Sunday, 14 July 2013

Physics, something really "Real"...

Physics was my favorite subject. I was initially pretty weak at physics (the mechanics part). But in class 12th, I came across one of my teachers who changed my perception about Physics. He supported me a lot and it was because of his support/guidance that I was able to crack INPhO and was also selected to represent India at the 14th Asian Physics Olympiad, Indonesia in the 8 member team (although I didn't participate in it because it's date clashed with JEE advanced registration dates).
No doubt, HC Verma is the best book for Physics.

Physics can be broadly divided into the following parts:


1.)Mechanics : for this, HC Verma is the best (along with 

NCERT) for theory and for practice, IE Irodov is the right book. You can also try DC Pandey. Mechanics requires intense practice and good exposure to a number of questions. It is one of the most scoring part of JEE Paper.

2.)Thermodynamics : Again, for this part, HC Verma is sufficient. From this part there will be around 3-5 questions in the JEE paper.


3.)Electricity and Magnetism : For this part HC Verma is not enough. You need to go beyond that, because in JEE, there will rarely be any straight - forward question from this part. Having a command in this part will definitely give you an edge over others because it has a huge weightage in the JEE paper.


4.)Optics : One of the easiest branch of Physics if prepared well. Most  scoring and easy to grasp. But, beware - this part has the widest scope of silly - mistakes. Sign convention must be kept in mind otherwise the question is bound to go wrong.


5.)Modern Physics : Tough nut to crack. Difficult, quite theoretical. This part, besides numericals has a lot of theory based questions. So prepare well especially the Radioactivity and the X-Ray part. HC Verma and NCERT must be thoroughly covered for this section.


To summarize, HC Verma is the best book for Physics. But don't ignore NCERT. Read complete NCERT atleast 2-3 times. You will definitely find something new.


If you simply study Physics, then it isn't going to work. You need to feel it, enjoy it and more than that apply it.

126 comments:

  1. Another good one..
    Hoping the next post is about maths and comes early

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  2. hello aman bhaiyya..
    your posts are really good
    please continue writing
    you are an inspiration to me

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  3. did you use any book for theory(physics) by any foreign authors?

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    1. Not exactly. But resnick Halliday book was useful in the beginning

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    2. My fiitjee teachers recommend to use pradeep's fundamental physics but Raghu mahajan'(AIR-1 in IIT - 2006 and AIEEE- 2006) says in his blog :- The Blacklist of Publishers: If you are reading a book by any one of these publishers, you are probably not on the right track: Pradeep, Krishna, Modern’s,Gupta and Gupta. These books are literally trash and should not be read by anyone.
      PLEASE SUGGEST WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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    3. HC Verma + NCERT + Resnick Halliday(Only if required) that's it.
      Further , You may refer to DC pandey (Arihant) books for good questions.
      I have no information about the book that you mentioned.
      If you want then I can provide you reviews from many top rankers of IIT JEE who are in IIT Bombay (atleast the 42 top 100 rankers in Computer science branch). That's all I can do.

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    5. yes sure,u can provide me reviews from top rankers of IIT JEE who are in IIT Bombay.

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    6. Halliday resnick international student version or jee edition?

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    7. Halliday resnick international student version or jee edition?

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  4. Can u please suggest a good book for rotational mechanics?i have done fiitjee's package but still i feel i'm lacking confidence in dis topic...

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  5. Try hc verma/old Arihant book.
    The old Arihant book is better than the new one
    I would recommend solving this chapter from irodov.
    It's a really good book for mechanics.
    People think that it contains too difficult problems, far beyond human approach but if your concepts are strong then you will enjoy this book

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  6. brother i have the book from cengage series[author is B M SHARMA].is that enough or should i get the new one i e irodov`s book.

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    1. @Sai: I haven't heard of that book so I can't say anything about it.
      But irodov is a really good book.
      It has remained the choice of jee rank holders from years

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    2. In Bm sharma itself many irodov questions are there which are based on iit pattern..and this book contain more than 500 questions in each chapter..

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  7. bhaiyya..i would like u to share http://www.physicsgalaxy.com/# on ur post....Lectures on this website are by Mr. Ashish Arora(centre head and head of dpt.physics)at fiitjee jaipur centre...He has been guiding students for various competitions in India since 1992. As Physics mentor for International Physics Olympiads, he has an outstanding track record.several of his students have won the coveted prize besides securing top 10 ranks in the prestigious IIT JEE.

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    1. Even I have heard about him.
      Thanks for suggestion.
      I'll update the post soon.

