Books by David Morin

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

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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, 352 pages.
Intended audience: High-school AP or college freshmen.
Buy online (Amazon)
Paperback: $15.95

Kindle eBook:
$5.95 (or free if you buy the paperback). Unfortunately, Kindle's wrapping text ruins the formatting. I therefore recommend the paperback, which looks much nicer and is much easier to read. You can add on the Kindle version for free. If you do buy the Kindle version and read it on your computer with the (free) Kindle app, I recommend using the "Aa" button to adjust the font size and words per line until the formatting vaguely resembles the formatting in the sample pdf files below.

Back cover (concise description of book)
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: 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)
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
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)
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:


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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