A WikiTextBook for Introductory Mechanics

Figure showing angular momentum and torque

A ball hits a bar and sticks to it. A figure from a worked example on angular momentum and torque. (Image by Prof. David Pritchard. Used with permission.)


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This e-Book is a first step toward a shift in the role of the printed textbook from authoritative serial repository to modular, customizable, linkable, interactive hub. The ideal modern textbook should provide a clear overview of the domain, short summaries of key content, links to more detailed online source material, embedded self-assessment, and a vehicle for instant student feedback. This open-source e-Book for introductory mechanics uses ideas from modeling physics to encourage strategic, concept-based problem solving and employs a wiki format to enable multiple parallel organizations of the material, links to resources and student comments.

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Analia Barrantes, Andrew Pawl, David Pritchard, and Stephen Wilk. RES.8-002 A WikiTextBook for Introductory Mechanics. Fall 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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