On this page you will find several open Physics textbooks along with supplemental material and a few lecture videos.
The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive. The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.
This is a calculus-based physics textbook meant for the type of freshman survey course taken by engineering and physical science majors, or for AP Physics C. It uses a nontraditional order of topics, with energy coming before force. For instructors who prefer the traditional sequence, there is a drop-in replacement for ch. 0-4, Mechanics, that covers force before energy. -Light and Matter
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This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. College Physics can be can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems. -Open Stax
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This textbook is excellently produced. It is full of images and figures that do a wonderful job of supplementing the text. Its 1800 pages can be viewed online or in the format of six separate PDFs. This text covers topics including mechanics, thermodynamics, relativity, electromagnetism, quantum physics, physics as it applies to biology, technology and astrophysics, and a section on the strand model.
This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany License.
ComPADRE is a collection of resources that cater to both Physics instructors and learners. It is a platform through which learners and instructors are given the ability to publish and search for high quality resources created for their specific needs. The comPADRE collections are a specialized place that reduces duplication, provides interoperability and facilitates resource sharing. The collections at comPADRE offer document hosting for Physics education related material. It organizes news, events, and forums of the Physics community as well as jobs, research, and opportunity databases.
Dr. Bruce Mason of the OU Physics Department is the Principal Investigator of comPADRE.
To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. -PhET
Most PhET simulations are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Those which are not are licensed under a GNU General Public License.
Physics Classroom is a collection of Physics tutorials that cover all topics typically covered in college level Physics I and Physics II courses. Newton's laws, vectors, momentum, work and energy, rotational motion, optics, relativity, electricity and magnetism are all represented in the Physics Classroom. Also featured on the Physics Classroom are animations of physical phenomena that will help any student to conceptualize physics.
The content of the Physics Classroom is licensed under copyright and should only be linked to.
MIT offers a host of course lectures on various topics in Physics. Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Nuclear physics are all available in video lecture format.
These lectures cover Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics, and quantum mechanics.
Lectures and course material within Open Yale Courses are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Video lectures covering topics seen in a first and second year college Physics course including one and two dimensional motion, work and energy, gravitation, thermodynamics, and electricity and magnetism.