This book provides a concise, but yet comprehensive text of the key topics and concepts covered in the algebra-based introductory physics course at a comprehensive public university.

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This book (Part I and Part II) grew from the request of the author’s students to provide a concise, but yet comprehensive text of the key topics and concepts covered in his algebra-based introductory physics course at a comprehensive public university. Any scientific discipline can only be mastered if the key concepts are applied to a wide-range of problems. Physics is no exception, and this book is intended for use along with one of the existing college-physics texts, where a much greater selection of practice problems can be found.

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- Mathematical Tools
- Units
- Scalars and Vectors

- Motion in 1 -Dimension
- Displacement and Distance
- Velocity and Speed
- Acceleration
- Free Fall

- Motion in 2 Dimensions: Projectile Motion
- Dynamics: Newton’s Laws
- Newton’s Laws
- Free-Body Diagram
- Gravitational Force

- Uniform Circular Motion
- Work and Energy
- Work-Kinetic Energy
- Potential Energy
- Non-conservative forces

- Momentum
- Center of Mass
- Collisions

- Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
- Rotational Kinematics
- Mechanical Equilibrium
- Rotational Dynamics

- Oscillations
- Energy Consideration
- Motion on the Reference Circle: Simple Harmonic Motion
- Elastic Forces: Spring
- Resonance

- Fluids
- Fluids at Rest
- Fluids in Motion
- Surface Tension

- Waves
- Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
- Wave Speed
- Doppler Effect
- Interference
- Standing Waves
- Diffraction

- Thermal Physics
- Temperature and Heat
- Calorimetry
- Ideal Gas Law
- Thermodynamics