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Beyond the Classroom

Open Text
Open Text 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, undergraduate classical mechanics, undergraduate quantum mechanics, and a very partial undergraduate electrodynamics text. These may be downloaded in various formats.

Baylor Physics Bowl
The Baylor Physics Bowl is a competition for local high school teams which includes a written examination, a Jeopardy-style quiz over physics concepts, and a design competition where teams must design and implement a physics experiment given a “toolbox” containing household items. Check back soon for details on the 2017 Physics Bowl Competition.

Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields. Dr. Lorin Matthews advises the Baylor chapter of this organization.