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We often frame our understanding of what the space telescope will do in terms of what we expect to find, and actually it would be terribly anticlimactic if in fact we find what we expect to find. ... The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined. --John N. Bahcall, on the Hubble Space Telescope's capabilities for the advancement of science, quoted in his obituary at CalTech (7 September 2005)


 
Textbook: Calculus-Based Physics

Author: Jeffrey W. Schnick
Textbook URL: http://www.anselm.edu/internet/physics/cbphysics/index.html
Reviewer: Dr. Mei-Ling Shek, Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University

*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This is a basic text covering the essential topics in a coversational, engaging style. I would recommend this book to be used for the first semester of a first-year physics course. While this is best suited for students who are taking calculus concurrently, basic ideas in calculus are also covered for the students who have less mathematical background.

 
Textbook: Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection

Author: Dr. Sarma V. Pisupati
Textbook URL: http://www.e-education.psu.edu/egee102
Reviewer: Dr. Mei-Ling Shek, Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University

*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this online textbook for first-year community college students. The material is well organized, and presented with superb illustrations and animations, as well as creative demonstrations. There are numerous questions and exercises that encourage students to actively participate in the learning process. This text covers topics in energy resources and environment, and energy conservation methods most relevant to the residential and commercial sectors.

 
Textbook: People's Physics Book - Basic


Author(s): CK-12 Foundation - original authors - James H. Dann and James J. Dann
Textbook URL: http://www.ck12.org/book/Peoples-Physics-Book-Basic/
Reviewer: Erik N. Christensen, Professor of Physics, South Florida Community College

*Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0. Reviewer's Comments
I not only recommend this book, but plan to adopt it for my classes. The beauty of this book lies in its brevity with completeness. It was written with the intention that it would be a component of an overall strategy of developing both conceptual and mathematical understanding of the principles of physics. When supplemented with in-class discussion, laboratories, and problem-solving sessions, this would be ideal textbook in an active peer-learning classroom for non-science majors. This CK-12 Flexbook is modular, which enables any instructor to customize it for their classes.