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1. Advanced Physics Demystified
2. Advanced University Physics, Second
3. Princeton Guide to Advanced Physics
4. Advanced Level Physics
5. Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
6. Extreme Nonlinear Optics: An Introduction
7. New Understanding Physics for
8. Advanced Solid State Physics
9. Fundamentals of Applied Dynamics
10. Solid-State Physics: An Introduction
11. Experimental Techniques In Condensed
12. Head First Physics: A learner's
13. Basic Notions Of Condensed Matter
14. Mathematical Methods For Physics
15. An Introduction to Advanced Quantum
16. Advanced Modern Physics: Theoretical
17. Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic
18. Space Physics: An Introduction
19. Advanced Physics for You
20. Advanced Level Practical Work

1. Advanced Physics Demystified
by Stan Gibilisco
Paperback: 354 Pages (2007-06-01)
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Asin: 0071479449
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Now it's relatively EASY to learn ADVANCED PHYSICS

Interested in excelling in physics but don't have infinite time or the IQ of Einstein? No problem! Advanced Physics Demystified helps you understand this complex subject matter without expending a lot of energy.

You'll start by learning about linear motion and plane trajectories and then move on to circular and harmonic motion. Next, you'll study thermodynamics, electrical impedance and admittance, and alternating-current circuit analysis. Gravitation, nuclear physics, and radiant energy are also covered. Filled with helpful illustrations and examples and featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will teach you the essentials of advanced physics in no time at all.

This fast and easy guide offers:

  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Sample problems with worked solutions
  • A quick way to prepare for physics questions on college entrance exams
  • Coverage of Kepler's Laws, Newton's Law, and Ohm's Law for AC circuits
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Advanced Physics Demystified takes the resistance out of learning this fascinating subject.

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4-0 out of 5 stars The title is a bit misleading
This book specifically covers most of what you would learn in a two semester college freshman level engineering physics sequence, with a little modern physics and even some astronomy thrown in. There are plenty of examples and explanations, and if you buy it you'll get your money's worth if freshman physics is what you wish to review or study. However, I think Schaum's Outline of College Physics, 10th edition (Schaum's Outlines) is a better bet. It is more thorough in its coverage, and there are more problems but not quite as much explanation. For example, I don't think that this book gives nearly enough coverage of mechanics, fluids, and in particular optics, that it is really complete. Schaum's covers these subjects extensively, mainly through problems sets rather than prose, though.

If you are just learning physics, get both books. If it is a review or reference you need, go strictly with Schaum's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Trying to review college physics
It's a decent book. It's not to basic, but it does skip over anything thta requires advanced calculus. If you do the quizzes and try not to memorize answers, but actually work the problems, you should be able to retain and understand the information. ... Read more

2. Advanced University Physics, Second Edition
by Mircea S. Rogalski, Stuart B. Palmer
Hardcover: 1024 Pages (2005-07-19)
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Asin: 1584885114
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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To move from empirical-based physics to the theoretical abstractness required for advanced physics requires a paradigmatic shift in logic that can challenge even the brightest mind. Grasping the play of phenomena as they are described in introductory compendiums does not necessarily create a foundation that allows for the building of a bridge to the higher levels of theoretical physics.

In the first edition of Advanced University Physics, respected physicists Stuart Palmer and Mircea Rogalski built that bridge, and then guided readers across it. Serving as a supplement to the standard advanced physics syllabus, their work provided a succinct review of course material, while encouraging the development of a more cohesive understanding of theoretical physics. Now, after incorporating suggestions from many readers and colleagues, the two authors have revised and updated their original work to produce a second, even more poignant, edition.

Succinct, cohesive, and comprehensive, Advanced University Physics, Second Edition brings individuals schooled in the rudiments of physics to theoretical fluency.

