Resources for instructors
Adopters can join an online Matter & Interactions discussion group.
What's new in the 4th edition
Here is a summary of the important changes in the 4th edition.
Resources for adopters
There are extensive instructor resources created by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood for the 4th edition of the Matter & Interactions textbook. They include:
- Annotated videos of lectures: Videos of Ruth Chabay's lectures on mechanics and Matthew Kohlmyer's lectures on E&M, with annotations. Instructors have found these useful for getting ideas and a sense of pacing. Public student versions of these videos are available on the student web site.
- Computational modeling: The computational activities have been rewritten to take advantage of the greatly increased support for computation now found in the 4th edition, including explicit instruction in how to use VPython. LaTeX files are provided to facilitate revision.
- Experiments: Experiment writeups have been improved to make them generic rather than tied to the particulars of the NCSU environment where these labs were first deployed. LaTeX files are provided to facilitate revision.
- Lecture Demo Programs: Public and private VPython programs useful as lecture demos. The public programs are available on the student web site. A convenient feature is that you can run these VPython programs in the browser at the instructor site, without installing VPython, thanks to the new GlowScript version of VPython.
- Clicker Questions: Improved versions of Powerpoint and pdf files of questions posed to students in lecture; students respond with electronic response units. Each file contains questions for one chapter, and the questions are numbered to correspond with the section of the chapter for which the question is appropriate.
- Textbook diagrams: Figures from the textbook in jpeg format, suitable for use in PowerPoint, etc.
- Test questions: organized by chapter.
- Solution manual for instructors, written by Aaron Titus and Joe Heafner. There is also a copy of the solutions manual that students can buy, with solutions for a selection of the odd-numbered problems.
A large suite of homework problems, many of them designed and coded by the authors, is available in the WebAssign online homework system.
To obtain these instructor resources, register at the instructor site, or contact Ruth Chabay or Bruce Sherwood. These materials are also available to instructors on the Resources tab of WebAssign "courses" that use the textbook.
Introducing computational modeling
The document A Brief Guide to Computational Modeling in Matter & Interactions explains how computation is incorporated into the curriculum. The well-tested resources described above are provided to make this important activity easy for instructors to manage and entirely accessible to students with no prior programming experience, using the 3D programming environment VPython. VPython is also used in upper-level physics textbooks, including these:
A Survey of Computational Physics: Introductory Computational Science Rubin H. Landau, Manual J. Paez, Cristian Bordeianu (2011)
Computational Physics with Python Mark Newman (2012)
An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Robert H. Swendsen (2012)
Equilibrium Statistical Physics With Computer Simulations in Python Leonard M. Sander (2013)
More on computational modeling activities
modeling activities from Spring 2010 at NCSU are available
in the Compadre physics collection. These writeups incorporate recent research and development carried out by Ruth Chabay and some of her Physics Education
Research graduate students on how best to teach computational modeling in the intro physics course. In this context, two of the students have created short videos to show key concepts
Textbook ordering Information
Here is information on ordering print, loose-leaf, or electronic versions of the 4th edition.