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Newtonian Physics

This text written by Benjamin Crowell is the first textbook in a series of books about physics. It is geared towards students who haven't learned calculus or are learning calculus through physics courses. The text covers Newtonian physics, conservation laws, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and the modern revolution in physics.

Conceptual Physics

This text written by Benjamin Crowell is for nonmathematical physics students and gives an overview of a typical, semester-length course students would take.

The Restless Universe

"The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond." (openlearn)

College Physics

"College Physics meets standard scope and sequence requirements for a two-semester introductory algebra-based physics course. The text is grounded in real-world examples to help students grasp fundamental physics concepts. It requires knowledge of algebra and some trigonometry, but not calculus." (openstax)

The Adventure of Physics Vol. I: Fall, Flow, and Heat

The Adventure of Physics series written by Christoph Schiller includes six books all around different aspects of physics. The first volume int he series, "Fall, Flow, and Heat" helps interested persons to understand nature and motion. The text focuses on concepts and keeps mathematics to a minimum.

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