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    2. tht helped a lot thnx.. i was really luking for sum lectures on radioactivity.. :)

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  8. and bhaiyya please also tell u used which book out of the following:-
    understanding physics for jee by DC Pandey(which contains theory and question) OR Practice book of physics by DC Pandey(which contains only questions)

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  9. The book-understanding physics for jee by DC Pandey(which contains theory and questions) is a good book and is used by a number of Jee aspirants.
    Although I Didn't use the book in detail. I solved mechanics problems from the old edition of the same book(which contains really good subjective problems)

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    1. U mean that u bought DC Pandey-mechanics part only.. and no other parts like electricity & magnetism/waves & thermodynamics etc. etc.??

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    2. Correct. I bought the book on electricity and magnetism too. I used it initially but later on stopped using the book because I found my teacher's sheet more useful.
      However I would still recommend you to use the book. It's good.

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  10. hey i have just had a look at irodov's questions and i feel that they are actually different from jee questions.
    what is your take on this ?
    are there top top 50 rankers you may know of who have got the top 50 rank without irodov , solely depending on their coaching material(fiitjee in my case ) and hc verma ..?

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  11. yes there are friends who never picked up irodov
    i can bet - all top 50 rankers have 50 different types of preparation strategies.
    so you can't just say - "with irodov or without irodov"
    if you wan't to get a grip over the subject then go for it (it's the best book available) and believe me - solving this book is going to make your confidence sky high.
    however if you feel that you are unable to do the problems then leave the book and try some other book

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  12. Hello Bhaiya!!!!!!!
    I am a JEE 2014 aspirant. I have completed most of the topics in physics from my side but I am still not getting confidence in some topics. Should I try Irodov at this stage or do something else?

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    1. You should not move to irodov because problems of irodov are really tough and it would be useless to try that book without having a firm grip over the subject.
      Try hc verma and Arihant(dc pandey)

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  13. Which material would be good for waves?
    Which one did you use?

    thanks in advance for ur reply!!

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    1. pls suggest a good book for elecromagnetism,another chink in my armour.again one mth for exam(mains) i hav practised h c verma

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  14. Well waves is something I am still scared of
    of.
    We have a quantum physics course in our first semester wherein we are supposed to find out the wave function in various cases by solving the famous shrodinger equation and I am horrible at that.
    Anyways hc verma is a good option.
    For practice, fiitjee material is good enough.
    If you can anyhow get Bansal's material then that's the best for waves

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  15. Out of the 2 (HC Verma or DC Pandey)

    ->which source is good for some difficult problems
    i.e.,solving which one will be equivalent to the JEE "LEVEL"
    (very fundamental but with a little difficulty) questions ??

    Or else please suggest any other good source which contains only questions of the JEE difficulty level !!

    PS: Thanks for your reply on my query on waves and one more thing to remind you about your "D-day" post for which all the JEE aspirants are waiting eagerly...

    Thanks in advance!!

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    1. See the level of paper varies a great deal.
      For example JEE 2013 contained one of the easiest physics portion in the history of JEE. Many people managed to score above 100/120 in physics.
      But in some years it's not that easy so you need a rigorous practice.
      That's why taking a risk is not advisable and it is recommended that you prepare for all circumstances.
      For this, irodov is the recommended book.
      You should solve a number of subjective problems. It will definitely be useful because these days what is done is that objective questions are framed from the subjective questions.
      Neither dc pandey nor hc verma can guarantee a good score.
      But irodov will do so if you solve it earnestly.
      Else in the end for tougher level of objective + subjective problems, go for fiitjee Gmp. It's the best for physics.
      And also note that I was good at physics (113/120 in JEE) so I could handle irodov and GMP well.
      In a situation where you are not comfortable with either of the two, leave it and go ahead with hc verma or dc pandey.
      You do not want to get outstanding score in physics and extremely poor scores in the other two.
      This answer has been written keeping in mind that u r a JEE 2014 aspirant.
      And thanks for reminder.

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    2. Thank you for your valuable reply!!

      and you guessed it right that i am an aspirant taking JEE on 2014!!

      PS: can we solve irodov for all the branches of physics or should we stick to only mechanics and electricity magnetism
      (i.e., is it good also for waves,thermodynamics,optics and modern physics as well)?

      Thanking you in advance and a very Happy New Year!!!

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    3. Keeping in mind you have limited time in hand, you only need to solve selected problems of irodov that too of mechanics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics
      I didn't solve other chapters because they are not relevant to JEE
      Keep in mind that if your syllabus is still not completed then don't do irodov.
      Complete your syllabus first and solve more of objective problems.
      Irodov is something that is to be done when there is enough time in hand and is done parallel to the chapters

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  17. HELLO.BHAIYA CAN U PLZ TELL ANY BEST BOOK FOR FULL ELECTRO & MAGNETISM WHICH HAS BOTH CONCEPTS AND ITS APPS.