In a progression of concise chapters, the text clarifies concepts from Newtonian Laws to nuclear dynamics, while introducing and building upon the theoretical logic required to operate in the world of contemporary physics. Some chapters have been combined to improve relational clarity, and new material has been added to cover the evolving concepts that have emerged over the last decade in this highly fluid field. The authors have also added a substantial amount of relevant problems and at least one pertinent example for every chapter. Those already steeped in physics will continue to find this work to be a useful reference, as the book's 47 chapters provide the opportunity to become refreshed and updated on a great number of easily identified topics. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars too many typos
This book looked like a nice compendium of upper level undergraduate physics. Unfortunately, serious reoccurring misprints early on (starting on the second page, page 13, of the treatment of mechanics - lots of phi's missing lots of dots) have dissuaded me from using the book further. Browsing further (see for example page 35) reveals typsetting errors. I can't have confidence in this text.
I hope these errors have been taken care of in the second edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars A strong bridge to cross upon
I work in an industrial chemical research laboratory. I have little formal education, most of what I "know" I have taught myself. I know a little physics, and I've taught myself a little calculus. So why this physics book? Sometimes the introductory is too hard trying to be simple, and sometime the hard is really just the simple with more mathematics, also, the Feynman Lectures do not cover it all!
If you learn because you are curious and ask a lot of questions and are very stubborn and patient to make up for not being very smart, then you are like me, you will find, with efforts, this book to be a wonderful way to bridge the introductory.
I have a couple patents, and in each case I have used a little physics intuition and a collection of wonderful books. When I get an idea I look ahead to get a general feeling for the problem that I wish to solve. This book I have used to look ahead. Next, I go back to the basic college level text books and even more basic if necessary, and then move forward narrowing the questions and looking to solved problems and math text books to get the required background to forward an idea. I have a large collection of books and a poor memory ... this book is one book I use a lot. Do not tell my employer that I do most of my thinking off their clock and that time is not money, rather the momentum-energy four-vector (page 71).
For problems solved, collections of physics problems, I use other books, for understanding I use this book and Feynman's lectures. ... Read more

3. Princeton Guide to Advanced Physics
by Alan C. Tribble
Paperback: 375 Pages (1996-07-08)
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Asin: 0691026629
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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From classical mechanics to general relativity, the key principles in all areas of physics are surveyed in this one handy volume. Here Alan Tribble addresses the needs of students and practicing physicists alike. He starts with a review of mathematical methods and then summarizes the most widely used concepts in physics, detailing derivations and applications. With its mix of theory, application, and solved problems, Advanced Physics enables a student to grasp quickly the fundamentals of the field while providing physicists, engineers, and mathematicians with an ideal reference for locating critical formulas or reviewing mathematical details.

One of Tribble's goals is to help students, particularly those preparing for comprehensive examinations, to develop and retain a broad base of knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the fundamental physical principles. Until now, reaching this goal has been a time-consuming and difficult task for the student, partly because so many texts have omitted key steps in crucial derivations or have assigned these derivations as exercises. By gathering widespread information into one highly accessible format, Advanced Physics will become an invaluable study aid, will serve readily as a text in a review course or as a supplemental text in higher-level courses, and will make for an indispensable reference for professionals throughout their careers. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good knowledge
This book contains a very good storage of knowledge in physics, for undergraduate and graduate student in all of the stages of their studies. Too bad the cover is soft which means that the book will have a short life

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
Did you already learn something but couldn't remember the exact details of it or you just want to know the basics (very basics) then this book is for you. The princeton guide gives a quick summary of some very useful stuff. Don't try and actually learn (study) from this book because it doesn't give any problems. (Sadly, doing problems is the best way to learn it)! For someone like me who has seen almost everything in physics, this book is perfect for reacquainting me with some long time facts and calculations that I have forgotten. The key word FORGOTTEN, not actually trying to learn from because I have already done so.Summarize: Undergrads in the early stage don't buy this book! For upperUndergrads who are thinking about going on to grad school or actual other grad students, do buy this book!

1-0 out of 5 stars A hurried one eats raw
As we say in my country, "a hurried one eats raw". Many many mistakes are made in this book. It is a good project of a book, and the star is for this, but I've got a strong doubt that it is good for a student, specially if used as a guide. So many mistakes that I laughed at some of them. Princeton University, well recognised all around the world, should think twice before putting its name on a book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Princeton Guide to Advanced Physics
This would be a very useful book if it were not for the surprisingly large number of errors. A little more care is required to produce an updated and corrected edition. A new edition to eliminate typos, errors in derivations, and to provide a lttle more explanation where necessary, would render the book very useful to students and professionals alike. ... Read more

4. Advanced Level Physics
by Michael Nelkon, Philip Parker
Paperback: 960 Pages (1995-02-27)
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Asin: 043592303X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is the seventh edition of a text for A-Level Physics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text
If you require one text on physics that gives you lucid, clear-cut explanations, then I recommend Nelkon & Parker. I used this text along with the one by Resnick & Halliday, and found that it was a useful combination, as the books complemented and supplemented each other rather well.

