Books by David Morin:

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Problems and Solutions in Introductory Mechanics (David Morin)

(Self-published through CreateSpace, August 2014, 352 pages)
Price: $14.95 for paperback (now available on Amazon), $6.95 for Kindle eBook (I'm told it will be available by 9/3 - a little later than I thought, but the first four chapters are viewable below, so students can get started with those during the first week of classes.)
Back cover
Table of contents
Sample chapters:
   Chap1 (Problem-solving strategies)
   Chap2 (Kinematics in 1-D)
   Chap3 (Kinematics in 2-D (and 3-D))
   Chap4 (F=ma)
Note 1: While the book is calculus-based, it can also easily be used in algebra-based courses. The problems that require calculus (only a sixth of the total number) are listed in an appendix, allowing students to steer clear of those if they wish.
Note 2: The book is available only through Amazon (the parent company of CreateSpace). My goal is to keep the cost as low as possible, and other distribution channels would necessarily involve raising the price.

Electricity and Magnetism cover

Electricity and Magnetism, 3rd edition (Edward Purcell and David Morin)

(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Preface (describes the changes and additions I have made)
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications (pdf)
Instructor support
Google books
Q&A in Physics Today online
Buy online (Amazon)
(Cambridge University Press)

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Introduction to Classical Mechanics (David Morin)

(Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Description of the book
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications (pdf)
Sample chapters (pdf draft versions):
   Chap1 (Strategies for solving problems)
   Chap6 (The Lagrangian method)
   Chap11 (Relativity - kinematics)
Index to limericks, by first line
Instructor support via Cambridge University Press website (solutions, exam/desk copies, etc.)
Google books
Buy online (Amazon)
Additional material: Version 2 of Chapter 15 on Hamiltonian Mechanics is posted. (Section titles: Energy, Hamilton's equations, Legendre transforms, Three more derivations, Phase space and Liouville's theorem.) It has the same text as Version 1 but contains some new problems and exercises.

Other works in progress:


On the math side of things, an introduction to combinatorics and probability is located here (Version 4, August 30, 2009). This file contains the first three chapters (plus some appendices) of a potential book on Probability and Statistics. It does not assume knowledge of calculus. The first three chapters are titled "Combinatorics," "Probability," and "Distributions." And Appendix B gives a nice little introduction to the natural logarithm, e.


The following files are a beginning draft of a Waves book designed for college sophomores. The Fourier and Interference chapters are a little more polished than the others. There will certainly be typos and things that I will change, but there's a lot of nice material here as it stands. There will also eventually be chapters on optics and water waves.
   1. Oscillations
   2. Normal modes
   3. Fourier analysis
   4. Transverse waves
   5. Longitudinal waves
   6. Dispersion
   7. 2D waves and other topics
   8. Electromagnetic waves
   9. Interference and diffraction
   10. Intro to Quantum Mechanics

Additional material:

Problem of the week: A set of (very hefty) problems, some of which appear in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics," is located here.

Limericks: Many of the limericks in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics," along with ones on other topics, can be found with annotation here.

More humor: If you like the limericks, here's some more physics humor.


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