This book provides a reference guide to the topics covered in most introductory physics courses. This book is geared towards students in a college-level introductory physics class, but can be used at the high school level. Topics covered include conservation laws, dynamics, electricity and magnetism, and topics in 20th and 21st century physics. Each chapter includes a brief outline of the key concepts, applications, and equations, and a series of problems to be solved. Answers to selected problems are also available.

This page is in partnership with the Santa Cruz Institute of Particle Physics Teacher Outreach Program. The author, James Dann, is a UCSC SCIPP and Physics Alumni Graduate Student who now teaches Physics to High School Students. James has been involved in SCIPP Outreach for many years.


Ch 0.1: Introduction and Vision
(includes information on how to print books)

Ch 1: Units and Problem Solving

Ch 2: Energy Conservation

Ch 3: One Dimensional Motion

Ch 4: Two Dimensional and Projectile Motion

Ch 5: Newton’s Laws

Ch 6: Centripetal Forces

Ch 7: Momentum Conservation

Ch 8: Energy and Force

Ch 9: Rotational Motion

Ch 10: Simple Harmonic Motion

Ch 11: Wave Motion and Sound

Ch 12: Electricity

Ch 13: Electric Circuits: Batteries and Resistors

Ch 14: Magnetism

Ch 15: Electric Circuits: Capacitors

Ch 16: Electric Circuits: Advanced Topics

Ch 17: Light

Ch 18: Fluids

Ch 19: Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

Ch 20: Special and General Relativity

Ch 21: Radioactivity and Nuclear Physics

Ch 22: Standard Model of Particle Physics

Ch 23: Feynman Diagrams

Ch 24: Quantum Mechanics

Ch. 25 Using Calculus with Physics
(under construction)

Ch. 26 Global Warming

App. A: Numerical and Short Answers to Problems

App. B: Equations

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Updated: March 2021