A terrific book, an excellent read...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
I used this text for my A-Levels (in Tanzania). It is undoubtedly the best physics text I have seen for A-levels. Explaining clearly and keeping the reader intereseted. It uses sufficient explanation without sacrificing mathematical proofs. I recommend it for all A-Level students, and also for Freshmen and sophomore level physics students (even some junior level topics) in the USA. It is far above any of the unnecessarily long winded books I used in my undergrad courses in the US. It is also a must have for begining physics enthuthiasts and for those wanting a reference. Thats why I am looking for a copy since I lost my old one!

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic for 'A' level Physics
A comprehensive classic for A level. So comprehensive that I still keep and refer to it when study for degree course. Keep it with you too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for fundamentals as well as advanced topics!
This is no doubt the best book for any A level/grd . 11-12 course of any country !Concepts are explained in a very nice manner.I used it in early 80s, my seniors were using it for many years and I still recommend itto all students of Physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its probably the greatest and clearest Physics book ever
I used this book for my A-Levels just 2 years ago, because my father used it more than 25 years earlier. This book helped me even more than the new text recommend by my school. ... Read more

5. Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
by Leonard M. Sander
Hardcover: 286 Pages (2009-03-16)
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Asin: 0521872901
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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This text includes coverage of important topics that are not commonly featured in other textbooks on condensed matter physics; these include surfaces, the quantum Hall effect and superfluidity. The author avoids complex formalism, such as Green's functions, which can obscure the underlying physics, and instead emphasizes fundamental physical reasoning. This text is intended for classroom use, so it features plenty of references and extensive problems for solution based on the author's many years of teaching in the Physics Department at the University of Michigan. This textbook is ideal for physics graduates as well as students in chemistry and engineering; it can equally serve as a reference for research students in condensed matter physics. Engineering students in particular, will find the treatment of the fundamentals of semiconductor devices and the optics of solids of particular interest. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Solid 2-star. Supplement only
With some special topics it covers, this book may be a supplement for other condensed matter texts. However, it lacks rigorous treatments in most derivations. Some equations are mathematically inadequate due to omission of underlying assumptions. Besides, many advanced topics are not covered. Hence it is not recommended as a teaching material for both introductory and advanced level condensed matter physics.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book was not what I expected.It seemed a very basic volume without most or any of the more advanced treatment I was looking for. ... Read more

6. Extreme Nonlinear Optics: An Introduction (Advanced Texts in Physics)
by Martin Wegener
Hardcover: 223 Pages (2004-10-15)
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With the birth of the laser in 1960, the field of ... Read more

7. New Understanding Physics for Advanced Level
by Jim Breithaupt
Paperback: 686 Pages (2000-01)
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Asin: 0748743146
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This title features clearly written text and extensive colour diagrams, experiments and examples. Summaries, short and long questions and multiple-choice questions ensure thorough exam preparation and revision. Frequent hints and questions provide invaluable support and facilitate study at home. It provides excellent support from GCSE; in particular Double Award Science, and extra support with mathematics. Fully worked solutions are further explained by an interactive CD-ROM. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Colourful and helpful
This Advanced Level Physics book is one of the best I have seen. The book is divided into 7 themes (Mechanics, Materials, Fields, Waves, Electricity, Inside the Atom and Physics in Medicine). The physical concepts as well as the formulas involved are explained in plain text as well as on clearly labelled diagrams.
I did the IB using this book and I found it highly relevant to the course, as it explained the syllabus and the options in great detail, and very comprehensively.
Moreover, there is a variety of practice questions from previous examinations at the back of each chapter, which vary in difficulty.
All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to obtain a top grade in a Physics course equivalent to A-level Physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent stydy guide for A level students
This text book is ideal for all Physics A level students. It will help weaker students develop a sound understanding of principles as well as stretch the more accademic students. There are plenty of clearly explainedworked examples from previous A level papers and a number a practicequestions. This book is a must for anyone serious about Advanced levelPhysics. ... Read more

8. Advanced Solid State Physics
by Philip Phillips, Phil Phillips
Paperback: 416 Pages (2002-07-15)
list price: US$62.00
Isbn: 0813340144
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Professor Phillips provides an accurate exploration and solid foundation for students and researchers of this fast-growing field.

