Igor Evgenyevich Irodov

Perhaps the most commonly known book for Problems and Solutions in Physics preparing for all the competitive exams in India is Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov. This book is still in print from CBS Publishers in Delhi and hugely popular. It is supposed to the problem book in Physics. The book has typical style of all books (listed here previously on this blog) of first topically giving problems and then in the later part of the book giving solutions. This is what the inside cover of the hardbound edition says about the book.

The book is intended for college undergraduates majoring in Physics. It contains about 2000 problem covering the major areas of Physical science: mechanics, thermodynamics, molecular physics, electrodynamics, oscillations and waves, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Each section is preceded by a short summary of appropriate formulas whose total number exceeds 300. The answers to all of the problems are given at the end of volume. Most difficult problems are provided with explanations. Moreover, the author presents some general hints helping the undergraduate to tackle physical problems. Problems in General Physics is an excellent book which may serve as a valuable supplement to any college course on the subject.

This book, I think was one of the first Mir Books to be available as a scanned copy, perhaps due to the immense popularity of the book. There are also many solution set to the book by different Indian authors.

You can download the book from here.

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This book was reprinted many times in the English edition. The first English edition appeared in 1981 was translated from Russian by Yuri Atanov. The link has the Third Reprinting of the book in 1988. This is also one of the last books published by Mir, which has an ISBN number (ISBN: 5030008004).

A little about the author from the backside cover of the book:

Igor Evgenyevich Irodov, Candidate of Science (Physics and Mathematics), Professor of General Physics, has published a number of scientific papers and books, among which are several manuals: Fundamental Laws of Mechanics, Problems in General Physics, A Laboratory Course in Optics. His Problem Book on Atomic and Nuclear Physics appeared in six Russian editions, and was published in Great Britain, USA, Romania and twice in Poland.

A Problem Book on General Physics (with I. V. Savelyev and O. I. Zamsha as co-authors) was printed three times in Russian and published in Poland. Mir Publishers have translated it into French; its publication in Arabic and Vietnamese is expected.

Apart from this popular book in India, Irodov has also written another problem book titled Problems and Solutions in Atomic and Nuclear Physics, which seems to be popular else where. This is most probably out of print and is a rare book to find and has over 1000 problems of varying difficulty. The Mir edition in English was first published in 1983 and was translated from Russian by Yuri Atanov.

You can download the book from here.

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Two more books of Irodov which are still in print, thanks to CBS Publishers are Fundamental Laws of Mechanics and Basic Laws of Electromagnetism. Again both of these books were translated from the Russian by Yuri Atanov.

Fundamental Laws of Mechanics was first published in English by Mir in 1980. Currently there is 2002 reprint still in stock from CBS Publishers.

The objective of this book is to draw the readers’ attention to the basic laws of mechanics, that is, to the laws of motion and to laws of conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum, as well as to show how these laws are to be applied in solving various scientific problems. At the same time author has excluded all things of minor importance in order to concentrate on questions which are hardest to comprehend.

The book consists of two parts: (1) classical mechanics and (2) relativistic mechanics. In the first part the laws of mechanics are treated in the Newtonian approximation i.e. when motion velocities are much less than the velocity of light, while in the second part of the book velocities comparable to that of light are considered.

Each chapter opens with a theoretical essay followed by a number of the most instructive and interesting examples and problems, with solutions provided. There are about 80 problems altogether; being closely associated with the introductory text, they develop and supplement it and therefore their examination is of equal inportance.

A few corrections and refinements have been made in the present edition to stress the physical essence of the problems studied. This holds true primarily for Newton’s second law and the conservation laws. Some new examples and problems have been provided.

The book is intended for first-year students of physics but can also be useful to senior students and lecturers.

You can download this book from here.

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Another jewel is the book on electromagnetism and its title is Basic Laws of Electromagnetism.

