My main line of work for most of my adult life has been teaching science and math at various levels. Below is a collection of worksheets, study guides, etc., that I've developed. Some of it's based pretty closely on the work of others but most of it is more or less original.
Most files are presented in PDF and OpenDocument formats (ODT, ODS, ODP, and ODG). I normally use OpenOffice, not MS Office. If you're interested in working with the editable files, see the format info at the bottom for details.
Lastly, note that these files are the work of me, Steve Stonebraker. I haven't put copyright notices or Creative Commons licenses inside the files themselves, so please read the licensing info at the bottom of the page before doing anything with them.
- Drawing object catalog
Whenever I have to make a new object with my word processor's drawing tools, I save the parts here for easy access later. It has all sorts of good stuff in it for a math or science class including blank graphs, small offset markers that can be placed directly on gridpoints, a properly-shaped parabola (NOT just a Bezier that looks close), rulers, cars, even a climatogram made with connector lines that will adjust to whatever temperatures you drag the points to. One page has a bunch of (free) clipart on it, but most of these things I drew myself. I'm especially proud of the pointy finger and fist. The PDF version obviously won't be very useful but it will at least let you see if you like the pictures before installing OpenOffice to use the ODG file.
High school level material:
- Algebra 2 - Materials for Algebra 2 students in grades 10-12.
- Physics - Materials for physics students in grades 11-12, Algebra-based only (no Calculus). This is not AP-caliber stuff for the most part.
- Physical Science - Materials for a 9th-grade general science course covering physics, chemistry, and earth science. Some of the files in the OGT area might be useful, too.
- OGT Science - Materials originally designed for tutoring and self-study to pass the Ohio Graduation Test in science. Although the OGT is being phased out, I imagine many of these files will remain helpful to students/teachers preparing for any standardized tests on high school science.
College level material:
- Intro physics E&M summary
This 16-page document summarizes a Calc-based freshman physics course covering electricity and magnetism, including DC circuits. It was written with the goal of emphasizing the many parallels and conceptual similarities to be found in different parts of classical electrodynamics. Although there are no example problems, it does cover all the relevant formulas (including Gauss' Law and Ampere's Law) and explain how and why you might apply them. Its based on a final exam study guide I first wrote for students at Ohio State who were taking a special physics sequence for the Freshmen Engineering Honors program. Those were some of the best teaching experiences of my life!
Notes on file formats:
- I create nearly all my materials in the OpenOffice suite, which is free and open source, so they are saved in version 1.2 of the OpenDocument format. If you want to edit them I strongly recommend using OpenOffice to do it. Microsoft Word can open the files, but depending on your version of Word they may be essentially useless. For example, when I try it in Word 2010, it says my ODTs are "corrupt" and then offers to "recover" some of the data. It gets the text mostly right, but the drawings are completely wrecked, and they're the most time-consuming part to make!
- My text documents are mostly written using a font called "Korinna BT". It seems to be pretty widely available if you search for it. If you don't have/want it, you may need to massage the formatting and spacing to make things look right.
These works by Steve Stonebraker are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.camphortree.net/teaching.
Further, I grant to individual teachers and tutors the right to do the following without adhering to the "Attribution" or "ShareAlike" clauses of the Creative Commons license:
- modify the files to suit their needs or the needs of their students.
- distribute to their students the original files OR modified files in hardcopy or electronically.
In plain language: the "spirit" of my licensing is that I want teachers and students to have unhindered access to my files for the direct purpose of teaching / learning. If a teacher wants to use my work with their students as-is or after tweaking, they can do so without needing to attribute me as the author or restate the license. However, if a teacher wants to distribute my work (as-is or tweaked) to any audiences beyond their own students, such as other teachers, then I do expect all of the Creative Commons clauses to be followed.