Solid state physics continues to be the fastest-growing sub-discipline in physics. This much anticipated new book provides ample background that underpins the principles of solid state physics, and moves quickly to an overview of current research in this fast-moving field. Upper division undergraduates and graduate students in physics who wish to pursue solid state physics research must master old topics, as well as problems of current interest. This book serves that purpose, and fills students' needs. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good overview of standard theory and more modern developments
Condensed matter physics has been and will always be the most important branch of physics, due mostly to its role in technological developments. Advances in medicine have also depended directly on advances in condensed matter physics, along with advances in materials science and computer technology. Armies of researchers and billions of research dollars have poured into this field, and throughout its history it has been marked by brilliant developments. Many of these developments are discussed in this book, which targets a readership that already has had exposure to condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics at the elementary level. Although somewhat short considering the subject matter, the author is still able to give the details on the subjects that have given the most surprises to researchers in recent decades.

For example, this book has one of the best overviews of the Kondo problem of all the current books on advanced condensed matter physics. The author presents the problem as one that will definitely need a treatment not possible in the context of mean-field theory, since the latter is mostly applicable to high temperatures. The goal is to study the affects of local magnetic moments on the transport and magnetic properties of a particular metal and how these moments behave as the temperature is lowered. Interestingly, and of great surprise when it was discovered, above the so-called Kondo temperature, the magnetic susceptibility of a magnetic impurity obeys the usual Curie law. However below the Kondo temperature it approaches a constant. Thus magnetism ceases at low temperatures, which definitely countered what was expected, namely that there is always magnetization below the Curie temperature. The analysis of the problem boils down to studying the interaction of the spin of the impurity with the conduction electrons, and the original solution by Kondo diverged at temperatures below the Kondo temperature. An approach based on the renormalization group (ala Kenneth Wilson) finally solved the Kondo problem, and this approach is discussed, along with the others that were proposed before it and based on second-order perturbation theory. These developments are discussed in the book.

The treatment of the electron gas, the Hartree-Fock approximation, and plasma oscillations is fairly standard but detailed. For the noninteracting electron gas the author actually calculates the pressure in the ground state and quotes the value: one million atmospheres (!) with this coming solely from the Pauli exclusion principle. In his discussion of the Wigner solid, the author mentions, but does not discuss in detail, the experiments in the dilute two-dimensional electron gas that indicate a metal-insulator transition in this system for zero magnetic field. A reference is given however for readers who want to familiarize themselves with what was known experimentally at the time of publication. Interest in the two-dimensional electron gas has waxed and waned over the last few decades. This reviewer studied this system in the context of metal-insulator-semiconductor structures with narrow gap semiconductors in the early 1980's.

Also discussed in the book, and of great interest to other areas of physics and mathematics such as the theory of exactly solved models in statistical mechanics and conformal field theory, is the topic of bosonization. The author motivates this subject by considering the case of the dynamics of the Fourier components of the electron density for the interacting electron gas in the regime where plasma oscillations exist. This dynamics is governed by a harmonic oscillator equation, which gives credence to the view that plasma oscillations can be viewed as bosonic excitations in the interacting electron gas. A natural question to ask then is whether this can be generalized, namely can one start with a system governed by Fermi-Dirac statistics and map it into one that is governed by Bose-Einstein statistics. A general procedure for doing this is unknown, but it has been done rigorously for the case of interacting electrons in one dimension. The author discusses this for the case of the one-dimensional Hubbard model, which when subjected to bosonization becomes the Luttinger liquid. He reminds the reader though that one must not impute too much to bosonization in this case since it is merely an equivalence of their equations of motion. He does note however that for the case of interacting electrons in one-dimension there is interesting physics that can be illuminated by the process of bosonization, namely that the electron in this case can be viewed as a composite particle consisting of a `holon' and a `spinon', both of which obey Bose statistics.

The most interesting part of the book, and one that is full of lively discussion, is the one on localization in disordered solids. At least for Anderson localization, which was the first considered historically, the dependence on dimension is obvious, with the Anderson transition only occurring in dimensions three or more. The absence of the transition in dimensions less than three is perhaps not too surprising if one remembers the results in rigorous statistical quantum physics about the absence of phase transitions in dimensions this low. But here one is studying the occurrence of a transition between insulating and conducting regimes, which is dependent on the degree of disorder, and not the temperature (the insulator-metal transition is thus a `quantum phase transition'). It is clear from the perusal of this chapter that localization is a difficult problem whose study requires many tools, each one of these by itself insufficient to capture the entire phenomenon. Indeed, the Boltzmann transport theory cannot describe the Anderson transition, due to its insistence that the mean free path be greater than the lattice spacing. If one uses Green functions, one must compute the site self-energy, which as the author shows (but briefly) can be done but it masks the essential physics of the localization transition. Thus the author resorts to scaling theory, which via a single parameter, the conductance, completely characterizes the localization transition.