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  19. hey aman...is hc verma and ncert enough to fulfil the theory purpose for iit jee?? if not..what else do we need??

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    1. First of all define enough
      Does "enough" imply just selection in JEE or a 4 digit rank : yes then enough
      Does it imply a 2 or 3 digit rank : no not at all enough.

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    2. If we tend to aim for a 2 or 3 digit rank..then what else should we use for theory purpose..not questions but theory only..ie. to learn concepts..??

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    3. If you are for JEE 14 then stick to problem solving. Nothing new now.
      If you are a JEE 15 aspirant then purchase "Resnick Halliday ".
      It's really good for theory and for self study
      Note that the problems might not be that good because they are long and descriptive. However some problems are super good.
      In short, it's the best book for learning physics through self study but you have to be smart about how to make the best use of it without diverting from JEE syllabus.

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    4. being a JEE 15 aspirant..for 2 digit rank..can we say that fully devoting ourselves to ncert+hc verma+resnick halliday+ie irodov is sufficient for both theory and questions purpose??

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    5. Again it all depends on how well you are able to use these books.
      99% of the JEE aspirants use the above mentioned books (and almost every student in Kota)
      But only a handful of them qualify the exam so not just the resources matter, but also how well you utilize your resources.

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    6. Bhaiya Halliday resnick international student version or jee edition? Thanks on advance

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  21. hey aman i have pretty much completed hc verma thoroughly done some problems in irodov mechanics what more should i do to get a good score say equivalent to 100/120 in jee 13 thanking you

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  22. HI! PLZ SUGGEST ME SUITABLE BOOKS FOR JEE MAINS FOR PHYSICS AND ALSO FOR MATHS AND CHEMISTRY WHICH MUST COVER ALL PORTIONS.AND FOR PHYSICS, IS FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS(halliday and resnick) A GOOD BOOK.

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    1. Books for JEE main :
      Physics -> NCERT
      Chemistry -> NCERT
      Maths -> RD Sharma
      Halliday is a good book but for JEE advanced. Use it mainly for theory purposes.

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    2. Hey Aman
      I've just completed geometric optics from hc verma perfectly and im thinking of practicing it from dc pandey
      will that be sufficient to perform well in the topic + should i practice questions of optics and electrodynamics from irodov???

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    3. HEY AMAN, IF U WERE SUGGESTING BOOKS FOR AIEEE, WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST?

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  23. @pranjul :
    well you have completed enough but try to maintain this.
    Revise the things by solving questions.
    going further with dc pandey/irodov depends completely on you

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  24. yo bhaiya...didnt got any related query on my topic..
    so i want to ask that when should 1 apply calculus in questions of physics???(i m not bad at solving calculus)
    just getting confused that when these thing is to be applied....how to tackle this GRAVE problem????
    and is there any basic(baccha type) book which can solve this problem???

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    1. JEE physics is expensively based on calculus.
      You should start it right from the beginning (from kinematics)
      start with HC Verma problems

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  25. Hello brother...i have 2 questions.....(i am a 2015 IIT-JEE aspirant)
    1)i have started irodov...bt facing problems in some questions...lyk my ratio of soved to unsolved(need to see solution) is 60:40.....should i stick to it?
    2)FIITJEE GMP+RESONANCE RB.....r these two the ri8 choice for revision for students AIMING FOR A 2 DIGIT RANK IN IIT-JEE??
    P.S:-I AM AIMING FOR A 2 DIGIT RANK IN IIT-JEE...so i guess solving irodov is must.......

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    1. solving irodov is not at all must.
      you should be patient with that book.
      If you really feel that it's a waste of time, then leave it.
      GMP and RB are awesome

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    2. No no....i never feel solving irodov is wasting time....i enjoy it n physics is my favourite....its just that i was scared as i couldn't solve 40% problems in the beginning......

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  26. Hello Bhaiya,
    It is usually said that Physics is a conceptual subject and one must be conceptually very clear. My doubt is whether we should concentrate more on Questions or on Concepts.

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    1. Both (or rather on conceptual questions).
      You won't be able to solve even the simple problems if you haven't understood the concept

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  27. You said for E&M HCV is not enough. Which other book did you studied for it then?

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    1. I had an awesome physics teacher who provided me ample of study material and problem sheets so I didn't have to ponder over books.
      But for you, you can go ahead with DC Pandey if you are facing any problem

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  28. did u do the other parts of irodov apart from mechanics?????

