Plus Some Open Source Physics and Educator Software
The site has been around since 2000, and is a particularly good place to find free books about math, science, and computers.
If you’re looking for old books that have fallen into the public domain, you’re more likely to find what you want at Project Gutenberg.
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The originator of The Assayer is a Physicist named Ben Cowell who has done a lot more and shares it on the Web on his other website: (LightAnd Matter.com
The Light and Matter Series (www.lightandmatter.com/books.html)
This series of six books is intended for a one-year introductory course of the type typically taken by biology majors. Algebra and trig are used, and there are optional calculus-based sections.
- 1. Newtonian Physics
- 2. Conservation Laws
- 3. Vibrations and Waves
- 4. Electricity and Magnetism
- 5. Optics
- 6. The Modern Revolution in Physics
For fall 2011, he is changing the format from six volumes to two and integrating relativity into the treatment of electromagnetism.
A preview of the new version is available.
Open-source software by Ben Cowell:
- OpenGrade, open-source software for teachers to record grades
- Planet Finder – an applet that maps the stars and planets in the night sky from any location on any night
- Spotter, a symbolic answer checker for math and science students
- When, an extremely simple personal calendar program
- Clamor, Unix software for musical ear training
- Accelerando, an accelerating musical metronome
- FreeLab, open-source software for use with Vernier LoggerPro sensors
- Scope, a time- and frequency-domain software oscilloscope for unixlike operating systems
- Soundconverter, a program for converting sound files from one format to another
- Inf, a browser-based calculator that can handle infinite and infinitesimal numbers
- Ear Workout, Mac software for musical ear training
- Mac Fourier, displays the Fourier spectrum of a sound recorded through a microphone
- pmtolatex software for converting PageMaker files to LaTeX
- footex, software for converting LaTeX math markup into mathml, html, or png
- a browser-based calculator, for homebrewers, which helps you to find your beer’s specific gravity based on a measurement with a refractometer
About the Author, Ben Cowell
Ben Crowell teaches physics at Fullerton College, a community college in southern California. He is fully equipped with a PhD in physics from Yale, but more fondly remembers his undergraduate years at UC Berkeley.
His personal page is here: www.lightandmatter.com/personal