The Feynman Lectures on Physics was based on a two-year introductory physics course that Richard Feynman taught at Caltech from 1961 to 1963; it was published in three volumes during the years 1963 to 1965, and used as the introductory physics textbook at Caltech for nearly two decades. However, Feynman's original students had no textbook, and their only written guidance came from materials that were created "on the fly" by Robert Leighton, Matthew Sands, graduate students, and others. They were mimeographed and handed out in recitation sections and labs. These materials included lecture summaries and outlines, lab guidelines, descriptions of experiments, homework assignments, exams, and quizzes. Among Feynman's students was Dennis Oberg, who kept his course handouts all these many years, and generously allowed The Feynman Lectures Website to copy them so that we can present them here, with Caltech's permission, as historical documentation of Feynman's original undergraduate physics course.
Background photo: Richard Feynman and students enjoying "Coffee Hour" at Winett Student Center, Caltech, 1964. Dennis Oberg is the tall student with the big smile.
When you open this application the window is divided into two areas separated by a grey bar with tabs on it labeled Folders, Pages, Settings, and Help. The grey bar can be dragged to change the relative sizes of the two areas. One of the areas (top or left) has a green background: this is where the handouts will appear. What's visible in the area on the other side of the bar depends on which tab is selected. When the application opens the Folders tab is selected. (Currently Help is selected.)
The Folders tab displays the names of folders, which are sets of related handout pages. There are folders for each of the three parts of the originl 2-year course, lectures, recitaton sections and labs, futher divided according to which year the handouts were given out, first or second. Clicking on a folder's name loads an instance of the FLP Image Viewer displaying the folder's pages, and opens the Pages tab. For more information about the FLP Image Viewer please see the FLP Image Viewer Help page.
The Pages tab displays the titles of all the handouts in the currently selected folder. Each handout consists of 1 to 14 pages. The title of the folder appears at the top of the tab in red, and near it are two controls:
The Goto/Add/Remove radio buttons determine what happens when you click on one of the handout titles. If Goto is selected, clicking on a handout title displays the first page of the handout in FLP Image Viewer Single-Image mode. If Add is selected, it adds all the pages of the handout to the FLP Image Viewer Multi-Image mode. If Remove is selected then it removes any or all of it's pages from the FLP Image Viewer Multi-Image mode.
The Details checkbox toggles the display of detailed information about the handouts, currently including the number of pages they include and their original publication dates.
The Settings tab gives you control over various aspects of the presentation:
The Orientation setting (available only in desktop browsers) lets you choose whether the grey bar divides the window vertically (portrait mode), horizontally (landscape mode), or responsively (the larger dimension is divided), which is the default.
The Font Size setting lets you choose between 3 font sizes: Small (16px), Medium (20px) or Large (24px); it defaults to Small.
The Single Column setting determines whether the handout titles on the Pages tab are arrayed in a single vertical column, or in multiple columns.
The Dark Mode option provides a styling intended to improve viewing in low ambient light conditions.
Finally, the Help tab includes this help text. We hope you find it helpful! If you have questions, comments or complaints about this application, please email the author, Michael Gottlieb at email@example.com.