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Old Aug 19th 2019, 06:27 PM   #1
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Best resource for introductory physics

Hello, my college background is in mathematics, with some physics. I will be working with someone who will be learning college level physics in about 6 months. I would like to help them get a head start. I am looking for a source either a work book or training video which could introduce someone to basic concepts in physics like Mass, Momentum, Inertia etc. It would be nice if there was such a resource which introduced these topics with little, minimum or no mathematics if possible. Does anyone know of such a resource?
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Old Aug 19th 2019, 10:10 PM   #2
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Yes ... the internet !!

The worst way to learn is to get a book , or go to a collage and plow through from start to finish in the way it's laid out ... Most of it won't stick ....

The way forward is to have Questions! ... be guided by your Questions ... if you have none do something else ....

Google search is your best friend ... and Youtube.
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Old Aug 20th 2019, 02:08 AM   #3
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There are some excellent YouTube tutorials
There are also some less than excellent YouTube tutorials.

This is where we need kiwiheretic
A member who hasn't posted for some time
but who seemed to be able to find the better Tutorials.
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Old Aug 20th 2019, 03:22 AM   #4
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Good question...

Everyone learns in different ways, so it's really down to you how to find an effective way for your student to learn.

The internet is great for personal study, but it's terrible as a teaching resource for teachers. For effective teaching you need to provide complete, concise, compact and clear information on physics theorems for your student. The internet can provide you a lot of information, but you'll have to arrange all of the information yourself into a form that your student can digest at their skill level.

If you're teaching somebody else, you also need to give them physics problems. Personally, I think the A-level revision guides are good sources of physics problems, which will lead nicely to college-level physics. They are also relatively cheap.

For example:

This is a booklet designed for UK physics courses for students typically aged between 15-18. I'm sure you'll be able to find US equivalents. I have used resources like these in the past to successfully get physics students to university.

If you only want online resources, then I can recommend the following two websites for general physics and engineering information:


But these websites are geared towards reference material rather than teaching.

If you use YouTube, be careful... some of the videos are downright terrible.

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Old Aug 20th 2019, 08:34 AM   #5
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Hello Galois...

My goal (years ago) was to write a path of examples that would explain
and connect HS physics (insufficient math) and Calc (too much exteraneous math)
with beginning mechanical engineering (necessary math but no more).

At my site, Thermo Spoken Here!, are posted about 250 problems with premise, solution and discussion.

Four examples, "beginning level" are...
Pharaoh's Engineers | THERMO Spoken Here!

GOD Lifted Earth I | THERMO Spoken Here!

Otto Von Guernike | THERMO Spoken Here!

Bungee Jumper | THERMO Spoken Here!

So, I invite you to look at the site. Since you have six months lead time, perhaps I might help. I can answer questions.

Good luck with your studies... JP
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Old Aug 20th 2019, 09:24 AM   #6
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Is it not possible to contact the college where this individual is due to attend
and ask them if they have any recommended reading lists?
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