Prof. E. F. Redish

The following text materials are available on our (password protected) Blackboard website.
• Chapters from Understanding Physics, by Cummings, Laws, Redish, and Cooney (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). Although this text does include some calculus, it also contains motivation and conceptual discussions that better match my approch in this class than other texts.
• For those of you who are pre-med or pre-health care, the introductory chapter of Dr. Jerome Groopman's book, How Doctors Think, makes clear the value of some of the methods of thinking we are trying to encourage in this class in the context of health care.

Here are some websites that might help make sense of some of the issues raised in class. If you discover others that you find useful, let me know and I will add them to the list.
• Scales
1. Powers of Ten (the 1977 version - slightly outdated in our scientific knowledge at the upper and lower limits)
2. Powers of Ten (the Simpsons version -- take it cum grano salis )
3. There is a more modern IMAX version (narrated by Morgan Freeman), but the version downloaded to youtube doesn't include the small, only the large. If anyone finds a version of this on the web, let me know so I can add a link to it.

• Basic Math
1. Algebra Referesher (West Texas A&M review of algebra)
2. Scientific Notation
For practice, try the Scientific Notation quiz from our Astronomy Department!
3. Trig Refresher (I haven't found one I like. Let me know about what you have found.)
4. Algebra Practice quiz (by Adam Berman)

• Vectors
1. Raffles Junior College Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (mostly head-to-tail rule)
2. Cal Poly Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (lots of rules)

• Estimations
• Dimensions and units (Redish)
• Vectors
1. Raffles Junior College Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (mostly head-to-tail rule)
2. Cal Poly Adding and subtracting vectors with applets (lots of rules)

• University of Colorado Physics Education Technology (PhET) Simulations (Main page)
1. The moving man (good for linking graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration)
2. Forces in 1-D (pushing various objects with applied forces and friction)
3. The ramp (pushing objects up a ramp with friction -- and letting them slide down)
4. Projectile motion (some amusing variations)
5. Energy skate park (a very cool sim showing the balance of kinds of energy)
6. Ladybug revolution (a sim giving you a handle on vector and componenet kinematics in rotation)
7. Gas properties (a sim visualizing the motion of the molecules in a gas)

• University of Illinois Multi-media Learning Modules
• Videos
1. Eureka -- A set of cartoon clips on basic physics available on YouTube.
2. Khan Academy -- Lectures on physics, but be careful: some of the discussion is really sloppy.
3. MIT Physics Lectures with Walter Lewin -- one of the most popular MIT lecturers. Lectures start with the conceptual material appropriate for our class, but go on to more complex and mathematical terms.

(Thanks to Neil Basumalik and Megan Young for some recommendations!)

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