Topics: Momentum, Moment of inertia, Potential energy Pages: 680 (219351 words) Published: September 14, 2013
Introductory Physics I
Elementary Mechanics


Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department Durham, NC 27708-0305

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Copyright Robert G. Brown 1993, 2007, 2013

This physics textbook is designed to support my personal teaching activities at Duke University, in particular teaching its Physics 141/142, 151/152, or 161/162 series (Introductory Physics for life science majors, engineers, or potential physics majors, respectively). It is freely available in its entirety in a downloadable PDF form or to be read online at:∼rgb/Class/intro physics 1.php It is also available in an inexpensive (really!) print version via Lulu press here: where readers/users can voluntarily help support or reward the author by purchasing either this paper copy or one of the even more inexpensive electronic copies. By making the book available in these various media at a cost ranging from free to cheap, I enable the text can be used by students all over the world where each student can pay (or not) according to their means. Nevertheless, I am hoping that students who truly find this work useful will purchase a copy through Lulu or a bookseller (when the latter option becomes available), if only to help subsidize me while I continue to write inexpensive textbooks in physics or other subjects. This textbook is organized for ease of presentation and ease of learning. In particular, they are hierarchically organized in a way that directly supports efficient learning. They are also remarkably complete in their presentation and contain moderately detailed derivations of many of the important equations and relations from first principles while not skimping on simpler heuristic or conceptual explanations as well. As a “live” document (one I actively use and frequently change, adding or deleting material or altering the presentation in some way), this textbook may have errors great and small, “stub” sections where I intend to add content at some later time but haven’t yet finished it, and they cover and omit topics according to my own view of what is or isn’t important to cover in a one-semester course. Expect them to change with little warning or announcement as I add content or correct errors. Purchasers of the paper version should be aware of its probable imperfection and be prepared to either live with it or mark up their copy with corrections or additions as need be. The latest (and hopefully most complete and correct) version is always available for free online anyway, and people who have paid for a paper copy are especially welcome to access and retrieve it. I cherish good-hearted communication from students or other instructors pointing out errors or suggesting new content (and have in the past done my best to implement many such corrections or suggestions).

Books by Robert G. Brown
Physics Textbooks
• Introductory Physics I and II A lecture note style textbook series intended to support the teaching of introductory physics, with calculus, at a level suitable for Duke undergraduates. • Classical Electrodynamics A lecture note style textbook intended to support the second semester (primarily the dynamical portion, little statics covered) of a two semester course of graduate Classical Electrodynamics.

Computing Books
• How to Engineer a Beowulf Cluster An online classic for years, this is the print version of the famous free online book on cluster engineering. It too is being actively rewritten and developed, no guarantees, but it is probably still useful in its current incarnation.

• The Book of Lilith ISBN: 978-1-4303-2245-0 Web:∼rgb/Lilith/Lilith.php Lilith is the first person to be given a soul by God, and is given the job of giving all the things in the world souls by loving them, beginning with Adam. Adam is given the job of making up rules and the definitions of sin so that...
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