4-0 out of 5 stars luck
After the book of A/M solid state physics, there is no consensus on the most suitable and modern solid state physics textbook. One of the main reason is the rapid developements of some fancy theory, like bosonization, RG, etc after 70s. This book written by Phillips convers almost
all the contemporary topics in condensed matter theory except the high-Tc part. On this ground, this book is worthy recommendation.

4-0 out of 5 stars A friendly, good introduction for all the modern concepts
The author gives a very good introduction to the topics most researchers in the Condensed Matter community are intersted in. This is good for both theorists and experimentalists as beginners. For theorists, this book gives quickly physics images, which is relatively much easier than reading all the original papers; for experimentalists, this gives very good reviews what the theorists are working about and how are they related to the real world, while NOT MUCH MATH is needed for going through this book.
So this book helps any beginner in the Condensed Matter research to go to the frontier quickly.
I also llike the free-style language the author used in this book --- reading the book is like talking with a friend in the tea time.
One thing I don't like the book is, for some critical topics (like the localizations), the author tried to explain some hard problems in an easy way, while sometimes he failed in doing it clearly and precisely. But again this book is not a math book, and the clear physics pictures it describe already make it one of the best introductory textbooks for these "advanced" topics.

4-0 out of 5 stars A friendly, good introduction for all the modern concepts
The author gives a very good introduction to the topics most researchers in the Condensed Matter community are intersted in. This is good for both theorists and experimentalists as beginners. For theorists, this book gives quickly physics images, which is relatively much easier than reading all the original papers; for experimentalists, this gives very good reviews what the theorists are working about and how are they related to the real world, while NOT MUCH MATH is needed for going through this book.
So this book helps any beginner in the Condensed Matter research to go to the frontier quickly.
I also llike the free-style language the author used in this book --- reading the book is like talking with a friend in the tea time.
One thing I don't like about the book is, for some critical topics (like the localizations), the author tried to explain some hard problems in an easy way, while sometimes he failed in doing it clearly and precisely. But again this book is not a math book, and the clear physics pictures it describes already make it one of the best introductory textbooks for these "advanced" topics.

5-0 out of 5 stars A concise but thorough treatment of Adv. Solid State !
I just attended a course based on this book and all I can say is wow.
P. Philips avoids falling into excessive formalism and manages to present
the essence of each subject.

Readers with preparation in the introductory S. State will certainly
benefit from the straight and insightful treatment of the subjects. ... Read more

9. Fundamentals of Applied Dynamics (Advanced Texts in Physics)
by Roberto A. Tenenbaum
 Paperback: 713 Pages (2010-11-02)
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A translation of the highly acclaimed text by Roberto Tenenbaum (originally published in Portuguese). Tenenbaum's book covers the full range of topics included in a complete basic course designed for undergraduate students in engineering. Requiring no more than a basic course in calculus, the text employs an intuitive approach, from the point of view of Newtonian mechanics, that avoids the complications of Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formalism. The balance between analysis and practical examples also avoids the tendency of other engineering- oriented texts to assume an antipathy towards abstract thinking among engineers. The analytical approach, presented in a simple but rigorous way, gives the required tools for modeling novel practical situations.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good book
In my opinion this book is excelent. It explains all the necessary tips so that a student who is coursing "mechanics" for first time can reach an excelent level of knowledge of this subject. In addition, it is not only a book about dynamics, in its first chapters it is also explained kinematics and also some tips about vectors are explained deeply.

It has to be taken into account that, as its title says: "Fundamentals of Applied Dynamics", there are more advanced tips which are not taugth in the book as Lagrange's, Hammilton's and Kane's formulations. Consequetly this books gives a deeply explanation of the Newton-Euler mechanics. ... Read more

10. Solid-State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science (Advanced Texts in Physics)
by Harald Ibach, Hans Lüth
Paperback: 536 Pages (2009-11-25)
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This new edition of the well-received introduction to solid-state physics provides a comprehensive overview of the basic theoretical and experimental concepts of materials science. Experimental aspects and laboratory details are highlighted in separate panels that enrich text and emphasize recent developments. Notably, new material in the third edition includes sections on important new devices, aspects of non- periodic structures of matter, phase transitions, defects, superconductors and nanostructures. Students will benefit significantly from solving the exercises given at the end of each chapter. This book is intended for university students in physics, materials science and electrical engineering. It has been thoroughly updated to maintain its relevance and usefulness to students and professionals. ... Read more

