All resources in OpenStax College Physics

Introductory Physics YouTube Videos, lectures, problems

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The website 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

Faraday's Electromagnetic Lab

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Play with a bar magnet and coils to learn about Faraday's law. Move a bar magnet near one or two coils to make a light bulb glow. View the magnetic field lines. A meter shows the direction and magnitude of the current. View the magnetic field lines or use a meter to show the direction and magnitude of the current. You can also play with electromagnets, generators and transformers!

Material Type: Simulation

Authors: Archie Paulson, Carl Wieman, Chris Malley, Danielle Harlow, Kathy Perkins, Michael Dubson

Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics

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This open book aims to help students develop a fundamental understanding of classical thermodynamics and its engineering applications. It features concise explanations of key concepts, step-by-step engineering examples, and interactive practice problems at the end of each section. It is most suitable for a one-term, introductory engineering thermodynamics course at the undergraduate level. It may also be used as self-learning materials or a supplement to other thermodynamics books. The book is licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Claire Yu Yan

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 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

Parallel Pedagogy: Creating Dialogue for Introductory Mechanics

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Newtonian Mechanics whereby fundamental concepts (momentum, energy, force, motion) are introduced on the first day and developed in parallel. Access entire curriculum: comprehensive lecture videos with questions, textbook (calculus based, algebra based, and conceptual), exams, syllabus, past student evaluations.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Textbook

Author: Peter Schwartz

An Interactive Physics Textbook

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My name is Ahmed Malik and I am a 3rd year at the University of Chicago. I like to use visualizations/interactive elements to convey information in an aesthetic fashion. I believe that OpenStax can benefit from becoming more interactive, so I created an example of an interactive "textbook" and shared it with the OpenStax staff. They asked me to post it on this group so we can get more feedback. I would greatly appreciate all comments and ideas. My goal is to make something like this for all standard physics subjects, (mechanics, E&M, quantum mechanics, etc), and I believe it could even be applied to other subjects. (PS: This is meant to be an interactive web experience, but I had issues posting it online, so I just recorded myself using it as another student would)

Material Type: Textbook

Interactive Physics Demos

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These Interactive Physics Demonstrations were developed by MAJ James Bowen, MAJ Cathleen Barker, MAJ Andrew Wilhelm, and others at the United States Military Academy for their University Physics course. Each activity is presented as a worksheet, which guides students through an experimental or observational process with questions.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: OpenStax, Rice University

College Physics Reading Guides: 2nd Semester

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These reading guides for OpenStax College Physics cover the chapters most often taught in the second semester. They are organized by chapter and section. The guides include chapter summaries, core terminology and equations, and review questions. Copyright© 2015 by Greg Clements. Permission is granted to reproduce this document as long as 1) this copyright notice is included, 2) no charge of any kind is made, and, 3) the use is for an educational purpose.

Material Type: Student Guide

Author: OpenStax, Rice University

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

College Physics I: BIIG problem-solving method

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The BIIG problem-solving method is unique in that it forces us to concentrate on decoding a real-world word problem completely into meaningful parts and aids us in finding and applying the right formula to easily arrive at the correct solution. As desired, it places less emphasis on the memorization of factual detail and more emphasis on the understanding of concepts. Evidently, this method is beneficial in many ways as it aids students in honing skills in critical thinking, logical approach and attention to detail. As a method for organizing information it helps students avoid errors and sets them on a path to succeed. As long as the numbers are “buddied up” with their units, “identified” by the appropriate variables, “isolated” within the context, and the answer is presented “gourmet”, or explained in terms of the original question, finding a solution to any complex problem will become seamless, understandable and enjoyable. This innovation in science education fosters a passion for learning and serves as a foundation for a new paradigm for problem-solving in any discipline of science worldwide.

Material Type: Assessment, Student Guide, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: C N Hiremath