Professor R. Shankar, a well-known physicist and
contagiously enthusiastic educator, was among the first to offer a course through the innovative Open Yale Course program. His popular online video lectures on introductory physics have been viewed over a million times. In this concise and
self-contained book based on his online Yale course, Shankar explains the fundamental concepts of physics from Galileo’s and
Newton’s discoveries to the twentieth-century’s revolutionary ideas on relativity and
The book begins at the simplest level, develops the basics, and reinforces fundamentals, ensuring a solid foundation in the principles and methods of physics. It provides an ideal introduction for college-level students of physics, chemistry, and engineering, for motivated AP Physics students, and for general readers interested in advances in the sciences.
Instructor resources–including problem sets and sample examinations–and more information about Professor Shankar’s course are available at http://oyc.yale.edu/physics/phys-200.