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written by Benjamin Crowell
This web site contains a free textbook for a non-mathematical Conceptual Physics course aimed at high school or beginning college students.   The author adopts a modern approach to understanding physics revolving around the concepts of symmetry and conservation laws.  Specific topics include Conservation of Mass and Energy, Conservation of Momentum, Relativity, Electricity and Fields, The Ray Model of Light, and Waves.  The textbook is designed for a one semester course, but some chapters can easily be omitted for a shorter course.  It is available in a freely downloadable pdf format or can be quickly navigated online with html chapter links. A printed version is available for purchase for the cost of printing and shipping.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Conservation of Linear Momentum
- Rotational Dynamics
= Conservation of Angular Momentum
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
General Physics
- Curriculum
Oscillations & Waves
- General
- Miscellaneous
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Textbook
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- Educators
- text/html
- application/pdf
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© 1998 Benjamin Crowell
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Free textbook, conceptual physics, introductory physics, modern physics, textbook
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