OpenStax College Physics

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Introductory Physics YouTube Videos, lectures, problems

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The website physics.gpclements.com has annotated lists of YouTube videos for both semesters of introductory physics. The lecture videos follow the order in the OpenStax Physics textbook. The level is suitable for high school and college students. There is a short (15 minutes or so) lecture for each topic and example problems that are worked out step by step. The site also lists a few calculus level physics videos. There is no charge for viewing the YouTube videos.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture

Reading Guides for OpenStax College Physics

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This resource consists of two .zip files that have reading guides for the College Physics textbook at openstax.org. Each zip file has Word documents for the standard first and second semester set of topics for a year-long freshman level college physics course. The reading guides summarize the key points, provide extra explanations, and pose questions for the student. The reading guides were written for the first edition of the textbook. Permission is granted for free use and editing of the reading guides.

Material Type: Full Course, Lecture Notes, Student Guide

OpenStax University Physics Volume 1/Equations

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This is a four page sheet of equations that are based on the chapter summaries of OpenStax University Physics Volume 1. The primary intent is to create an equation sheet for students to use during in-class exams. It is on a wiki, and therefore can be edited. Formula sheets for Volumes 2 and 3 will come out this summer (if all goes well).

Material Type: Reading

Authors: Guy G Vandegrift, The authors of OpenStax University Physics

Direct Measurement Video of a Toy Car Accelerating

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This is a short activity intended to allow students to practice kinematics using a video of a familiar object: a spring-powered toy car. Students measure displacement and elapsed time from the video and use these measurements to calculate average speed. Observing that the car has an initial speed of zero, students can find the final speed and acceleration. Students will use a QuickTime video recorded at 240 frames per second, making measurements directly from the video using a ruler and a frame-counter overlaid on the video. The video at right is a preview of the video students use for the activity.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Peter Bohacek

Attributes of motion

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Negative vector is a relative term - not an independent concept. We completely loose the significance of a negative vector when we consider it in isolation. A negative vector assumes meaning only in relation with another vector or some reference direction.

Material Type: Reading, Syllabus

Author: Sunil Kumar Singh