Topic 
Description 
Author 
Format 
The axis of rotation for rolling motion 
Analysing and teaching about the actual axis of rotation for a rolling object. June 2015). (524k) 
David M. Harrison 
pdf 
Ballistocardiogram 
A small application of Newton's Laws to the measurment of the acceleration
of the blood. (52k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Basal Metabolism 
A small introduction to the basal metabolism and allometry. 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Birth of Physics in the
Rennaisance 
A brief summary of the birth of physics from Bacon through Young,
from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics; the
entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here.
(152k) 
Anthony W. Key 
html 
Diffraction 
A small little document discussing some qualitative aspects of
diffraction. (200k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Electricity and Magnetism 
A brief overview of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetic waves,
from a first year physics course that uses minimal mathematics; the
entire set of materials from the course is available by clicking here.
(5k) 
Anthony W. Key 
html 
Electricity and Magnetism:
History 
A brief summary of the history of electricity and magnetism from
the Greeks through Maxwell, from a first year physics course using
minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is
available by clicking here. (131k) 
Anthony W. Key 
html 
Energy 
A brief introduction to the concept of energy. It includes a small discussion of whether the energy is real. (37k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Entropy html pdf 
Course notes from a onehour class on entropy for upperyear liberal
arts students. (44k/92k) 
David M. Harrison 
html and pdf 
The Extended
Mind 
Subtitled "Understanding Language and Thought in Terms of Complexity
and Chaos Theory", this document shows that the origins of speech
and the human mind have emerged simultaneously as the bifurcation
from percepts to concepts. (42k) 
Robert K. Logan 
html 
Flash Animations
for Physics 
An index to various Flash animations for physics. (12k). 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Hip Forces html
pdf

A small document analysing the forces acting on the hip. (89k/55k) 
David M. Harrison 
html and pdf 
Horsepower
of an Engine 
The relationship between the horsepower and torque of an engine,
focusing on car and motorcycle engines. The level is intended to be
suitable for first year Physics courses. Requires Flash 5 or better.
(316k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Inertial Frames of Reference html
pdf 
A brief summary of the concept of Inertial Frames of Reference in
Newtonian and Einsteinian Physics. (25k/35k) 
David M. Harrison 
html and pdf 
Life,
Emerging Structures, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics 
A discussion of issues of life and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Includes a section on cellular automata, and a section on sustainable
energy sources. (255k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
The MachZehnder Interferometer 
A detailed description of the phase shifts of the MachZehnder interfereometer.
(11k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Magic Through Two Millenia 
The Dept. of Physics offers a first year course with minimal mathematics,
titled The Magic of Physics. Documents from that course appear
throughout this virtual bookshelf. The link to the left gives access
to these 14 documents in a more coherent order. 
Anthony W. Key 
html 
Mirror Symmetry html
pdf 
The first section of this document discusses the fact the mirrors
apparently reverse front and back, not left and right. The rest discusses
mirror symmetry in physics and biology. The document is course notes
from an upperyear offering in modern physics without mathematics.
(399k/148k) 
David M. Harrison 
html and pdf 
Newtonian Mechanics 
A brief summary of Newtonian mechanics, from a first year physics
course that uses minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials
from the course is available by clicking here.
(5k) 
Anthony W. Key 
html 
The Poetry of
Physics 
This is a 20 chapter book on the ideas of physics, explained without
mathematics. It also examines the role of physics in shaping both
our thinking and the structure of our society. (671k in total, but
the link to the left provides an index to pairs of chapters; each
pair has a total filesize of about 66k.) 
Robert K. Logan 
html 
Polarisation 
A very brief and simple introduction to the polarisation of light.(17k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Spectra 
A very brief introduction, originally designed for upperyear liberal
arts students. (107k) 
David M. Harrison 
html 
Standing Waves html
pdf 
Vibrations on strings and drum heads, plus a brief discussion of
Fourier analysis. The document is course notes from an upperyear
liberal arts course. (189k/195k) 
David M. Harrison 
html and pdf 
Waves and Wave Motion 
A brief summary of waves, from a first year physics course using
minimal mathematics; the entire set of materials from the course is
available by clicking here. (27k) 
Anthony W. Key 
html 