The main idea The main idea behind this book is to amalgamate the description of the basic concepts of the theory and the practical methods of solving problems in one book. Therefore, each chapter contains first a description of the theory of the subject being considered (illustrated by concrete examples) and then a set of selected problems with solutions. The problems are closely related to the text and often complement it. Hence they should be analYfed together with the text. In author’s opinion, the selected problems should enable the reader to attain a deeper understanding of many important topics and to visualize (even without solving the problems
but just by going through them) the wide range of applications of the ideas presented in this book.
In order to emphasize the most important laws of electromagnetism, and especially to clarify the most difficult topics, the author has endeavored to exclude the less important topics. In an attempt to describe the main ideas concisely, clearly and at the same time correctly, the text has been kept free from superfluous mathematical formulas, and the main stress has been laid on the physical aspects of the phenomena. With the same end in view, various model representations, simplifying factors, special cases, symmetry considerations, etc. have been employed wherever possible. SI units of measurements are used throughout the book. However, considering that the Gaussian system of units is still widely used, we have included in Appendices 3 and 4 the tables of conversion of the most important quantities and formulas from SI to Gaussian units.
The most important statements and terms are given in italics. More complicated material and problems involving cumbersome mathematical calculations are set in brevier type. This material can be omitted on first reading without any loss of continuity. The brevier type is also used for problems and examples.

The book is intended as a textbook for students specializing in physics for undergraduate students specializing in physics (in the framework of the course on general physics). It can also be used by university teachers.

This book can be downloaded from here.

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In the books attributed to Irodov above, I could not find any data on the book mentioned on the side cover of Problems in General Physics namely, A Laboratory Course in Optics. I tried worldcat, but there seems to be no entry for this particular book in English. So, I do not know whether an English edition of this book was ever published. Also, I do not know whether there are any books of Irodov which were translated into Indian languages. So please let me know if this is the case.

So this was my humble tribute to the great teacher and instructor of physics, from whom generations of physicists and technical students have benefitted immensely.

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72 Responses to Igor Evgenyevich Irodov

  1. Fake Name says:

    The link to Irodov’s General Problems in General Physics leads to Tarasov’s refraction book. Could you please provide the link to Irodov’s Problem in General Physics?

    P.S. Do you have a link to HC Verma’s books?

  2. ankur says:

    the link you provided for problems in general physics by irodov directs to the book on refraction by tarasov :\…. is it just me or theres sm prob with link?

  3. malquisto says:

    The first link of this post is not for the Irodov’s ‘Problems in General Physics’ but for a Tarasov’s ‘Discussions on Refraction of Light’.
    By the way, great work on the blog! 🙂

  4. Pranjal singhai says:

    The original edition of problem in general physics can be bought from PEopLes publishing house,near marina arcade,Connaught place,Delhi.when I went there they had about 10 editions(in September)

  5. ankur says:

    thanks for updating the link dude.
    really appreciate your work.
    i have read some of these books but many were not known to me; im really enjoying reading many of those physics books 🙂

  6. damitr says:

    You are always welcome!


  7. Dr. Lalit Patil says:

    There is some book of Tarasov regarding assymmmetry & another regarding probablistic nature of the world. Any links or scans, friends?

  8. Dr. Lalit Patil says:

    Thank you damitr. Do you have The World Is Built on Probability by
    L. V. Tarasov?

  9. damitr says:

    No. I do not know of this book. Thanks for pointing out, worldcat has an entry for this. Will have to be on the lookout for this one. It was published in 1988 by Mir, so it maybe rare to get this book.


    • Saurabh Shrivastava says:


      I have that book by Tarasov in India, I don’t know how I’d post it as I do not have scanner there, I think I can take pictures and send them to you if you could do something with it. I’ll contact you when I’ll be in India

      • Dr Lalit Patil says:

        Hi Damitr & Saurabh,
        Gr8 idea. Hope it works. This book is very good. Saurabh,when you will be coming to India? Thanks to both of you in advance. Damitr has already done a gr8 job. Thanks. Keep it up.

      • damitr says:

        One way is to send a physical “xerox” copy. Then we can proceed with the scan.


  10. db jan says:

    Thank you damitr

  11. realconnect@rocketmail.com says:

    Can I Print Problems In General Physics?

  12. realconnect@rocketmail.com says:

    is it ilegal or not?

  13. realconnect@rocketmail.com says:

    Ok. Thanks. By the way is this the real mirtitles publisher?

  14. KK says:

    Thanks damitr for the irodov’s collection. Finally i found all of them.

    • Dr. Lalit Patil says:

      Hi KK,
      Could you please post links to these books which you have found out. lalit21_2000 at yahu dot com

      • KK says:

        Hi Lalit,
        I found all the Irodov’s books on this website(links are given above). I haven’t found the books mentioned by Ashsish. If i find them i will post the links.


