What is Feynman lectures: Definition and 100 Discussions
The Feynman Lectures on Physics is a physics textbook based on some lectures by Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate who has sometimes been called "The Great Explainer". The lectures were presented before undergraduate students at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), during 1961–1963. The book's co-authors are Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics is perhaps the most popular physics book ever written. More than 1.5 million English-language copies have been sold; probably even more copies have been sold in a dozen foreign-language editions. A 2013 review in Nature described the book as having "simplicity, beauty, unity ... presented with enthusiasm and insight".
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I'm looking for The Feynman Lectures on Physics including Feynman's Tips on Physics: The Definitive and Extended Edition (2nd edition, 2005) for a discounted price. Any suggestions where I might look for one?
I was wondering if anyone else had trouble with reading Richard Feynman's lectures on physics. I think he's a good man and had fundamental contributions to science, but has anyone noticed that it is sometimes hard to follow what he is saying? I was reading his chapter about psuedo forces and...
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The first large collection of FLP-related content posted at The Feynman Lectures Website was 744 pages of FLP classroom handouts (including laboratory guidelines, descriptions of experiments, homework, quizzes and exams, lecture summaries and outlines) donated by one of...
I found this little book titled “Statistical Mechanics; A set of lectures” by Feynman in the library. I’m not taking Stat Mech until Easter so I’d just be reading for interest at this stage, although the content looks fairly involved. Is it suitable for a first introduction?
“incidentally, to a good approximation we have another law, which says that
the change in distance of a moving point is the velocity times the time interval, Deltas=vdeltat This statement is true only iF the Velocity is not changing during that time interval, and this condition is true only in...
I was reading Motion chapter 8 in Vol 1 and I came across a line in speed topic which seemed confusing. So I checked with others and we concluded that its a mistake. Are there printing mistakes in this book? I will be surprised. Its pearson.
In Feynman lectures vol I, last part of chapter 31, there was this argument about electric field on the other side of the opaque wall with holes.
The argument is attached below. I'm having a hard time understanding the claim in the red box. In particular, I failed to see how "fields arrive at...
My attempt was to calculate the acceleration of M2 as the acceleration of M2 if it were the only mass in the system, minus the component of M1's acceleration along the slope. And then I would divide the whole thing by 2 to get the acceleration for just one of the two masses@
a = 1/2 ( g -...
Hello, everyone. I've made a number of announcements in this Forum about publications at The Feynman Lectures Website, but this is one I've long anticipated and am particularly happy to make: You can now listen to the original tape recordings of Feynman's famous Caltech Introductory Physics...
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You can now watch Feynman's Messenger Lectures in Full HD video with a searchable autoscrolling transcript (and other cool features) at The Feynman Lectures Website. Here are some useful links:
information about Feynman's Messenger Lectures with links to videos ...
I've been reading a lot of stuff around physics as of late, and I was wondering if the "The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volumes I, II, III." are a good thing to read?
I'm asking as the price for these books aren't cheap, and I want to make sure they are worth the buy.
In the section 8-2 dealing with resolving the state vectors, we learn that
|\phi \rangle =\sum_i C_i | i \rangle
and the dual vector is defined as
\langle \chi | =\sum_j D^*_j \langle j |Then, the an inner product is defined as
\langle \chi | \phi \rangle =\sum_{ij} D^*_j C_i \langle j | i...
I have a question on formula (3.1) and (3.2) in Feynman Lectures on Physics III 3-1, available online,
https://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/III_03.html
<x|s> here can be interpreted also as inner product of bra <x| and ket |s>, following usual Dirac notation ?
For example, ##<r_1|r_2>## in...
"The “stage” on which the universe goes is
the three-dimensional space of geometry, as
described by Euclid, and things change in a
medium called time."
-Feynman Lectures
Do the 1st two lines mean that the thing
in which everything moves around is
the 3 dimensional space...am i interpreting
it...
"Suppose we have another
ther charge some distance away.
