University Physics - Volume 1 (OpenStax)

October 27, 2016 | Updated: August 9, 2022
Author: Samuel J. Ling, Truman State University, Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University, William Moebs (retired), Loyola Marymount University

University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. This textbook emphasizes connections between between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.

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Biological/Physical Sciences, Physics

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Ali Nasseri

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Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The text is an in depth treatise of the subject matter and provides the right tools (index, etc) to navigate the web of knowledge presented.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The content is error free and accurately described concepts in physics.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The textbook covers relevant topics in physics and touches on recent advances which are of interest to learners. Updates can easily be appended to the existing structure.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The textbook is relatively easy to use and understand and students have not had any issues following the content.

Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

I agree.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The chapters are relatively well sizes for assigning reading sections and cover themes that fitting within a few lectures.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

Topics flow logically and are well structured.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

There are no major navigational issues that I noticed. I think, at least on the e-book version, there is an opportunity to link additional external resources (simulations, etc) of interest to students.

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

I did not notice any grammatical and spelling errors.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

The text uses inclusive language, particularly when presenting problems.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

I do recommend the book. I have used other (much more expensive) textbooks before and the openstax textbook covers the same topics, at times even better. What is missing, to an extent, is a supplementary open source problem bank for use by students. I know there are efforts on the way to digitize some of the questions in the textbook, but I think that is the only missing element that would sway the scale towards using another textbook.
In addition, the OpenStax textbook can benefit from linking external resources that can benefit student learning, such as simulations or other supplementary materials.