Monday, December 26, 2011

Honors Physics Essentials Only $12.95!

Happy Holidays!

clip_image002I am thrilled to announce the release of Honors Physics Essentials, an algebra-based physics book designed to assist beginning physics students in their high school and introductory college physics courses as an invaluable supplemental resource in class as well as a review guide for standardized physics assessments such as the SAT Subject Test in Physics, PRAXIS Physics, and CST Physics exams.  You can find it online at for only $12.95.

Honors Physics Essentials is an easy-to-read guide to algebra-based introductory physics, featuring more than 500 worked-out problems with full solutions and covering topics such as: kinematics, dynamics, momentum, impulse, gravity, uniform circular motion, rotational kinematics, work, energy, power, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, microelectronics, waves, sound, optics, thermal physics, fluids, and modern physics.

The 384-page 6”x9” paperback book is integrated with the website, which includes online question and answer forums, videos, animations, and supplemental problems to help students master Honors Physics Essentials.  You can find more information at  Volume discounts and e-book versions are available, as are class and site licenses for electronic versions starting as low as $3 per student.

I have so many people to thank for their contributions to this endeavor that I hardly know where to begin.  First, I'd like to thank all the fans of the first book, Regents Physics Essentials (RPE), and fans of the APlusPhysics website.  It was your requests, feedback, and encouragement that prompted the writing of this book.  Following the release of RPE, reader response was tremendous, and your requests for a similar book extending beyond the scope of the NY Regents Curriculum that could be used in physics classrooms across the country as well as for standardized test preparation made the development of this book a personal necessity.

Second, I must thank my two outstanding editors, Jeff Guercio and Joe Kunz, who graciously took many hours out of their busy lives to help make this book (and Regents Physics Essentials) clear, concise, and readable.  I'd also like to thank my student Emily, who first proposed turning our course notes into a review book, and Andrew, who reinforced that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.  I'd also like to thank Muse, whose enthusiasm for this book has been contagious.

Last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank all the teachers and professors who contributed to this endeavor.  In attempting to write a physics book that would serve the needs of Honors Physics students across the country (and beyond), the input of these teachers and professors has been instrumental in tailoring this book to the needs of a majority of students, while at the same time keeping the length (and cost) low enough to remain attractive to its intended audience.

I've enjoyed working on this project throughout the past two years, but as in any extended project, I'm breathing a sigh of relief to have reached the finish line (at least for now).  I hope you find the APlusPhysics website and family of resources a useful tool in your study / instruction of physics, and I look forward to growing our online learning community in the coming years.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, and best wishes on an amazing 2012!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

APlusPhysics Android App Released!

The first version of the APlusPhysics application for Google’s Android OS has been released and is available for free download from is a website dedicated to providing users with review materials and real-life applications of physics. The complexity of topics ranges from NYS Regents level physics to AP-C Physics (Mechanics and E&M). This app displays all recent blog posts and podcasts published on The user can read blog posts and stream or download podcasts. Downloaded podcasts must be stored in the SD card present in the phone.

In addition, an easy-to-read list of constants can be viewed that includes all constants used in Regents and AP-C Physics. Clicking a constant displays the name of that constant.

I am extremely open to feature requests. Let me know!

Package: com.kking.apphysics

Screenshots of the application in action have been released:

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Special thanks to developer Kevin King for his terrific work on this project!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nobel Laureate to Speak at UB! Free!

Dr. William D. Phillips, who was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, will be presenting the 16th Annual Rustgi Lecture "Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe" on Friday April 23 in 225 Natural Sciences Complex on the UB Amherst Campus at 5 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be at a level that can be understood by high school students and anyone interested in science and technology. Dr. Phillips is well known for the spectacular lecture demonstrations that he presents with his public lectures.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Science Club Meeting

Xtreme Science Club will meet on Wednesday, 2/10, at 3:10 p.m. in Mr. Wagner's Room at the high school (Room 3010).  Thanks!