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    1. Thermodynamics and some chapters of electromagnetism

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  29. how to strengthen up electomagnetism-i hav done hc verma and sum sums frm my coaching center.pls suggest a way

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  30. Should I read NCERT first or directly start HCV for Phy?

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  31. hi bro, i wanted to ask you that how is life in IIT. Is it a hard stressful life?

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    1. Life in IIT is extremely chill, at least in my first year.
      I don't know about the coming years.
      The first semester was a bit hectic because I took time to overcome homesickness and adjust in a new place with completely new friends.
      But now since I am well settled here, I am enjoying this place.
      Currently I have my exams going on but still, I am writing this answer. From this you can figure it out that how much time we waste.
      Here have a look at it

      http://www.quora.com/What-do-IITB-students-do-to-entertain-themselves-during-long-hours-of-study/answer/Aman-Goel-9?__snids__=327180783&__nsrc__=1

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  32. did you use some other books for topics like kinetic theory of gases, waves and sound, Optics and modern physics apart from hc verma, FIITJEE package and ncert.?
    If yes what are they plz give answer for this question by taking each topic separately that i mentioned above

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    1. No, I never needed books for those topics.
      Neither did I rely on HC Verma.
      Coaching material was more than enough.
      My teacher used to cover all the topics in great detail so I didn't have to look for books.
      However, if you are interested, then you may try DC Pandey books.
      They are good and are meant specifically for JEE

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  33. How can we polish our mind?
    To solve problems.
    Bcs when i going to solve tough problms than i have to go with thier solutions.
    Than how can we able to solve such problms by own.
    How can develop those ideas

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    1. It means that your concepts aren't up to that level.
      Start from simple questions and understand the idea behind them.
      A tough question is just a combination of these simple questions.

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    2. is cengage physics series by bm sharma relly useful or only some chapters....and how can i use ot to the best....!

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    3. i m 2015 aspirant..entering into 12th....how should i use resnick halliday for 11th class chapters..!

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  34. i m 2015 aspirant..entering into 12th....how should i use resnick halliday for 11th class chapters..!

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    1. Resnick and Halliday is a good book but only for theory.
      Questions from that book are not really upto the JEE level (Except possibly a few).
      So you should read from that book (only those topics that are there in JEE syllabus) and understand the approach used for solving problems

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  35. bhaiya if u cud just specify some really gud chpt for it.
    & THANKS

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    1. I haven't tried much of it. But mechanics is good

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  36. hello aman bhaiya......i am a jee 2015 aspirant .......i am going to bought dc panday of electricity and magnetism and of optics etc.........................................................please tell me which eddition is best...the new one or the old one..........and i had areday baught mechanics
    vol 1 new edition....should i change it to old one or this is enough......................please tell.....i hope u will rply soon.....

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    1. First of all, I am not Bhaiya. Call me Aman
      The new one is good enough for JEE. Old one contains a lot of subjective questions which may be useful for olympiads

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  37. Hey buddy......for NSEP & INPho preparation....there is a book in the market which contains a collection of previous years questions of NSEP...& INPho....at the same time there is also a problem book by KROTOV....containing some 250 questions.....which one should i go for?
    P.S:I have IRODOV....bt are the NSEP/INPho/krotov problems better than IRODOV?

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    1. Krotov : I have heard a lot about this book but I haven't tried it.
      I have been told that it's much much difficult as compared to irodov.
      So I guess, it is not required because for INPhO etc, Irodov is more than enough

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    2. Hi AMAN,

      (I had an awesome physics teacher who provided me ample of study material and problem sheets so I didn't have to ponder over books.)

      In one of ur answers u wrote that u were greatly supported by ur physics teacher because he used to provide u extra study material. But in fiitjee everyone receives equal no of cpps and sheets.

      Can u please elaborate more on what kind of material he used to provide to u?

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    3. No. In FIITJEE, everyone doesn't get equal CPPs
      His classes used to be awesome. He used to provide us supplementary selected questions from good books

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  38. hey..!!..how is the book 'university physics by sears and zemansky'..??..ever tried it..??

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    1. It's a good book as I heard but I have never tried it

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  39. Is IE irdov enough for olympiads 1st stage

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    1. it's more than enough even for second stage

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  40. Hi aman,

    I wanted to ask that did ur Physics teacher start any topic from the grass root level or the basic level?
    How did he used to begin a chapter and end it?

    Usually in the top batches of the coaching institutes the top batch teachers don't begin a chapter from the basics because they think that the kid might have done the basics earlier at home or school. AS most top batch kids are from dummy they have a lot of time to cover the basic part related to the topic but those who go to school may see a clash in the coverage of the topics differently in the coaching institute and school

    IN YOUR CASE, u were in the top batch so did see this thing in ur teachers of ignoring the basics.