  15. Ashish says:

    Here are the books of Irodov quite unknown in India:-
    1.Physics of Macro-systems. The Fundamental Laws, 4th ed.
    Author(s): I. E. Irodov
    Year: 2010
    ISBN: 978-5-9963-0004-4
    Pages: 207
    Subject: Physics

    This textbook describes the theory lying connected to properties and behavior of macro-systems, i.e. systems consisting of a very large quantity of particles. The subjects covered are thermodynamics, molecular-kinetic theory and both classic and quantum statistics. In addition to numerous examples, problems related to the considered topics are given at the end of each chapter.

    2.Quantum Physics. The Fundamental Laws, 3rd ed.
    Author(s): I. E. Irodov
    Year: 2010
    ISBN: 978-5-9963-0282-6
    Pages: 256
    Subject: Physics

    The textbook contains both theoretical and experimental material related to basic ideas of quantum physics and analysis of numerous examples and problems. Problems are closely related to the main context and supplement and further develop the theory presented in the book.
    Wave Processes. The Fundamental Laws, 5th ed.
    Author(s): I. E. Irodov
    Year: 2010
    ISBN: 978-5-9963-0250-5
    Pages: 263
    Subject: Physics

    This textbook contains both theoretical material (basic ideas of wave processes) and analysis of numerous examples and problems. Problems are closely related to the main context and supplement and further develop the theory presented in the book. The material is presented using as little mathematics as possible while the main accent is made on considering the physical aspects of the phenomenon.

    Problems in Quantum Physics, 2nd ed.
    Author(s): I. E. Irodov
    Year: 2010
    ISBN: 978-5-9963-0283-3
    Pages: 216
    Subject: Physics

    The book contains more than 800 problems related to the following applications of quantum physics: quantum character of electromagnetic radiation, wave properties of particles, physics of nucleus, nuclear reactions and elementary particles.

  16. KK says:

    Hi Ashish,

    Thank you for the information on Irodov’s books. I haven’t heard about these books. Are these books translated to English? If so could you please let me know the publisher details.

    Thanks in advance,

  17. Saurabh Shrivastava says:

    @ Dr. Patil I am sorry of late reply. Most probably I’ll be in India during May/ June.

  18. Does anyone know where the original MIR edition of the book is available?

  19. sudip says:

    great website.somebody do somebody do something about the probability book by tarasov.about the gentleman who posted that he has the book but has no scanner a word of advice,why can’t you walk into a cyber cafe ,scan and upload it,and then post the link.u will do a great service to this math physik enthusiast

  20. np bhatt says:

    THanks for gr8 work but all links are not working. what happened ?

    • damitr says:

      You should see this.
      We are trying to get the links working. Check the post of updates for the links which have been reloaded.


  21. disha shur says:

    cud u plz tell me where can i find this book – “problems on general physics” in kolkata??

  22. disha shur says:

    thanku so much!! 🙂

  23. Swati says:

    I m nt able 2 get the solutions to “Prpblems in general physics on internet……..can u plz provide me a link where i cn get it so dat it wld b easy fr me to undrstand some difficult problems…..

    • damitr says:

      We have not posted solutions here, as they are not by Mir. But a search will give you some of them. If someone else knows links to them, please post link.


  24. Mohammad Yaqoob says:

    The password which is given above does not work :/
    plz help

  25. Krishanu says:

    Please give a torrent link of the above books

  26. Krishanu says:

    Thank you very much, Sir.

  27. Pranav says:

    I was able to download the book Wave Processes, basic laws by I.E.Irodov but its in russian language. 😦
    Should i post the link to it here?

  28. KK says:


    If you could get the english translation of that book it would be great. I have been looking for this book for a while.

    Thanks in advance.


  29. Tyler says:

    I have “The world is built on probability” by L Tarasov; it’s a very clear and well-written book.

  30. Sandeep says:

    Hi friends,

    I am preparing self for IIT and i am doing 12th from NIOS . please guide me How can i prepare self for JEE MAINS . I want to get admission in PEC, chandigarh. Please Give me any suggestion how to self prepare for it without join any coaching class.

  31. sankho says:

    may, june, july august ! where is the link to get world is build on probability?

  32. sankho says:

    by the way, thanks! it’s a great collection.

  33. Tejas Choudhary says:

    Damitir, u are doing a great job. I have decided to go ahed with physics as my major and the credit goes to Mir books and you in turn for providing them to me. You have my kindest respects. Thanks a lot

  34. Tejas Choudhary says:

    Please damitr, tell me where I can buy the original hardbound copy of problems in general physics. I am aching to get my hands on it.

  35. Aastik says:

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  37. abhinav says:

    i have commands in learning concepts but i lagg behind in solving numericals problems please send me the remedies by which i can easily do it

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