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Name: Physics: An Introduction
ID: m42092
Language: English (en)
  • Explain the difference between a principle and a law.
  • Explain the difference between a model and a theory.
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords: Classical physics, Law, Model, Modern physics, Physics, Quantum mechanics, Relativity, Scientific method, Theory
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
Maintainers: OpenStax College (, OSC Physics Maintainer (

Latest version: 1.4 (history)
First publication date: Dec 21, 2011 10:56 am -0600
Last revision to module: Jun 20, 2012 9:35 am -0500


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Version: 1.4 Jun 20, 2012 9:35 am -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.3 Jun 13, 2012 1:00 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.2 Mar 30, 2012 1:07 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
initial content publication

Version: 1.1 Dec 22, 2011 9:50 am -0600 by Collins Williamson
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