Second generation:

Thomson Learning

1.                   Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on Introductory Physics I.

196 pp. with illustrations,

Thomson Learning.

ISBN 0759345120 , 2004.

2.                   Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on Introductory Physics II.

181 pp. with illustrations.

Thomson Learning.

ISBN 075934583x,  2004.

3.                   Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on General Physics I.

(Calculus Based Course).

257 pp. with illustrations.

 Thomson Learning.

ISBN 0-759-35047-7, 2005.

4.                   Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on General Physics II.

(Calculus Based Course).

237 pp. with illustrations.

 Thomson Learning.

ISBN 0-759-36060-X, 2005.

1a.    Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on Introductory Physics I.


        249 pp. with illustrations,

        Thomson Learning.

        ISBN 1426625596 , 2007.


2a. Mikhail M. Agrest.

Lectures on Introductory Physics II.


252 pp. with illustrations.

Thomson Learning., 2006.

         ISBN 0-759-39304-4,

  • Each book is a hard copy of the Power Point Presentation of the lectures.
  • It is not a Textbook, but a supplement for teachers and students to use during the lectures.
  • It saves time during the lecture
  • Helps students to make complete lecture notes.
  • Keeps students alert during the lecture without taking all the attention to making notes.
  • Designed for regular students, this tool is especially helpful for students with Learning Disability, particularly with Dyslexia



Raymond A. Serway

Author and Professor Emeritus


This letter is being written on behalf of Prof. Mikhail Agrest. I met Prof. Agrest at an AAPT Meeting in Miami, Florida and at that time he introduced me to his work on Power Point presentations in introductory physics. I was favorably impressed by his work and its potential to improve communications between the instructor and student. I introduced him to my senior editor, who also recognized the need for

such materials, and my publisher, Thomson Learning, subsequently published his work in a series of four books.


His work will benefit those instructors who prefer to use Power Point presentations in the classroom, and should be especially useful for individuals who do not have the time to prepare such support materials.


Respectfully submitted,


Raymond A. Serway

Author and Professor Emeritus

October 12, 2005

J. Fred Watts,

Distinguished Professor

Physics and Astronomy Department.

College of Charleston


When I last taught Calculus Based Physics (Spring 2003), I used Mikhail Agrest's Lectures on Physics 202 and found it very useful. It allowed my students to listen to what I was saying and follow the derivations from the overheads without having to spend the time and effort to write them in their notebooks. This freed more class time for discussions and problem solving. I found it to be a valuable timesaver for the students and myself.

April 2, 2004

John L. Safko
Distinguished Professor, Emeritus

   Director of the Astronomy Program, USC


I have examined the initial draft of the supplementary material that Dr. Agrest proposes develop for his introductory physics courses. He is working on the problems that I discovered existed in the late 1960's in my introductory astronomy courses. That is, students often take poor notes and are so busy taking these notes that they to not learn from the lecture. I found that providing notes helped with student retention (both physical an mental) and improved the scores on my exams. Additional material must be provide during the lecture and clearly identified as such.

Mikhail proposes developing material that could be transported for use by other teachers He wants to make both a copy with additional problems and solutions and supplementary material (transparencies/PowerPoint Presentation) for the teacher. I believe this would be a worthwhile endeavor and, if properly made, useful for other instructors. His proposed examples take examples that students can relate to their own experiences outside of the physics classroom

My development of astronomy material could go in a different direction than Mikhail since my astronomy courses are much less mathematically intensive than introductory physics courses. I believe there are faculty who would and could make use of such a set of materials. It could be tied to a particular text or developed with a stand-alone approach.

I encourage your consideration and support of his proposal.

May 8, 2001

Saul J. Adelman


Physics Department

The Citadel


… Mikhail M. Agrest [who] is a dedicated teacher at the College of Charleston.  For many years he has been working on a supplement book for his Introductory Physics course.  His approach to rigorous problem solving is his adaptation of the "Russian" school of physics techniques to an American college audience.  As a undergraduate senior and as a graduate student, I personally found consulting texts from

this school to be extremely useful in learning problem solving.  Although it is contrary to many contemporary trends in college teaching, this more classical approach satisfies a significant audience who are looking for a more structured treatment of physics.  It may lead some into scientific careers.

Those students, who major in physics and related fields and benefit from it, will more readily find their way into graduate school where the academic standards have changed far less in recent years than undergraduate education.

Many professors find such books useful as references.

November 01, 2001

The Physics Teacher

 (Vol. 44, page 254, April 2006),


The American Association of the Physics Teachers Journal

Speaks about this book in the  Micro-Reviews by the Book Review Editor


 Lectures on Introductory Physics I & II, by Mikhail M. Agrest,

 published by Thomson Custom Publishing, Mason, OH (2004), paperback.


Not a textbook, but an excellent aid to students

who have difficulty with taking notes in class,

who have not yet mastered the art of determining what is essential,

and for those who are thwarted from asking questions because they are writing down too much.                                 D0I:10.1119/1.2186248


John L. Hubisz, Past AAPT President, Column Editor


Department of Physics, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8202;










First generation  of my books with Tavenner Publishing Company


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