Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Sample Problems by Chapter in Understanding Physics*

* Understanding Physics, by K. Cummings, P. Laws, E. Redish, and P. Cooney (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004) is based on the text by Halliday, Resnik, and Walker, and is the narrative part of the Physics Suite.


Part #1 | Part #2 | Part #3 | Part #4 | Part #5


  1. Measurement
  2. Motion Along a Straight Line
  3. Forces and Motion Along a Line
  4. Vectors
  5. Forces and Motion in Two Dimensions
  6. Combined Forces
  7. Translational Momentum
  8. Extended Systems
  9. Kinetic Energy and Work
  10. Potential Energy and the Conservation of Energy
  11. Rotation
  12. Complex Rotations


  1. Equilibrium and Elasticity
  2. Gravitation
  3. Fluids
  4. Oscillations
  5. Waves-I
  6. Waves-II
  7. Temperature, Heat Energy, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  8. The Kinetic Theory of Gases
  9. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics


  1. Electricity
  2. Electric Fields
  3. Gauss' Law
  4. Electric Potential
  5. Current and Resistance
  6. Circuits
  7. Capacitors
  8. Magnetic Fields
  9. Magnetic Fields Due to Currents
  10. Induction and Inductance
  11. Magnetism of Matter: Maxwell's Equations
  12. Electromagnetic Oscillations and Alternating Current


  1. Electromagnetic Waves
  2. Images
  3. Interference
  4. Diffraction
  5. Special Relativity


Although Understanding Physics doesn't yet have a part 5, it may be matched to
Fundamentals of Physics, Part 5 by Halliday, Resnik, and Walker.
Here are some problems on Modern Physics that may be used with that book.

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