36 Physics & Astronomy


University Physics Volumes 1-3

Volume 1 concepts: mechanics, waves and acoustics

Volume 2 concepts: thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism

Volume 3 concepts: optics, modern physics

University Physics: OpenStax has been successfully adopted, was developed by professors of physics from American institutions and emphasizes the connection between application and theory.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, examples, exercises, solutions, summaries, and simulations.

May suit: PHYSICS 1A03/1AA3, 1C03/1CC3, 1D03/1E03, ISCI 1A24 and MEDRADSC 1C03.


This Lumen Learning covers all of the concepts of first-year physics with a balance of application and theory.

Includes: Problem-solving guides, examples, videos, applications, problems, selected solutions, and summaries.

May suit: PHYSICS 1A03/1AA3, 1C03/1CC3, 1D03/1E03, ISCI 1A24 and MEDRADSC 1C03.


Body Physics: Motion to Metabolism

This text covers introductory biophysics concepts, including body forces, body heat, and body composition measurement.

Includes: Summaries, exercises, solutions, applications, and examples.

May suit: BIOPHYSICS 1S03.


Astronomy: OpenStax

This astronomy text has been positively-reviewed and has been successfully adopted by other faculty. It covers introductory concepts in astronomy, from astronomical instruments to the evolution of galaxies.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, applications, summaries, exercises, solutions, and group activities.

May suit: ASTRON 1F03.

Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism and Circuits

This textbook emphasizes connections between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigour inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.

Includes: Examples, in-chapter exercises,, summaries, conceptual questions, and challenge questions. 

May suit: PHYSICS 1AA3/1CC3/1E03/2B03/2BB3.

Astronomy 2e

Astronomy 2e is written in clear non-technical language, with the occasional touch of humor and a wide range of clarifying illustrations. It has many analogies drawn from everyday life to help non-science majors appreciate, on their own terms, what our modern exploration of the universe is revealing. The book can be used for either a one-semester or two-semester introductory course.

Includes: Summaries, collaborative group activities, exercises, videos, and instructor resources (PowerPoint slides, answer guide, MC test bank and annotated astronomy lab index).

May suit: ASTRON 1F03.

Physics LibreTexts

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on physics subjects.

Includes: Supplemental modules, exercises, and ancillary materials.

Light and Matter 

A collection of open textbooks available for introductory physics.

Includes: Answer checker, discussion questions, exercises, concept tests, and instructor’s guide.

Mathematics for Biomedical Physics

The textbook is geared to introduce several mathematical topics at the rudimentary level so that students can appreciate the applications of mathematics to the interdisciplinary field of biomedical physics. Most of the topics are presented in their simplest but rigorous form so that students can easily understand the advanced form of these topics when the need arises. After mastering the topics of this book, the students would be ready to embark on quantitative thinking in various topics of biology and medicine.

Includes: Examples (with solutions), and end-of-chapter problems.

Physics 132: What is an Electron? What is Light?

A second semester introductory physics course for life sciences students that looks to deepen students’ understanding of biology and chemistry through physics all through the lens of understanding two of the most fundamental particles in the Universe: electrons and photons. The book begins with exploring the quantum mechanical nature of these objects to expand on what students have learned in chemistry and then proceeds to geometric optics (using the human eye as a theme), electrostatics (using membrane potentials), circuits (using the neuron), and finally synthesizing everything in a unit exploring the meaning of “light is an electromagnetic wave.”

Includes: Flashcards on Quizlet, homework problems, videos, examples (with solutions), and section summaries.

May suit: PHYSICS 1AA3.


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