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What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
Open Educational Resources in Physics
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Listed below is a sample of Physics related OER textbooks and course materials. Additional Open Educational Resources may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.
Collection of Physics textbooks made available by Rice University
Several open access textbooks covering a variety of physics topics
Physics related OER educational content originally curated by Boundless and currently maintained by Lumen
3, 208 open access books available for researchers to read, download, share, and reuse
OER Physics Textbook Example
Contributing Authors: Paul Peter Urone, California State University, Sacramento; Roger Hinrichs, State University of New York, College at Oswego; Kim Dirks, University of Auckland; Manjula Sharma, University of Sydney
College Physics meets standard scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory algebra-based physics course. The text is grounded in real-world examples to help students grasp fundamental physics concepts. It requires knowledge of algebra and some trigonometry, but not calculus. College Physics includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities for traditional physics application problems.
Online Physics Demonstrations
Physics simulations animated in real time--interact with them by dragging objects or changing parameters like gravity.
UC Boulder's Physics Learning Laboratories
624 working demonstrations, indexed by topic.
PHET Simulations from UC Boulder
Interactive simulations for physics.
A collection of interactive animated physics simulations.
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
12,000+ Interactive Wolfram Notebooks for education, research, recreation and more
The Open Science Laboratory
Requires one-time free registration.
MERLOT Physics Demonstrations
Over 200 simulations for introductory physics
GoLabz Online Physics Labs
Aggregated online simulations at a variety of levels.
Concord Consortium STEM Resource Finder
Offers a variety of learning objects including lessons, sequences, and simulations.
The Physics Aviary
Lab simulations, some with built-in random error for better analysis.
Physlet Physics 3E