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Physics: Open Educational Resources

This guide lists the print, online, and media library resources relevant to this subject, as well as reliable, external web sources.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources" by Ron Mader is licensed under CC BY 2.0

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ~ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

For a more comprehensive overview on OER, see:

  • Open Educational Resources - a guide designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, selection and adoption of Open Educational Resources.


Open Educational Resources in Physics

Logomancer "Atom Model." 2006. openclipart, Accessed 15 Dec. 2017. 


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.

OER Physics Textbook Example

College Physics OER TextbookContributing 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

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