11. Experimental Techniques In Condensed Matter Physics At Low Temperatures (Advanced Books Classics)
by Robert C. Richardson, Eric N. Smith
Paperback: 352 Pages (1998-03-31)
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This practical book provides recipes for the construction of devices used in low temperature experimentation. It emphasizes what works, rather than what might be the optimum method, and lists current sources for purchasing components and equipment.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great aid to the hands-on low temperature experimentalist
With contributions by faculty, graduate students, and postdocs at Cornell, this book is a collection of very practical recipes written in a language easily accessible to a senior undergraduate or a beginning graduate student. If you are planning a novel experiment, building a new setup, or troubleshooting or adapting an existing piece of equipment, this book is an invaluable tool. It covers most of the little details which nobody mentions in respectable PRL articles but without the understanding of which nothing will work and your boss will not be happy. The book also has most of the important material property tables which you'd be scrambling to collect from all over. This book should be a reference to any low-temperature experimentalist, ahead of all other texts. ... Read more

12. Head First Physics: A learner's companion to mechanics and practical physics (AP Physics B - Advanced Placement)
by Heather Lang
Paperback: 944 Pages (2008-09-24)
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Asin: 0596102372
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Wouldn't it be great if there were a physics book that showed you how things work instead of telling you how? Finally, with Head First Physics, there is. This comprehensive book takes the stress out of learning mechanics and practical physics by providing a fun and engaging experience, especially for students who "just don't get it."

Head First Physics offers a format that's rich in visuals and full of activities, including pictures, illustrations, puzzles, stories, and quizzes -- a mixed-media style proven to stimulate learning and retention. One look will convince you: This isn't mere theory, this is physics brought to life through real-world scenarios, simple experiments, and hypothetical projects. Head First Physics is perfect for anyone who's intrigued by how things work in the natural world.

You'll quickly discover that physics isn't a dry subject. It's all about the world we live in, encompassing everything from falling objects and speeding cars, to conservation of energy and gravity and weightlessness, and orbital behavior. This book:

  • Helps you think like a physicist so you can understand why things really work the way they do
  • Gives you relevant examples so you can fully grasp the principles before moving on to more complex concepts
  • Designed to be used as a supplement study guide for the College Board's Advanced Placement Physics B Exam
  • Introduces principles for the purpose of solving real-world problems, not memorization
  • Teaches you how to measure, observe, calculate -- and yes -- how to do the math
  • Covers scientific notation, SI units, vectors, motion, momentum conservation, Newton's Laws, energy conservation, weight and mass, gravitation and orbits, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, and much more

If "Myth Busters" and other TV programs make you curious about our physical world -- or if you're a student forced to take a physics course -- now you can pursue the subject without the dread of boredom or the fear that it will be over your head. Head First Physics comes to the rescue with an innovative, engaging, and inspirational way to learn physics!

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Whether you're struggling to pass the AP Physics B exam, fighting a headache from your college physics course, or just want to understand how the world around you really works, Head First Physics will give you what you need to master algebra-based mechanics and practical physics. Designed for the way your brain works instead of a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep, this book offers a multi-sensory learning experience and encourages a deeper understanding of the material.

Hey! You want to pass, understand and ...yes...even enjoy physics, so...
Learn Physics the Head First way...

Physics textbooks or exam prep books usually present you with all the facts you might need to know, in a quick-fire overwhelming way. In Head First Physics, the pace is deliberately slower to give you space to explore and make your own discoveries. For example, you'll spend a chapter solving clues in a treasure hunt competition--as you go along you'll find out for yourself how vectors work, and how they help you to win! The interactivity and self-teaching style is a huge contrast to the usual textbook method of listing every possible "fact" about vectors as quickly as possible.

In Head First Physics, it's the exploration that makes things stick—and makes the physics easier to learn. You're immersing yourself in the scenario and taking part rather than "reading along and nodding" from the "outside" like you would for most books.

One area in particular where exploration is key is in the "crossover" between math and physics. Many students say that they can "use" equations or mathematical relationships in simple problems where it's possible to substitute values from the question into equations given on a sheet. But more complicated problems can be a real struggle, with students not knowing where to start, not knowing which values or equations to use, and feeling stuck in an "I don't get it" rut.