Would it feel any attraction? It would feel practically
none, because if the first two are equal in size,
the attraction for the one and the repulsion for
the other balance out.Therefore there is very little
force at any appreciable...
'Mass is found to increase with velocity, but appreciable increases
require velocities near that of light. A true law is: if an object moves with a
speed of less than one hundred miles a second the mass is constant to within one
part in a million. '
What does 'constant to within one part in a...
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I'm happy to announce that the entire collection of (3043) photos taken of Richard Feynman giving his famous 1961-64 introductory physics lectures at Caltech (including his blackboards - original source material for the book, The Feynman Lectures on Physics [FLP]) have been...
In chapter 44 of Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume I, which covers thermodynamics, we find this passage:
Does anyone know what this argument of Carnot's is? I'm not sure exactly what it is that he is supposed to have derived without using the first law. The efficiency of a reversible...
Could anyone explain me in simple words what is being said in this topic from this book (great book and author btw)...
i don't understand after it starts talking about perpetual motion and lifting and lowering of weights.please explain in simple words.
okay someone said to add more details to my...
611 pages of notes Richard Feynman made in 1961-64 to plan and prepare lectures for Caltech's two-year introductory physics course, later known as The Feynman Lectures on Physics, have been posted in deep-zoomable format at The Feynman Lecture Website.
Photos of Feynman giving his...
I just finished the intro physics sequence at my college, and I wanted to work through the Feyman lecture Vol.1, with the workbook, over the summer. Does anyone know of any sample curriculum used for this book? Or perhaps, knows a good way to work through the book?
The lecture is here, paragraph 5-7.
Feynman is trying to explain how to measure the size of the nucleus.
He writes :
"Suppose we have a piece of material
1 centimeter thick. There will be about 10^8 atomic layers.
Since we don't know the size of the nucleous, how can be possible to calculate...
Hi, last year I've decided to re-study physics starting from the very basis in my spare time. It is taking some time but it has been pretty fun and useful. I'm an engineering undergrad and the most advanced physics class I had was an introduction to QM, but right know I'm more focused on...
Homework Statement
"A mortar emplacement is set 27,000 ft horizontally from edge of a cliff that drops 350 ft down from level of mortar...It is desired to shell objects concealed on the ground behind the cliff. What is the smallest horizontal distance d from the cliff face that shells can reach...
Homework Statement
The density of air is given as .001g/cm^-3 and the density of liquid air 1g/cm^-3
A.) Estimate the number of air molecules per cm^3
B.) Estimate the Mass of a single molecule.
C.) Estimate the average distance L an air molecule should travel between collisions at normal...
Is it because it is more rigorous than books like Halliday and Resnick? Or maybe you need to digest those books as a prerequisite for the feynman lectures? Or maybe people don't believe a regular person could digest the feynman lectures as a introductory level physics book? If someone is a...
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I'm a senior philosophy/economics undergrad and I'm recently finding myself very interested in physics. For several reasons, I'm not able to take physics courses in college, but I wanted to introduce myself to the "corpus" of the undergrad physics. I'm willing to invest time and have...
Why doesn't The Feynman Lectures consider the possibility of negative ##\alpha## when it says that ##e^{+2\alpha\rho}## is a rapidly increasing exponential (just below http://feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/III_19.html#mjx-eqn-EqIII1923) ?
Hello everyone. I'm studying Mechanical engineering but I'm at Foreign language preparation class. My area is Space and aircraft. I'm studying Aircraft Deisgn (Daniel P. Raymer) and I think I've to improve myself in physics area. I thought that Feynman lectures on physics can be good start. What...
I know that the Millennium Edition of FLP is supposed to be the most up-to-date and corrected, however, I have read (in amazon) really less than ideal reviews on how glossy the pages are, how light the printed text are, and how the texts go inside the left margin making it very difficult to...
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I've seen a lot of differing opinions on this site. I'm a middle schooler with a decent understanding of basic calculus, trig, and algebra. I want to learn physics, and am wondering if The Feynman Lectures supplemented with problems from Irodov and some of Walter Lewin's lectures...
