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 second book based on his online Yale course, Shankar explains essential concepts, including electromagnetism, optics, and quantum mechanics 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