Overcome Past Learning Struggles...

In Head First Physics, you spend a lot of time building solid foundations and working out the "simple" equations for yourself. For example, you spend a chapter working out how to defend a castle--and by the end, you really understand how trigonometry works. And after implementing atraining schedule for a thoroughbred hamster, radians and circular motion are no longer a mystery. The relationships between the math and the physics are clear when you go on to apply what you've learned to other areas, such as forces or orbits.

Spending time on the foundations gives you a new depth of understanding, far beyond "find an equation, plug in some values." Faced with a more complicated problem, you'll be able to spot the places where you can break it down into simpler problems that you already know how to do.

In Head First Physics, you find yourself in many different scenarios--designing a music player, fixing a pizza delivery website, helping the dingo catch the emu, going to Pluto - and so on! So instead of a problem set at the end of each chapter, you solve scenario-related problems as you go along so that there's always a direct application for what you're doing. Many of the problems have hints, and every time you flip the page, there are fully worked answers and explanations that you can compare with your own. No more wondering "where they got that answer from!"

Another element that hones your problem solving skills are the Question Clinics. Each Question Clinic gives an outline of a typical "type" of physics question, showing you the buzzwords that help you to work out what you're supposed to do, and giving you hints about how you should proceed.

Make Connections and See the Big Picture

Force... mass... weight... momentum... impulse... potential energy... kinetic energy...The typical textbook approach to these topics is to say: "Here are Newton's three laws, in order. Here are some other equations for momentum conservation and impulse. Here are a couple more equations for potential and kinetic energy." This makes it natural for students to treat each topic completely separately, with a list of unrelated equations that are difficult to memorise and even harder to apply.

In Head First Physics, it's the connections that are emphasized. You find out about momentum conservation while helping some pirates deal with a ghost ship, which you use to discover Newton's 2nd & 3rd laws and impulse. Your next assignment is for "Fakebusters" investigating a phoney "instant weight loss" machine, where you use what you already learned about forces to work out the difference between weight and mass and master the normal force. Being the physics consultant on a computer game helps you to consolidate what you know about forces, then you discover energy conservation while working out a way to lift the sword in the stone using physics.

Head First Problem Solving Tips

Don't try to memorize!
That's got to be the most important thing. Physics is like a sport — you learn best by doing rather than by memorizing. So the whole book's geared towards learning by doing, through solving problems as you go along.

Start with a sketch, and write down all the values you already know on it.
This gets the visual parts of your brain working and gives you a single reference on your page where you've collected together everything you know so far.

Ask: "What's it LIKE"?
Physics is about the world around you, and you already have plenty of experience there. Your sketch may remind you of a scenario you've seen before, or a similar problem you've previously solved, even if the "story" is different.

Don't be afraid to have a go.
The best way to solve a problem is to start it. You won't always see in advance how you're going to work your way through the problem, but as you sketch and write things down you'll often get ideas popping into your head that you can run with.

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Customer Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
A superb book for practical physics.Written in a clear and easy to understand way.Definitely a help.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-Use Physics Reference Guide
Hey, where was this book when I was in high school? This is an easy to read guide to basic mechanical physics with plenty of real world examples and fun problems to work out. It is more written for a high school audience, but early college students will find plenty of help as well. It starts with lessons in scientific notation, equations, and graphing, and works its way through velocity and acceleration, torque, pulleys, circular motion, and more. Some of the examples used are the use of levers to get Excalibur out of the stone, and shooting cannonballs at a ghost pirate ship as lessons in momentum conservation. /Head First Physics/ is billed as a good aid for students working on AP physics classes, but would also be a good guide for someone just interested in knowing more about how the world works. The illustrations range from photos to fairly crude stick figures and are probably the largest flaw in the book. More consistency there would have been nice, but it isn't a large enough flaw to detract from the quality of the instruction.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well developed
I own several books in the Head First series. This is one of the best I've read. Each topic is discussed with meaningful examples that drive the points home--something many courses or teachers have difficulty with. If I had a tool like this in my arsenal back in school I'd have felt much different about physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you're in high school or college and struggle with physics concepts, HEAD FIRST PHYSICS is a recommended pick
If you're in high school or college and struggle with physics concepts, HEAD FIRST PHYSICS is a recommended pick. It provides a lively connection between physics theory and the world we live in, examining basic concepts, using the latest research in learning theory to enliven presentations, and covering math and physics concepts using lively black and white drawings, photos, and large-size graphs. An outstanding physics survey evolves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Anyone Wanting To Have FUN Learning Physics!!!
'Head First Physics: A Learner's Companion to Mechanics and Practical Physics' is a wonderful book for anyone that wants to learn physics in a fun and practical way.This book is geared toward new learners or basic ones that want to learn without knowing they are doing so.Instead of a bland 1,500+ page book with just text regarding Newton and the other great minds, you get a USABLE book that is FUN FUN FUN.I love the Head First books because they present subject matter in a way that is DIFFERENT.Written by an experienced academic, Heather Lang writes in a format that is truly a delight.If you are looking for a masters Physics book you will be disappointed.If you are young, in high school or just an adult that wants to learn more in a BETTER way this book is a gem.

