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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Short Description: The book is most suitable for a one-term, introductory engineering thermodynamics course at the undergraduate level. It may also be used for self-learning of fundamental concepts of classical thermodynamics. Long Description: This open book is written with a goal to support students’ learning of fundamental concepts and engineering applications of classical thermodynamics. It features concise explanations of key concepts, step-by-step solutions to engineering examples, and interactive practice problems. The book 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. Word Count: 49571 (Note: This resource's metadata has been created automatically by reformatting and/or combining the information that the author initially provided as part of a bulk import process.)

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Claire Yu Yan

Natural Sciences Open Educational Resources Portal

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The courses on this portal are or will be Zero-Textbook-Cost courses. Course faculty are creating and adopting teaching, learning and research materials that permit no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. The following course pages provide links to the syllabus and open course content, websites and learning tools: Biology SCB 201 – General Biology I Chemistry SCC 110 – Foundations of Chemistry SCC 201 – General Chemistry I SCC 202 – General Chemistry II Physics and Astronomy SCP 101 – Topics in Physics SCP 105 – Life in the Universe SCP 140 – Topics in Astronomy SCP 201 – Fundamentals of Physics I SCP 202 – Fundamentals of Physics II

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course

Authors: Allyson Sheffield, Amit Aggarwal, Joshua Tan, Kevin Mark, Lucia Fuentes, Maria Entezari, Marta Kowalcyzk, Philippe Mercier, Roman Senkov, Van Bich Tran, Xin Gao

Physics For Everyone

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The online educational resource Physics For Everyone is the scaffolding for a 3 contact hour, 3 credit general education course that conveys the relevance, beauty, and power of physics as a foundation of science and technology in the public interest. This slide deck provides the outline for the semester-long course. Each week’s lecture topics, with key points to be covered, are highlighted in two slides, which also list writing prompts, problem-solving exercises, and labs. Also, we have curated a list of high-quality online video resources that students (and instructors) should use to help them learn (and teach) physics ideas and concepts using demonstrations, animations, and humor. Many of those videos are parts of larger series and programs, created by some of the most skilled and popular online presenters in the world; that means some of their content is commercially sponsored, but all the content is free to students and instructors. Finally, we have envisioned this course so that students are assessed with a large set of low-stakes, just-in-time-type assignments and laboratory exercises. This work has been generously supported by New America’s PIT-UN (Public Interest Technology University Network) challenge grant program, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Syllabus

Authors: Charles Liu, Sarang Gopalakrishnan, Vadim Oganesyan

Geology Online Lab Activities: An Open Educational Resource for Community College Students and Instructors

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The online geology lab for community college students was developed by Dr. Rondi Davies, a faculty member at Queensborough Community College, City University New York, during two years of forced online synchronous learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This open educational resource collects many of Dr. Davies’ favorite open-access materials and supplements them with her own work within a single, cohesive laboratory manual intended for two-year, non-major college students from the New York area.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Rondi Davies

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

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