Learning Resources For Physics – Part 1: Video

Everyone learns in different ways and takes different paths to nurture their understanding

Learning is the bread and butter of science, we could be studying some esoteric equations, attending class, or even just looking at the myriad patterns in your everyday life.  The tricky part is that everyone learns in different ways and takes different paths to nurture their understanding.

It helps to have lots of different tools in our search of knowledge so that we can explore are these avenues of learning. I’ve found many people are interested in theoretical physics, but find it inaccessible and daunting. With that in mind, I’ve begun to compile a few helpful resources so that people can have more avenues of learning.  In the spirit of inclusivity, I will only include resources that are 100% free.

Today, I’ve gathered a few video learning resources to help people along at every step of their learning.

Khan Academy
This is a staple of online learning sites. It covers all the STEM fields from high-school up to at least second-year university level. It provides a reliable and accessible entry point into the foundation material of any scientific study.
https://www.khanacademy.org/

MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT has hosted course content from hundreds of their past courses. This includes a few pretty solid courses on physics. You can even filter the courses to see the ones that include video content.
https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/#cat=science&subcat=physics

Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive
The Perimeter Institute has made recordings of all their lectures openly accessible for anyone to watch. If you have a solid grasp of undergraduate physics, these provide a doorway into graduate level material. The lectures are well laid out and cover a huge variety of topic material. Make sure to check out their seminars too.

  • 2014/2015 Course lectures:

https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/training/perimeter-scholars-international/lectures/2014/2015-psi-lectures

  • Main video archive:

http://pirsa.org/

 
CERN Document Server
This site includes not only video lectures on cutting edge particle physics, but also foundational topics taught by some of the leading physicists and engineers working there. This is a treasure trove for anyone interested in particle physics.
https://cds.cern.ch/collection/Videos?ln=en

These are by no means the only resources out there. Just the ones that I tend to use. You can find even more resources on other lists like these:
https://futurism.com/ultimate-collection-free-physics-videos/
http://www.infocobuild.com/education/audio-video-courses/physics/physics.html
https://glenmartin.wordpress.com/home/leonard-susskinds-online-lectures/