progress in NSEP prep

Hita is continuing her quest for NSEP 2014. We have done question papers of NSEP 2000-2014, IITJEE 1997-2014.

  1. Hita identified some problems where she would like a clarification/opinion from DORA.
  2. We are also marking questions from 35 years prev qps  in Physics by DC Pandey. Probably we will go to Dora on Friday.
  3. Solving questions from prev.papers of NSEP,IITJEE would help Hita calibrate her skills and hone her conceptual understanding.
  4. I would like her ideally to start IRODOV and A K Singh after her NSEP exam.
  5. Maybe conceptual questions from HCVerma, Resnick & Halliday , NCERT books also need a thorough review by Hita.

Physics Lecturer’s anguish

I found it interesting.

I am teaching for 20 years now and observed most students can do much better if they have the self motivation to solve and practice. Cheap books are available in second hand bookstalls, where you get thousands of Numericals to solve ….. but most students will like to blow their time going and coming for tuition, travel time …. TV for hours and hours watching cricket / Tennis games, playing computer games ….   😦    My free lectures are not going to make much difference in spending of unnecessary money for coaching ….. I know very well , how much people enjoy .. , spending unnecessarily !!    Do you know that there are NO poor / needy students in Bangalore. Sometime back I had tried to teach for IIT JEE FREE. Discussed with a few NGOs and social service guys. Arranged rooms but got only 1 student. We had informed many people in many ways to inform students …. We did not get students who are ready to learn for free. So I am sure these lectures are NOT FREE. If anyone learns from these, s/he changes and that’s the gain / benefit. This change ( due to learning ) is very costly …. Most do not want to learn ………..


Revision of SHM by Gangineni Hita

Presently SHM is being done in Hita’s classroom. She told me she solved all of HC Verma and DPPs given by her Physics Class teacher.She is also done some problems from Irodov and AK Singh , I think. I will review her progress and ask her some conceptual questions I randomly come across.

Dora’s notes may come in handy here.

My favorite problems in physics book

I had been fascinated by the book Problems in Physics by Abhay Kumar Singh from my engineering prep days. The fact that it is quite respected even today is a testimony of its depth and treatment of subject.

Gangineni Hita will complete atleast one overall sampling of problems from the book in another three intensive sessions with Dora. She has to do Modern physics , Semi-conductor devices and some kinematics. Why some she has to do full to full kinematics in her own language.

Hita is satisfied only if the topic in physics is treated by her uncle and the explanation comes from his mouth. I think more than his explanation his exhortation is what matters because an intense field of physics problem solving is felt in his presence.

Though other famous international books like IE IRODOV are there I  preferred AK Singh for his  Indian flavor and strict usage of SI units.I had to do lot of negotiation with large no of stakeholders in getting Hita experience a flavor of A K Singh’s book.

Hope her mother meets AK Singh next week in Patna and some thing fruitful comes out of it for her next step in prep for olympiad and camp.

Today hopefully Hita would have started her brushing up of Sardana’s books with Optics and Modern Physics by adjusting her lunch and managing in her study hours.( if she doesnt feel shy of reading physics!)

Some images of A K Singh




How to Prepare for Physics Olympiad

How to Prepare for Physics Olympiad

Some guidelines on how to prepare for Physics Olympiad competitions

  1. Be familiar with the syllabus of the IPhO. But be aware of the statement that says Questions may contain concepts and phenomena not contained in the Syllabus but sufficient information must be given in the questions so that candidates without previous knowledge of these topics would not be at a disadvantage.
  2. If you are a beginner you can start with non-calculus physics textbooks:
    • “College Physics” by Alan Giambattista, Betty McCarthy Richardson, and Robert C. Richardson
    • “Physics” by John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson
  3. Study first year level university physics.
      • “University Physics with Modern Physics with Mastering Physics™”, 13th edition, by Hugh D. Young and 
Roger A. Freedman
      • “Physics”, Volume 1 & 2 by David Halliday, Robert Resnick and Kenneth S. Krane
      • “Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics” by Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett, Jr.
      • Upgrade Your Physics by The British Physics Olympiad

      Textbooks on specific topics:

    • “An Introduction to Mechanics” by Kleppner and Kolenkow
    • “Classical Mechanics” by John R. Taylor
    • “Introduction to Classical Mechanics with Problems and Solutions” by David Morin
    • “Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems” by Jerry B. Marion and Stephen T. Thornton
    • “Special Relativity” by A.P. French
    • “Vibrations and Waves” by A.P. French
    • “Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd ed.” by David J. Griffiths
    • “Electricity and Magnetism” by Edward M. Purcell
    • “Electromagnetic Fields and Waves” by Paul Lorrain and Dale Corson
  4. Practice working out theoretical problems
  5. “Useful Hints for Solving Physics Olympiad Problems”
  6. Practice doing experiments