Books by David Morin

Lecturer on Physics
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Harvard University Physics Department

The KINDLE VERSIONS of the top three books below are PRINT REPLICA (instead of the old poor quality wrapping-text versions, which ruined the formatting). These new versions look exactly the same as the paperbacks. They're basically pdfs in kindle form. You can read them on your computer with the free kindle app.

If you are buying a large number (say, at least 10) of any of the top three books on this page, just email me and I can give you a discount code for the eStore (Relativity, Probability, Mechanics).

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Special Relativity - For the Enthusiastic Beginner (David Morin)

Self-published (so that I could keep the price low) through CreateSpace, 2017, 250 pages.
Intended audience: College or advanced high school.
Buy online (Amazon)
Paperback: $19.95
Kindle eBook (print replica):
$6.95 (or free if you buy the paperback from Amazon.com in the US).

Back cover (concise description of book)
Preface
Table of contents
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications
Sample material:
   Chapter 1 (Time dilation, length contraction, etc.)
   Appendix A (Qualitative relativity questions/answers)

This book is a revised and expanded version of the last four chapters in my Introduction to Classical Mechanics, with Problems and Solutions textbook. A great deal of additional commentary has been included in order to make the book accessible to a wider audience.

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Probability - For the Enthusiastic Beginner (David Morin)

Self-published (so that I could keep the price low) through CreateSpace, 2016, 370 pages.
Intended audience: College or advanced high school.
Buy online (Amazon)
Paperback: $19.95
Kindle eBook (print replica):
$6.95 (or free if you buy the paperback from Amazon.com in the US).

Back cover (concise description of book)
Preface
Table of contents
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications
Sample chapters:
   Chap2 (Probability)
   Chap4 (Distributions)

A set of exercises suitable for homework problems is located here: Exercises. The later chapters don't have as many, but more will be added in the future.

Note 1: Although my other books deal with physics, there is no physics in this book. It's just a fun introduction to probability.
Note 2: Calculus isn't a prerequisite, although a few of the problems do involve calculus. These are marked clearly.
Note 3: This book is between two and three times as long as the draft version I've had posted on this webpage for many years. So there's a huge amount of new material.

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Problems and Solutions in Introductory Mechanics (David Morin)

Self-published (so that I could keep the price low) through CreateSpace, 2014, 350 pages.
Intended audience: High-school AP or college freshmen.
Buy online (Amazon)
Paperback: $15.95
Kindle eBook (print replica):
$5.95 (or free if you buy the paperback from Amazon.com in the US).

Back cover (concise description of book)
Preface
Table of contents
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications
Sample chapters:
   Chap1 (Problem-solving strategies)
   Chap2 (Kinematics in 1-D)
   Chap3 (Kinematics in 2-D (and 3-D))
   Chap4 (F=ma)

Note 1: I generated the book's material during the dozen times I've taught Harvard's introductory mechanics course (Physics 15a).
Note 2
: 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 3: This book (the blue book) is written for a more general audience than Introduction to Classical Mechanics (the red book below). The blue-book problems are similar to the one-star and two-star problems in the red book. The red book contains many harder problems and more advanced topics. The blue book can be viewed as a stepping stone to the red book.

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

Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Intended audience: Honors college freshmen or upper-level college.
Preface (describes the changes and additions I have made)
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications
Instructor support
Google books
Q&A in Physics Today online
Buy online (Amazon)
Note: If you are reading an electronic pdf version of this book, it is an illegal pirated file. If you find it useful/enjoyable, please consider buying the actual book, which is very reasonably priced.

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Introduction to Classical Mechanics (David Morin)

Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Intended audience: Honors college freshmen or upper-level college.
Description of the book
Corrections/typos/errata/clarifications
Sample chapters (pdf draft versions):
   Contents/Preface
   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)
Note: If you are reading an electronic pdf version of this book, it is an illegal pirated file. If you find it useful/enjoyable, please consider buying the actual book, which is extremely reasonably priced.
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:

Waves:

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.

Contact: morin@physics.harvard.edu

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