Physics Essay

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Introductory Physics I
Elementary Mechanics


Robert G. Brown
Duke University Physics Department
Durham, NC 27708-0305 Copyright Notice
Copyright Robert G. Brown 1993, 2007, 2013

This physics textbook is designed to support my personal teaching activities at Duke University, in particular teaching its Physics 141/142, 151/152, or 161/162 series (Introductory Physics for life science majors, engineers, or potential physics majors, respectively). It is freely available in its entirety in a downloadable PDF form or to be read online at:∼rgb/Class/intro physics 1.php
It is also available in an inexpensive (really!) print version via Lulu press here:
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Expect them to change with little warning or announcement as I add content or correct errors. Purchasers of the paper version should be aware of its probable imperfection and be prepared to either live with it or mark up their copy with corrections or additions as need be. The latest (and hopefully most complete and correct) version is always available for free online anyway, and people who have paid for a paper copy are especially welcome to access and retrieve it.
I cherish good-hearted communication from students or other instructors pointing out errors or suggesting new content (and have in the past done my best to implement many such corrections or suggestions). Books by Robert G. Brown
Physics Textbooks
• Introductory Physics I and II
A lecture note style textbook series intended to support the teaching of introductory physics, with calculus, at a level suitable for Duke undergraduates.
• Classical Electrodynamics
A lecture note style textbook intended to support the second semester (primarily the dynamical portion, little statics covered) of a two semester course of graduate Classical Electrodynamics.

Computing Books
• How to Engineer a Beowulf Cluster
An online classic for years, this is the print version of the famous free online book on

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