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Open Text Project

Open Text Project
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You will find more information on the Open Text Project at our website. Please use the link below.

The Open Text Project is an ongoing project to develop complete texts for disadvantaged physics students throughout the world. The concept is similar to "open software" for computer programs, except the material is copyrighted to ensure appropriate use. There are four texts presently being developed: graduate electrodynamics ("Macroscopic Electrodynamics"), undergraduate classical mechanics ("Modern Introductory Mechanics"), undergraduate quantum mechanics ("Quantum Principles and Particles"), and a very partial undergraduate electrodynamics text. Dr. Gerald Cleaver has joined in the effort and has posted his collaborative particle physics texts, "A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics". All these may be downloaded in various formats.

We are also pleased to announce that a greatly updated and expanded version of Dr. Wilcox's undergraduate quantum mechanics text, "Quantum Principles and Particles", was published by Taylor and Francis in 2011. A second edition is now in prepared. This two-semester introductory undergraduate textbook balances simplification and rigor to provide an accessible, solid foundation in quantum mechanics. In addition, there is a revised and updated online version of the two-part mechanics text "Modern Introductory Mechanics" available at the European academic text website There you will find a complete course in undergraduate physics covering topics in classical mechanics at an intermediate level. The coverage is rigorous but concise and accessible, with an emphasis on concepts and mathematical techniques which are basic to most fields of physics. Added to this is the new graduate level text E&M "Macroscopic Electrodynamics", prepared in collaboration with Dr. Chris Thron of Texas A&M Central Texas, published in 2016 with World Scientific. This book is a comprehensive two-semester introductory graduate-level textbook on classical electrodynamics for use in physics and engineering programs.

Please note that the older versions of these texts posted here (copyrighted by Wilcox) will always be available and will not be removed from the server.