College Physics

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Multiple Authors, Openstax College

Pub Date: 2012

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381680-0-0

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by James Kennicutt, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, on 8/16/2017.

The textbook covers all the content you would expect from an introductory algebra-based physics course. I didn’t find any gaps in content. All the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Raymond Duplessis, Associate Professor, Delgado Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The coverage in the book is similar to others such as Cutnell Physics or Knight. The chapter topics and order are virtually the same.I found the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Darrell Lim, Faculty, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers what’s to be expected in college-level physics, with some sections being rather bare, yet factual. For example, the book didn’t seem … read more

 

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Reviewed by Gabriele Belle, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, on 6/21/2017.

This book is an excellent comprehensive text for a 200-level algebra-based physics course. It explains all relevant physics concepts in a clear and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Edward Davis, Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, on 6/21/2017.

I have been in the business of teaching Freshman physics courses for more than 20 years. In that time, I’ve had to work with half-a-dozen mainstream … read more

 

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Reviewed by Henry Smith, Assistant Professor, River Parishes Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The contents of this book are complete, and it is done in an orderly manner. The chapter titles are easily matched to the contents of the chapters. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Medini Padmanabhan, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College, on 4/12/2017.

This book has an exhaustive list of all introductory physics topics. It has pretty much everything i need (and then some!) to teach a 2-semester … read more

 

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Reviewed by William Mekeel, Instructor, Riverland College, on 4/12/2017.

At 34 chapters and 1400 words, this introductory textbook covers a myriad of topics. While obviously not a text intended to read cover-to-cover, the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jeanette Eggert, Professor of Math and Physics, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, on 2/9/2017.

The OpenStax textbook coverage of content for a one-year algebra-based physics course exceeds standard textbooks that I have recently used. Because I … read more

 

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Reviewed by Tatsu Takeuchi, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, on 2/9/2017.

The textbook is indeed comprehensive and covers all the topics that are discussed in a traditional algebra based introductory physics course. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Julia Olsen, Faculty, Program Director, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

My interest in the text is for use as a physics content resource for specialized courses and workshops for STEM teachers. As such, it includes all … read more

 

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Reviewed by Daniel Sheehy, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, on 2/9/2017.

The textbook is very comprehensive, covering all topics in a typical two-semester algebra-based introductory physics coruse. Each chapter concludes … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lawrence Rees, Professor, Brigham Young University, on 12/6/2016.

The book covers all the subjects traditionally included in an algebra-based college physics course. It includes bio-med applications, as is expected … read more

 

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Reviewed by Alan Covell, Instructor, University of North Caronlina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

OpenStax's college physics includes all topics, with standard examples, that would normally be found in an introductory college physics text. I have … read more

 

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Reviewed by Michael Murray, Professor, University of Kansas, on 8/22/2016.

Our interest in the book is for our algebra based physics sequence. Our students in these courses are mainly in the medical and biological areas. We … read more

 

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Reviewed by James Rittenbach, Professor, Rogue Community College, on 8/22/2016.

At over 1400 pages, this is the most complete algebra-based physics textbooks I’ve ever seen. As many of the students in the algebra-based physics … read more

 

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Reviewed by Lawrence Davis, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This book is designed for the 200-level algebra based introductory physics course, which is typically taken by students in the biological sciences … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rod Lee, Physics and Astronomy Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

The text covers all of what we cover in our General Physics sequence (i.e. PHY 201-202-203). There are additional chapters that we don't necessarily … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kriton Papavasiliou, Instructor, Virginia Tech, on 6/11/2015.

It is hard to find topics that should be included in an introductory text such as this one that have been left out. All the standard topics are there … read more

 

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Reviewed by Neil Alberding, Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, on 10/10/2013.

Comprehensive and include much more than could be covered in two one-semester introductory courses. The Index and glossary are find. The pdf … read more

 

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Reviewed by Takashi Sato, Physics & astronomy faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on 10/10/2013.
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Tyron Tsui

This book has the feel of a typical algebra based first year physics book, suitable for algebra-based first year physics courses anywhere. This … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dr. Tyron Tsui, Instructor, Langara College, on 10/10/2013.
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Takashi Sato

The text included and appropriately covered all topics necessary for a first-year algebra-based physics class. An index is provided in the PDF … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dr. Julie Alexander, Physics Faculty, Camosun College, on 10/10/2013.
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Dr. Stewart Langton

While reviewing this textbook we compared it to two other widely used first year algebra based physics textbooks, Physics by Giancoli and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Elena Bassiachvili, Instructor, Langara College, on 10/10/2013.

a. Glossary is provided at the end of each chapter, but I feel the definitions are not detailed enough and are too specialized without … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction: The Nature of Science and Physics
  • Chapter 2. Kinematics
  • Chapter 3. Two-Dimensional Kinematics
  • Chapter 4. Dynamics: Force and Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Chapter 5. Further Applications of Newton's Laws: Friction, Drag, and Elasticity
  • Chapter 6. Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Chapter 7. Work, Energy, and Energy Resources
  • Chapter 8. Linear Momentum and Collisions
  • Chapter 9. Statics and Torque
  • Chapter 10. Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum
  • Chapter 11. Fluid Statics
  • Chapter 12. Fluid Dynamics and Its Biological and Medical Applications
  • Chapter 13. Temperature, Kinetic Theory, and the Gas Laws
  • Chapter 14. Heat and Heat Transfer Methods
  • Chapter 15. Thermodynamics
  • Chapter 16. Oscillatory Motion and Waves
  • Chapter 17. Physics of Hearing
  • Chapter 18. Electric Charge and Electric Field
  • Chapter 19. Electric Potential and Electric Field
  • Chapter 20. Electric Current, Resistance, and Ohm's Law
  • Chapter 21. Circuits, Bioelectricity, and DC Instruments
  • Chapter 22. Magnetism
  • Chapter 23. Electromagnetic Induction, AC Circuits, and Electrical Technologies
  • Chapter 24. Electromagnetic Waves
  • Chapter 25. Geometric Optics
  • Chapter 26. Vision and Optical Instruments
  • Chapter 27. Wave Optics
  • Chapter 28. Special Relativity
  • Chapter 29. Introduction to Quantum Physics
  • Chapter 30. Atomic Physics
  • Chapter 31. Radioactivity and Nuclear Physics
  • Chapter 32. Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics
  • Chapter 33. Particle Physics
  • Chapter 34. Frontiers of Physics
  • Chapter 35. Atomic Masses
  • Chapter 36. Selected Radioactive Isotopes
  • Chapter 37. Useful Information
  • Chapter 38. Glossary of Key Symbols and Notation

About the Book

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. 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.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Senior Contributing Authors

Dr. Paul Peter Urone, California State University Sacramento

Dr. Roger Hinrichs, State University of New York, College at Oswego

Contributing Authors

Dr. Kim Dirks, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Manjula Sharma, University of Sydney, Australia