books > Instructor's Materials

Resouces available publicly

  • Books in digital form. All the books are available for free from this web site in digital form.
  • Answer checker. Certain problems in the book have check marks. A student who has found a numerical or symbolic answer and wants to see if it is correct can use the answer checker through the web page.
  • Discussion questions. These are conceptual questions sprinkled throughout the book, which are meant to be a springboard for active learning in the classroom.
  • Exercises. In the back of each book is a set of group exercises. Some of these are paper and pencil activities, while others are miniature labs.
  • Lab manual. My lab manual is available here.
  • Instructor's Guide for Light and Matter. Download.
  • Conceptests. These are multiple-choice conceptual questions on physics for use in fostering small-group discussion, using the method described in Eric Mazur's book Peer Instruction. Download. Source code
  • Supplementary video on musical consonance and dissonance

Resouces available to instructors only

The other resources listed below can be downloaded from this web site, but the files are encrypted, so you'll need to get a password from me in order to decrypt them. The files are supplied in Adobe Reader and LaTeX formats. There are three requirements if you want to obtain the password:

  1. You must be at an accredited bricks-and-mortar (not internet-based) school. Sorry, but I don't provide these materials to homeschoolers.
  2. You must have have adopted the book as a required text for your course. Your email should tell me which book it is, tell me the course's title or course number, and state that the book is adopted and required for that course. Since I don't make any profit from sales of the books, I do not provide the instructors' materials before adoption in order to try to convince you to adopt; you must have already adopted the book before I send you the materials.
  3. I must be able to verify your e-mail address from the school's web page (send me the URL). (If that's not possible, an alternative is to give me the URL of a page on the school's web site giving the email address of your department dean or school principal; I will then send the password to that person for forwarding to you.)

If you're e-mailing me to ask for the password, please make sure that your email deals with all three requirements above.

Homework solutions. These may be useful to refer to when grading homework, and they they also address some of the common mistakes and conceptual problems students have. I give my students hardcopies of the relevant solutions after they turn in each homework assignment, and you are welcome to do the same, provided that you make it clear to your students that sharing these solutions with anyone else is an act of academic dishonesty. It contains the entire solutions manual in Adobe Reader and LaTeX formats.

Reading quizzes. A hallmark of successful active learning techniques is the use of reading quizzes to convince the students to read the book before coming to class. This frees the instructor from having to spend the entire class inroducing all the material from scratch. I have developed a complete set of short multiple-choice quizzes that correspond to the chapters of the book. (The version of the quizzes that I distribute omits a total of three questions I use with my own classes that are taken from Eric Mazur's excellent book Peer Instruction: A User's Manual. I highly recommend this book.)

Exam questions. I've developed a set of about 200 exam questions, which are similar in style to the homework problems in the book, i.e., they require a mixture of mathematical problem solving and conceptual answers. If you wish to use these with your own classes, you must agree not to redistribute them digitally or on paper. No redistribution on paper means that your students must not be allowed to take the exam home, i.e., when you hand back the exams, you can give your students enough time to review their scores and your comments, but you must then get all the exams back from them before they leave. (As with the quizzes, I recommend Mazur's book as a supplementary source of questions.)

How to view an encrypted PDF file

Just open the file in the normal way, using an application such as Adobe Reader or Evince. It will demand the password from you.

How to get the files in editable format

The following instructions are written for Linux and MacOS X users. It should be possible to do the same thing using Windows, but I don't use Windows so I don't know how.

Download and install the appropriate version of the free GPG cryptography program for your operating system. For Debian-derived versions of Linux such as Ubuntu, just do an "apt-get install gnupg." For MacOS, go to the web page above and follow the links under "Binaries."

Open a terminal window, and do this:

    gpg <lm_solutions_encrypted >lm_solutions.tar.gz
    gpg <lm_quizzes_encrypted >lm_quizzes.tar.gz
Enter the password I've given you when GPG asks for it. After decryption, unpack the file in the usual way (e.g., tar -zxf lm_solutions.tar.gz).