How to Study Physics – Study Tips – Simon Clark

Hello Socratica Friends! We’re here to help you be a great student! Are you interested in studying Physics, but you don’t know where to start? Today we have a special guest, Simon Clark, PhD, who will give us some great advice about how to study Physics. We’ll talk about how Simon got inspired by Physics demonstrations and activities as a kid, and how his studies progressed at Oxford and the University of Exeter. You may be surprised to hear how much math is involved when you study Physics! Simon gives some great practical advice about how to learn this most fundamental of the sciences.

Simon made a video that ties in with this one, all about the Physics books he would recommend for you. You can find that video over on Simon’s channel here:

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Simon mentions the following videos that you might find helpful:
The Map of Physics by Dominic Walliman (Domain of Science)

How to Program in Python course from Socratica

What is Calculus

How to Use Cornell Notes

How to Use Flashcards

How to Use the Feynman Technique


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We recommend the following texts mentioned in this video:
Feynman Lectures on Physics

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman

The Tao of Physics

Schaum’s 3000 Solved Problems in Physics

Schaum’s 3000 Solved Problems in Calculus

REA Physics Problem Solver (out of print – used copies available on Amazon)

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Div grad curl and all that – an informal text on vector calculus

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

Halliday and Resnick – Fundamentals of Physics


Written by Kimberly Hatch Harrison and Simon Clark
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Produced by Kimberly Hatch Harrison


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  1. The pandemic has surely screwed all chances of me being good at Physics in Secondary School .Let's see if I can be another Tesla or Einstein using these methods .Is it too late .I will be starting high school in 2023 .

  2. Ok, for the people trying to cram for a physics exam this video is not for you… no tips on how to STUDY physics. Just interesting facts about the subject. Not a bad video, just saving you some time. You can add to "watch later" for after your exam.

  3. When an American describes a Brit – "He is slightly qualified to speak on the subject.." when the man has completed his PhD in the subject. No wonder the best Physicists are from Europe and Asia 😉

  4. you see… i would do more questions but I'm unsure if I'm doing them correctly… usually, there aren't answers available online after questions yk…. and generally, I'm a shy, anxious person, so asking my teacher every time, scares me.. it will be a lot of time and I'm sure she will get irritated

  5. Learning C is like learning to drive stick, which is why it should be first, IMHO. Also, so many times I felt like giving up when studying physics, thinking that I was too dumb to realize I shouldn't be studying it. But eventually I graduated, and I'm glad I stuck with it, because I was left with a tiny glimpse into the true nature of nature.

  6. Dear Socratica I have my high school diploma in Mathematics, Physics and chimecs and believe it or not it was just looked like your university education diploma, we had have mathematical problems in our high schools books which was 300 years unsolved mathematical problems in European countries universities, you can even check it out in our newspapers in our country in that time because the reporters in that time were angry at our education system and asked our education system why they put unsolved European countries university mathematic problems in our high schools books to be solved. I got my diploma in 1979 and that article in newspapers was before revolution in our country, do you think I have to begin studying again? Really?
    With my regards
    Mahmoud Mottaghipour
    Date:Wednesday 27January 2021?

  7. I didn't know there's an English version of Socratica (…which is probably the original version of the channel). Your English is awesome, btw! This feat with Simon took me by surprise when I searched how to be good at physics. Both your and Simon's channels do a great job promoting science.

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