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Database of physics powerpoint slides?

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Is there any website that has a database of physics (or other course) powerpoint slide sets?

For example, I am teaching both an introductory physics class, and a separate calc-based physics class of what should be the same general material as the non-calc-based. For the former class I am using the Etkina et al book, and for the latter I am using an open access online textbook from Moebs et al. Regardless of whether these books come with powerpoint slides for the instructor to use, I'd like access to other options; obviously it'd be helpful that if such a database existed, the sets of powerpoint slides were based on the textbook of choice.
 

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Regardless of whether these books come with powerpoint slides for the instructor to use, I'd like access to other options; obviously it'd be helpful that if such a database existed, the sets of powerpoint slides were based on the textbook of choice.
Just curious. If you're looking for a set of slides based on a particular textbook, why not adapt the ones from the publisher for your course?
 
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Is there any website that has a database of physics (or other course) powerpoint slide sets?

For example, I am teaching both an introductory physics class, and a separate calc-based physics class of what should be the same general material as the non-calc-based. For the former class I am using the Etkina et al book, and for the latter I am using an open access online textbook from Moebs et al. Regardless of whether these books come with powerpoint slides for the instructor to use, I'd like access to other options; obviously it'd be helpful that if such a database existed, the sets of powerpoint slides were based on the textbook of choice.
Just curious. If you're looking for a set of slides based on a particular textbook, why not adapt the ones from the publisher for your course?
I echo @vela post. At least here in the US, once your dept. has adopted a textbook and make a deal with the publisher, you and your students will have access to not only purchasing the electronic version of the book, but also as an instructor, you get to register and gain access to (i) HW questions and solutions, (ii) suggested quizzes/exams, and (iii) pre-made PPT lecture notes.

Edit: BTW, I did a google search on "general physics lecture ppt" and found numerous websites with presentation lecture notes, a few even in ppt that you can download.

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I echo @vela post. At least here in the US, once your dept. has adopted a textbook and make a deal with the publisher, you and your students will have access to not only purchasing the electronic version of the book, but also as an instructor, you get to register and gain access to (i) HW questions and solutions, (ii) suggested quizzes/exams, and (iii) pre-made PPT lecture notes.
I always prefered my lectures to be more complementary to the book for several reasons:
1. Following the book too closely tended to convince students that they did not need to read the book.
2. Students who did read the book benefit more from a complementary perspective.
3. Most of the other resources the publisher provides to supplement the book are from a common perspective to the book.
 
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I always prefered my lectures to be more complementary to the book for several reasons:
1. Following the book too closely tended to convince students that they did not need to read the book.
2. Students who did read the book benefit more from a complementary perspective.
3. Most of the other resources the publisher provides to supplement the book are from a common perspective to the book.
I didn't say that *I* use these lecture notes wholesale. So I'm not sure why this list is necessary to me.

I have my own lecture notes for the courses that I teach. I do make use of figures and pictures that I get from the publisher's website, but 90% of my lecture notes are my own creation, and this includes the animations.

Zz.
 

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