When I click on the links for the notes I get a message asking me what program I want to use to open the file. What should I answer?
You probably just tried to open a "pdf" file, which means you need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer (a free program that lets you read these files on any computer). It is available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html .
Why do some of the pages of notes never seem to open?
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Because of the file size and your internet speed, some notes may take a while to appear. If you doubt whether the file is actually going to appear, I suggest you try right clicking on the file to "Save target as..." and save it to your desktop. Try to open it from there to view it. If you still have trouble viewing the file, please email me at email@example.com
Do I need to worry about viruses in these files?
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No. It is almost impossible to transfer a virus through "pdf" (Adobe Acrobat) files. As always, it is advisable that you have your own virus checker installed on your computer for your own safety.
Why do you use "pdf" (adobe Acrobat) files for a lot of the notes?
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A few reasons.
1. Everyone, regardless of their computer type, age, make, etc. can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
2. Size. Reader files are considerably smaller when it comes to graphics, pictures, and the like, which decreases your download time.
3. It easier for me to focus on one file type rather than trying to support all the programs everyone is using.
What's all this copyright stuff? Does it matter to me?
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The copyrights are there because I've put a lot of personal time and effort into these notes. Anyone is free to use them, as long as they don't take credit for them, try to make money off of them, stuff like that. The licence that I've released my notes under is Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/); please look there for specific details. If you have any further questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a teacher... can I use your notes with my class?
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Yes! All notes on my site are released under a "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License" (visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ for details).
I would ask you to take note of a few things...
1. Obey the license.
2. Let your students know about my website.
3. Don't use the notes to build your own website.
You may also consider making a contribution to the website to help me offset the costs. Please contact me at email@example.com with any further questions you may have.
Some of the formulas or symbols in the notes look funny, or don't appear at all. Do I need a special font for this?
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You are probably trying to look at the notes with an old version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You need to download and install the latest version by clicking on the links on my webpages, or by visiting http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
How do you download and save notes or files so you can look at them later?
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It depends on the browser you're using. Try a right mouse click on the file you want and then choose "Save file as...". I am also starting to make some of the notes available as zipped packs to be downloaded.
Can we use your website as a source in school projects
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My website can be used for whatever you need. Please keep in mind, that like any resource, you would need to refer to the website in your bibliography.
Where can I find the questions assigned for homework as indicated at the end of each set of notes.
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The homework questions that are found at the end of most of my notes are referring to the Pearson Physics (2009) textbook used in Alberta. It is currently listed as unavailable on Amazon (amzn.to/X5vc1c). You will need to be a physics student enrolled in a school based program in either Alberta or the NWT to have access to this book.
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