I am not quite taking Engineering Physics yet, but in preperation for a future degree I would like to jump in with both feet and take a journey through physics using the master's lectures.
I know i will be in over my head with the problems, but i am extremely passionate about the subject...
Hi! I've bought book Feynman lectures, Feynman exercises and Physics Jay Orear. Is worthwhile to buy Landau and Lifshitz books? I'm beginner in physics. I'm not sure what to school textbooks. School programme is too easy for me. I need more accurate source to learn physics. Although in my school...
Since August 2014 the Feynman lectures have been available free of charge. They are direct from Cal Tech online, so one may rest assured they are not pirated. They are also available as a pdf download. Best introductory text I've found.
The online site has better layout than the pdf, but is...
I'm in the 11th grade and have little education of college level mathematics. I individually find myself studying one section of it but hardly have a grasp. I really want to read the Feynman Lectures to further my education of physics, but as I read over the pdf it looks like there is a lot of...
I have been going through feynmans lectures on probability and have a few questions that i can't answer ; in the part regarding fluctuations he introduces us to tree diagrams(pascals triangle ) and gives an example regarding the toss of a coin
If we consider the no. Of tosses as n and no. Of...
I was reading the Feynman Lectures awhile back and I remember reading something he said about the Uncertainty Principle and it seemed slightly odd to me. I don't remember the exact quote and combing through some of the lectures online I can't quite find it. I've heard it more than once from...
For some reason, I'm having trouble with what I feel should be a relatively simple derivative to take. Feynman is differentiating the potential to find the z-component of the electric field. He has:
-\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial z} = - \frac{p}{4 \pi \epsilon_0} \frac{\partial }{\partial z}...
1. The problem statement, all variables and /known data
Help! I'm stuck on an exceedingly simple statics problem, number 2.24 in the New Millennium edition of exercises for the Feynman lectures.
The problem consists of an inclined plane (inclination angle 30 degrees) on wheels with a...
Looking to buy a copy of the Feynman lectures and the millenium edition is the one I am going to buy. I remember reading, maybe I am mistaken, that there was reprint of the 2011 millenium edition. If I am correct, this reprint fixed errors that were found in the 2011 editipn. However, when I...
Just wanted to post a link from Caltech's website hosting the complete Feynman lectures on Physics. All 3 volumes.
http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
I am aware that all three of them are good ones. But, if one is to be picked, which one would it be? I have basic knowledge of mechanics and a little of thermodynamics. I am looking for a book which will further strengthen my basics.
Hello everyone. My name is Sam and I am an engineering student. I am very interested in studying physics. I am currently using physics by Halliday/Resnick/Krane. I have read good reviews on Feynman lectures but not really sure about its content. Is Feynman lectures a good supplement or is it too...
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I am working my way through the Feynman lectures and I am stumped at Chapter 23, Resonance. Specifically, the derivation of equation 23.12. I have followed up to that point but the appearance of tan (theta) baffles me. The equation is below:
Any help would be greatly...
In the Feynman Lectures on Physics chapter 28, Feynman explains the radiation equation $$\vec{E}=\frac{-q}{4\pi\epsilon_0 c^2}\,
\frac{d^2\hat{e}_{r'}}{dt^2}$$
The fact that the transverse component varies as ##\frac{1}{r}## seems fairly obvious to me since what matters is just the angle...
Homework Statement
Two gliders are free to move in a horizontal air through. One is stationary and the other one collides perfectly ellastically. They rebound with equal and opposite velocities. What is the radio of their masses?
The Attempt at a Solution
The answer is 3, how can I...
I read the Quantum Physics section of the online version of Feynman lectures http://feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_02.html#Ch2-S3 and I don't understand how he can deduce electron momentum from the Uncertainty Principle. I agree that the momentum is uncertain but how can he deduce that it is very...
I read the Quantum Physics section of the online version of Feynman lectures http://feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_02.html#Ch2-S3 and I don't understand the problem with the electrons "breaking away from the nucleus". So why can't the electrons just keep going in and out of the nucleus ?