    For some kids this problem of weak basics creates problem for them while they are learning the topics.
    CAN U PROVIDE SOME VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS ON THIS ISSUE?

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    1. the teacher started from the basics. He assumed that we haven't done anything in advance.
      If weak basics is a problem, have a look at NCERT before that particular chapter is covered in class

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  43. Hi Aman,iam not going to bother u wid questions of jee prep but i just want to appreciate your effort of creatin such an epic blog and also replyin to all comments and queries patiently.nice one dude(u are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).no other person has such a blog and it is awesome to see how a busy and succesful(in academics) iitian is able to take out time to write for others.

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  44. Hey buddy....for theory purposes.....should i follow HC Verma or Resnick-Halliday 'strictly'?I'm a 2015 IIT JEE aspirant.....

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  45. Hi Aman, can u suggest any book on waves(other than HC Verma), i tried Halliday-Resnick-Walker but it seems some important things are missing like wave motion on string,sound waves etc are missing. They are given in Verma though

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    1. Well you can try DC pandey
      (I haven't tried the waves book of DC pandey though)
      I guess it must be good because it is meant exclusively for JEE

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  46. hii bhaiya....really grateful for ur efforts....
    bhaiya m a JEE 15 aspirant....i live in an isolated town...where dre is no coaching for IIT.......i derefore dnt go to ny coaching......but my board level concepts are very clear......my parents suggestd to concerntrate on boards now...and den tk an year drop.....my JEE level chemistry is strong bt wen it cums to physics i fynd it difficult to solve problems(complicated).....i study hours nd hours bt get irritatd wen cnt solve any problem of physics.....pls help me nd say wat u cn say upon my situatn.....realy confused

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  47. hey aman ,..is TMH of physics a good book.?

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  48. Hi Aman, my name is Siddhant. I am a JEE 2016 Aspirant which means that I m in class 12th right now. My concepts in capacitance are a bit weak which consequently is making RC Circuit and rearrangement of charge part tough for me. Can you please recommend a source that could make my concepts clear? HC Verma is not quite upto the mark. Its too basic.

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  49. I want to ask, is NCERT and HC Verma enough for boards along tution notes ?

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  50. WHICH BOOK IS GOOD FOR MAIN AND ADVANCE? AND WHAT DO U SAY ABOUT RESONANCE PACKAGE?

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  51. Which book for theory of electrodynamics

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    1. http://amangoeliitb.blogspot.in/p/books-section.html

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  52. Hey Aman
    What if one wants to get double digit or a single digit rank
    What he should do to achieve that....

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  53. in cengage and hc verma whoch is better?

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  54. hey bhaiya
    i am in an uttermost confusion.
    like you i want to represent India in international,that requires a good understanding of physics
    so i am thinking of the order:
    resnik /halliday
    cengage
    irodov

    so am i going right?

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  55. Hey aman I am a resident of Kanpur too. I joined ashish pankaj and Vivek. My maths and chemistry is good but my physics is of a very low level because Vivek never thought us tough problems now I realized my mistake and going to a good physics teacher .You have written in your blog that you were also weak in physics initially .please tell how to cover up and is it really possible to cover up class 11 physics of her level paralletto class 12th thanks in advance.

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  56. i am planning to take GMP and resonance RANK BOOSTER besides joining allen , am i going on a right track?or is there any other valuable suggestion from you?

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  57. From where to study electrostatic and consequent chapters

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  58. You said HcV is not enough for electricity and magnetism. Then which book to refer to for concepts after studying from HCV?

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  59. initially for mechanics all went very well but after rotational mechanics i am feeling very weak on it laers also it had effect so how can i again get my confidence back ?

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  60. Please give some detail for d c pandey.I solve h c verma and risnick halliday and walker it enough for jee advance?.should I refer DC pandey book for physic?

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  61. Hey aman I would like to ask a simple and a short question which is gud HCV or DC pandey .See we don't have much tym and have to cover other topics as well.so for getting a 3 digit rank apart from coaching package one book is sufficient out of the two I mentioned .so plz reply and choose among the one

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  62. Hey aman I would like to ask a simple and a short question which is gud HCV or DC pandey .See we don't have much tym and have to cover other topics as well.so for getting a 3 digit rank apart from coaching package one book is sufficient out of the two I mentioned .so plz reply and choose among the one

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  63. Hey Aman Bhaiya, Is University physics by Young and Freeman a good replacement for theory of NCERT? I really don't like not enjoy reading NCERT but love to read Young n Freeman's book.

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