methods of Quantum  Information Theory by Frederic SchullerThis is one of the scratch that, the rigorous treatment of quantum mechanics I know. The man starts from a set and builds up to Hilbert Space just to show why this weird thing called Quantum Mechanics works. Again, definitely overkill for M.Sc. But a must for a theoretical Ph.D. student.
    Side note:- The notes are available on Reddit. Yes, the man is so famous that he has subreddit after him – Ganesh Chandra Lakkaraju

2. Classical Mechanics

      BSc Level
      MSc Level

3. Electromagnetic Theory

      BSc Level

4. Mathematical Physics

      BSc Level
  • Multivariable calculus Khan Academy by Grant Sanderson(aka 3Blue1Brown) [Highly Recommended for anyone in physics or maths]: As we all know Grant Sanderson and his YouTube channel 3Blue1Brown.When he was working for Khan Academy he created this playlist of Multivariable calculus which helps to grow the fundamental idea of the topic rather than mugging up the formulas. – Ranjeet Bhosale
  • Linear Algebra by Dr. Aviv CensorIt is a course about Linear Algebra. It includes Complex Numbers, Polynomials, Vectors spaces & subspaces, Matrices. The teacher teaches in a calm and composed manner. You can play these lectures at 1.5x or 2x speed if you are comfortable with English. – Harshul Gupta
  • Differential and Integral Calculus by Dr. Aviv CensorIt is about Differential and Integral Calculus. The way the instructor uses his art of drawing is amazing. With his drawings and figures, he can make you interpret the physical meaning and uses of even Double and Triple Integrals. It covers topics like Limits, Derivates, Scalar, and Vector Calculus. You can play these lectures at 2x speed if you are comfortable with the English.- Harshul Gupta
  • MIT 18.06SC Linear Algebra by Gilbert StrangLinear Algebra by Gilbert Strang is like living the topic as you’re learning it, granted it takes some time but you’ll begin to develop an intuition on various topics, I’d say; to learn the fundamentals of linear algebra at UG level, Gilbert Strang lecture series is the way to go. – Jayesh Pandey
  • Gradient, Divergence, and Curl in Hindi by Arijit Daripa
      MSc Level
      Other

5. Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics

     BSc Level
  • Thermodynamics – Khan academy by Salman KhanHe explains the basics (like P-V diagrams, entropy, Carnot engine, etc.) really well, I would recommend watching them to build solid basics even if you have learned them once sometime back. There are a bit more topics covered in ‘Chemistry thermodynamics’ playlist on topics like Gibbs energy do watch them also. – Dushyanth
  • NOC Thermodynamics NPTEL By Prof. Anand T N C : THERMODYNAMICS: I enrolled for this course for JAM preparation and I found this quite useful although it exceeds the JAM syllabus requirement in the latter part of the series. Still a Good course for learning a smidgen of what mechies would study in college.- Thevin Arokiaraj L
     MSc level

6. Nuclear & Atomic Physics

7. Oscillations, Waves, and Optics

  • MIT 8.03 Vibrations and WavesIntroductory course. A complete experimental approach. You can see the experimental demonstrations for each concept discussed in the lecture. – Dhananjay Vijay Kapse

