Calculus-Based Physics I

Calculus-Based Physics I

Volume I of a two-volume introductory calculus-based physics textbook is available free of charge. Calculus-Based Physics is an introductory physics textbook designed for use in the two-semester introductory physics course typically taken by science and engineering students. Calculus-Based Physics is a free physics textbook.


There is the assumption that low or no cost means low quality. I think folks that read the book will discover the fallacy of that argument. The bottom line is that I wanted a book that would be ideally suited to my own calculus based physics course and I wanted to make it available to physics professors in a way that would allow them either to either use it as is or to easily edit it to create a book ideally suited, in the case of each professor, to their own physics course, a book that they could, if desired, release to the public to provide another starting point for the cycle. That’s why I wrote it, and that’s why I released it for free. I hope you find it useful.

Table of Contents

  • Mathematical Prelude
  • Conservation of Mechanical Energy I: Kinetic Energy & Gravitational Potential Energy
  • Conservation of Mechanical Energy II: Springs, Rotational Kinetic Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • One-Dimensional Motion (Motion Along a Line): Definitions and Mathematics
  • One-Dimensional Motion: The Constant Acceleration Equations
  • One-Dimensional Motion: Collision Type II
  • One-Dimensional Motion Graphs
  • Constant Acceleration Problems in Two Dimensions
  • Relative Velocity
  • Gravitational Force Near the Surface of the Earth, First Brush with Newton’s 2nd Law
  • Freefall, aka Projectile Motion
  • Newton’s Laws #1: Using Free Body Diagrams
  • Newton’s Laws #2: Kinds of Forces, Creating Free Body Diagrams
  • Newton’s Laws #3: Components, Friction, Ramps, Pulleys, and Strings
  • The Universal Law of Gravitation
  • Circular Motion: Centripetal Acceleration
  • Rotational Motion Variables, Tangential Acceleration, Constant Angular Acceleration
  • Torque & Circular Motion
  • Vectors: The Cross Product & Torque
  • Center of Mass, Moment of Inertia
  • Statics
  • Work and Energy
  • Potential Energy, Conservation of Energy, Power
  • Impulse and Momentum
  • Oscillations: Introduction, Mass on a Spring
  • Oscillations: The Simple Pendulum, Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Waves: Characteristics, Types, Energy
  • Wave Function, Interference, Standing Waves
  • Strings, Air Columns
  • Beats, The Doppler Effect
  • Fluids: Pressure, Density, Archimedes’ Principle
  • Pascal’s Principle, the Continuity Equation, and Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Temperature, Internal Energy, Heat, and Specific Heat Capacity
  • Heat: Phase Changes
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics

Book Details

Author(s): Jeffrey W. Schnick
Publisher: Orange Grove Texts Plus
Format(s): PDF
File size: 1.81 MB
Number of pages: 267
Link: Download.

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