What are some free and legal video lectures for first year physics?

In summary, the conversation discusses a collection of resources for learning first-year physics, including lectures, videos, and books. The resources are all free and legal, but not widely known. Some notable resources mentioned are The Mechanical Universe, University Physics, Kleppner/Kolenkow's Introduction to Mechanics, M.I.T. Physics, Yale Physics, and a set of lectures on Lagrangian Mechanics. These resources cover a range of topics, from introductory mechanics to advanced physics.
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So, after quite a while of internet browsing over the past couple of months
I've accumulated quite a hefty collection of resources for learning
first year physics & I think it's about time I posted it as I've found a few
of these resources practically nowhere on the internet.
As far as I can tell this is all 100% free and legal
& it's a shame they are not more widely known.

1: The Mechanical Universe

Alright, I'm sure a lot of people have found this set
of life-changing lectures on the internet at some time or another.
They are all on google video & in the link provided on the wikipedia page.

However, I haven't heard found any mention of the accompanying lectures that complement
the first 20 or so lectures of the mechanical universe done by Ronald Gautreau.
These lectures are in the classroom setting & get considerably more detailed
than the mechanical universe. Here is the link to them, I found them originally on itunesU.
You might want to download VLC player to play them.

2: University Physics

To complement the book https://www.amazon.com/dp/080532187X/?tag=pfamazon01-20 are http://physics-blog.ucsd.edu/weblog/physics2avideo/ set of lectures by Prof. Vivek Sharma.
These are absolutely superb & they would work perfectly with the book
"Fundamentals of Physics" by Halliday/Resnick or the other similar books as well.
As an added resource for the book University Physics provided
as an accompanyment for this course,
there is a website here that provides
structured homework recommendations along with solutions.

This is a great resource for self-learners.
That set of lectures will go up to around chapter 11 of University Physics
but unfortunately I cannot find any videos that go over the material
from thermodynamics to waves etc...

However, by the same teacher: This
set of lectures take up the topics of Special Relativity &
Quantum Mechanics from the University Physics book.
http://physicsstream.ucsd.edu/ is a related source to these two sets
of videos with some added videos on problem solving etc...

3: More University Physics

Here is another absolutely brilliant set of video lectures
that people would greatly benefit from.
They follow a very similar structure to the university physics videos
but the course followed comes from the book
Physics for Scientists & Engineers by Serway/Jewett.
This set of video lectures is more problem solving orientated that the others.

If you watch the videos here (5th minute) & here you'll see what video correlates
with what chapter in the book he's using so that you can download
the correct video off the site in the original link.

This set of video lectures goes over the introductory mechanics course
but it doesn't cover thermodynamics either.
However, he does cover electromagnetism!

Do a bit of searching on that site & you'll find all of the lectures there.
He also offers notes on physics & astronomy to buy if anyone is interested.

4: Kleppner/Kolenkow - An Introduction to Mechanics
I wish this was a better resource :cry:
There are only a few videos that are available to correlate with this book
that is held in such high esteem. Nevertheless it's worth a mention!

http://techtv.mit.edu/collections/8012 is a set of 9 videos that are spread
throughout the semester that correlate with the Kleppner/Kolenkow book from M.I.T.

They were found on this page &
there are related resources that
go with the book found here.

5: M.I.T. Physics

This webpage contains the links to
3 semesters worth of videos on physics by Walter Lewin.
I think nearly everyone has come across this set of videos
so nothing further need be said about them.

6: Yale Physics.

This set of video lectures by Ramamurti Shankar
of Principles of Quantum Mechanics fame are also amazing but I bet
everyone has come across them along with all of the other brilliant
courses on the site.

7: Lagrangian Mechanics

Obviously not introductory but worth a mention.
This set of video lectures
goes over advanced physics from
the lagrangian formulation using the
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521575729/?tag=pfamazon01-20 book, I think.
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Good resources...

Related to What are some free and legal video lectures for first year physics?

1. What topics do the "Young/Freedman, Halliday/Resnick, Serway/Jewett, Kleppner/Kolenkow Video Lectures" cover?

The video lectures cover a wide range of topics in physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and modern physics. They also cover fundamental concepts such as forces, energy, and motion.

2. Are these lectures suitable for beginners or advanced learners?

These lectures are suitable for both beginners and advanced learners. They start with the basics and gradually build upon them, making them accessible for students of all levels.

3. Can these lectures be used as a substitute for a traditional textbook?

While these lectures provide a comprehensive overview of the topics, they should not be used as a substitute for a textbook. They can be used as a supplement to a textbook or as a review tool.

4. Are these lectures based on any specific textbook?

The lectures are based on the popular textbooks "University Physics" by Young and Freedman, "Fundamentals of Physics" by Halliday and Resnick, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" by Serway and Jewett, and "An Introduction to Mechanics" by Kleppner and Kolenkow. However, they can be used with other textbooks as well.

5. Can these lectures be accessed for free?

Yes, these lectures are available for free on various online platforms, such as YouTube and MIT OpenCourseWare. However, some platforms may require a subscription or purchase for full access to the lectures.

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