8. Astro & cosmology

9. Relativity

  • Tensor calculus by EIGENCHRISTensor calculus: this series is by a small-time YouTuber yet its pretty understandable. It introduces you to the general notions used in general relativity and the math employed. It was recommended to me by the fellow members of PAE – Thevin Arokiaraj L
  • [email protected] with LIGO-India: This is one of the best series for UG-PG students who want to learn and explore GR AND GW and further make a career in GW Astronomy. – Ankit
  • Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity by Larry Randles Lagerstrom: This is a very basic course on Special Theory of Relativity which covers all the main aspects of STR. There are many courses or videos on STR available on the internet, but what separates it from others is the prof’s approach of teaching. He begins with the history of physics before Einstein came into the picture, and elaborates beautifully what led Einstein to discover Special Theory of Relativity. He used a card model of rockets to explain the relative position of two bodies in various situations. The one thing I loved most is how he explained the concept of simultaneity of time and the relativity in simultaneity. I have tried courses by others also, but most follow the path of deriving the necessary formulas of various consequences in STR without appreciating how it’ll look like to live in a high-speed world. But this course never missed this aspect, it made us visualize the physical world along with teaching the basic math & problems. Also, The professor teaches in such a way that almost anyone can learn and feel the beauty of the subject. All we need is high-school level knowledge of math & physics. So it’s really a good course to begin with before going for an advanced level book on the subject. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially the beginners. (PS- To convince yourself that the course is really good, you can check the reviews and rating of the course on Coursera) – Priyankush Deka
  • Basics of Special Theory of Relativity by HC Verma : 
     MSc level
  • WE-Heraeus International School on Winter and Light: A self-contained rigorous graduate-level course on General relativity that starts with the basics and goes up to the current research areas. Prerequisites include multivariable calculus, differential equations and some linear algebra (not mandatory). Can be supplemented by Sean Carroll’s book on GR – Rohan Joshi
  • General Relativity by Thanu PadmanabhanIts a General Relativity Course for beginners by Prof Thanu Padmanabhan at ICUAA. Rahul
  • Advance STR by HC Verma 
  • Special relativity by Edu pointThe course is delivered by Mr. Arjit Daripa gives us very clear and the idea of Relativity. These lectures are highly recommended for people who are just starting with the course, each topic is being explained with great depth. – Ranjeet Bhosale 
  • Compilation of videos from R.Shankar, Suskind, and NPTEL  – This is not a course but is an amalgamation of three video lecture sets(2 of them having a bit of SR and the 3rd one a full course ). The NPTEL lectures were the most helpful, I’ll say honestly. – Sayan Mondal

10. Solid State Physics

  • Solid State Physics in Hindi – Raystudies – The lecture series is in Hindi. The tutor uses Puri and Babbar’s book for teaching the concepts. If you are the one who needs visuals and graphics (drawings and figures onboard) to understand theory then this is the best channel I can suggest. He teaches concepts at a very slow speed keeping in mind the slow learners. But if you are a fast learner then you can speed up these lectures at 1.5x or 2x accordingly. It covers the entire Solid State syllabus that comes in IIT JAM. – Harshul Gupta

11. Electronics

  • Playlists on different topics of electronics in Neso Academy YT channel: These videos are excellently made, and have crystal clear explanations. There are playlists on Analog, Digital, and Network theory. Only see the videos in a playlist that are in the curriculum of the exam you’re preparing for. If you’re having questions about any topic in electronics this is your go-to place – Dushyanth
  • All About Electronics Youtube channel: It has stuff like oscillators, vibrators, OpAmp, etc. which are not covered by Neso Academy – Rishab Kaushik

12. Others

  • The Character of Physical Law – Richard Feynman (1964) –  An introductory course /general talk by the legend himself. Richard P. Feynman. The link given points to the playlist of the whole 7 lectures given by him at the Cornell University. – Divyanshu Tiwari
  • Quantum mechanics and quantum computation by Umesh VaziraniA gentle introduction to Quantum computing that covers the basics of the field. I believe it can be pursued even with a high school background only. – Rohan Joshi
  • Topology, Manifolds & Differential Geometry – Isn’t really a course, but nonetheless a precious set of videos for casual viewing and getting an idea of what the subject is. I’m NOT well versed in the subject, so I can’t say much. – Sayan Mondal
  • Group Theory Methods in Physics by Prof. P. RamadevThis course is the best one available online to study group theory methods and their applications in Physics and Chemistry. The professor gives a very intuitive picture of these methods with ample practical examples. This is your guide before you can venture onto topics in particle physics. She has covered both discrete and continuous groups in good detail – Nakul Aggarwal
  • Mathematical methods of quantum information theoryReinhard Werner, the fame of Werner states from Quantum Information is one of the founding fathers of quantum information theory. This course clearly depicts the level of mathematical rigor that is required for hardcore quantum information. Yes, it clearly an overkill to do this course for M.Sc level quantum information. But for all my future colleagues who are going to Ph.D. in theoretical quantum computation. I can’t recommend this enough. – Ganesh Chandra Lakkaraju
  • Stay Home And Revise Physics (SHARP), HC Verma: This will be a 24 hours course spread over a period of 2 months. Each lecture will have 2-4 physics experiments followed by detailed explanations. Most of the experiments can be assembled and performed by even a child of age group 13 years onwards. The explanation part may be at the level of Plus 2 and in some cases above that. The course SHARP can be taken by school students of Std 9 onwards, college students, Physics teachers, and others interested in enjoying Physics. – Sargam Kulkarni

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