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Open Educational Resources: Physics

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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Open Physics Textbooks

Physics  -OpenStax

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


Dr. Paul Peter Urone, California State University Sacramento

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

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported  License.


Motion Mountain  -Dr. Christopher Schiller

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.


Dr. Christoph Schiller, Universität Stuttgart

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany License.

Open Lecture Videos

Physics Lectures  -MIT

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. 


Use of the MIT OpenCourseWare site and materials is subject to their Creative Commons License and other terms of use.




Physics I & Physics II Lectures  -Yale

These lectures cover Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics, and quantum mechanics. 


Ramamurti Shankar, Yale University, Physics

Lectures and course material within Open Yale Courses are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.


Physics  -Khan Academy

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.

The use of Khan Academy and materials is subject to their Creative Commons License and other terms of use.


Open Supplemental Materials

PhET  -Univeristy of Colorado Boulder

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


PhET Team

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 

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. 



Image Bank  -Symmetry Magazine

This image bank is home to many diagrams and illustrations that might be useful when teaching particle physics as well as many images related to the field and study of particle physics.

Images from the symmetry image bank may be downloaded, reproduced and published free of charge for use in presentations, reports, educational materials and websites, newspapers, online news sites and other not-for-profit educational outlets... A credit line that recognizes "symmetry magazine" must accompany each published image.