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2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
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Date: Tuesday, August 02


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Digital Textbooks: Possibilities and Perils
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:30AM
  Presider: Harold Stokes,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Why Not Make Physics Textbooks Free?
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
  Author: Justin B. Peatross, Brigham Young University
  Co-Author(s): Michael J. Ware
  Abstract: We have authored an upper-division optics textbook that is freely available at We call on physicists everywhere to join the Internet age and share their knowledge without charge. Electronic tools make it easy to produce and distribute a professional product. The small royalty from traditional publishing comes with a huge overhead that makes your work pricy for students. Why not forego it?
  Footnotes: AAPT sponsor: Harold Stokes
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The Future of the Introductory Physics Textbook
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM
  Author: Stuart Johnson, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
(978) 462-3617,
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The format of today's introductory physics textbook has been in place for over 100 years, but there are many indications that this format may be approaching the end of its useful life. This paper will explore the reasons why change is imminent and what the next generation of "textbooks" might look like.
  Footnotes: None
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