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13. Basic Notions Of Condensed Matter Physics (Advanced Books Classics)
by Philip W. Anderson
Paperback: 576 Pages (1997-11-28)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An introduction to some of the most significant concepts in the physics of condensed matter. Emphasizes the general principles of many-body physics and perturbation theory, providing supporting mathematical structure. Paper. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with Nice Survice
It's a bible of condensed matter physics especially for students with theoretic interests. It is written by P.W.Anderson, the most creative physicist. But the content is relatively hard for beginners.

What I want to comment here is the best service. Its international deliver costs 3 weeks less than estimated time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Advanced users only
The title of the book may be misleading.
Attention, this book is for advanced readers in Condensed matter physics. Actually, the book is mostly consisted of some good papers selected by by Anderson. A beginner can read this after he get to know the "basic notions" from basic books.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful Guide to Condense Matter
In fact, although it was been published almost twenty years ago, But most ideas in it were veryclassical and very sightful to Condense Matter So you caould see that many papers in the publication in fact cites this book . It's a very guide to the matter world ! ... Read more

14. Mathematical Methods For Physics (Advanced Books Classics)
by H. W. Wyld, H.w. Wyld
 Paperback: 656 Pages (1999-03-31)
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Asin: 0738201251
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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There are new methods of learning, new concepts to be tried, but the basic core of physics remains a constant in an ever-changing world. Mathematical Methods for Physics is the bridge that brings these two worlds together. With supplemental material such as graphs and equations, Mathematical Methods for Physics comes together to create a strong, solid anchor for first year students. Dr. H. W. Wyld has lectured on this subject for years and has put together his first-year graduate physics course in this accessible book so students, eager to venture down this road, may be well equipped to learn the basics of physics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for graduate students majoring in physics
This book emphasizes on the relation between different areas of physics by method of maths. Unlike other maths book I have used, it is easy to be learned by oneself and it can provide all the knowledge of maths using in physics so that when studying physics, you can concentrate on the physical idea instead of being trapped in solving maths problems.

4-0 out of 5 stars wonderful text that makes your eyes bleed
The reviewer who used the word "readable" to describe this text is crazy.:)It was apparently written and typset using a 1950's era manual typewriter.I think the author literally had his secretary type out his lecture notes or some such thing. This makes the text (and following the equations) very hard on the eyes.And, I'm sure that this poor typesetting has caused many people to look at this book and just pass it by.

That's a shame, because the content of this text is outstanding.If the publisher were to retypset it with a more readable font (and possibly update the figures though that would be nice but not necessary), this would be the best book in this field (graduate school level mathematical methods for physicists).

This book starts by showing that over and over, among many varied physical systems, the same types of equations show up again and again (diffusion equations, wave equations, etc...).The remainder of the bookis devoted to methods of solving these equations and demonstrating their applications in diverse fields (electrodynamics, quantum theory, acoustics, etc...). The book continues with a fantastic generalization of the sturm liouville eigenvalue problem and in subsequent chapters begins to solve it for diverse situations leading to very complete descriptions of special functions and their applications (legendre polynomials and spherical harmonics, cylindrical and spherical bessels functions, and many more).This constitutes roughly the 1rst half of the book and basically would make for a fantastic 1 semester course of applied partial differential equations at the graduate level.The remainder of the book deals with diverse topics such as Green's function techniques, integral equations, and complex variables.The content of the book for all these topics is mathematically dense, yet lucid and understandable at every stage.

The book does lack some topics that would be useful (for example, there's no group theory presented in this text),but still it is a remarkably complete and self contained work.

I would make a few suggestions to the author/publisher:

1)Please typeset this book with a readable font. Really,how hard could it be? Just scan the text in with OCR, change the font and fix the equations).You would sell so many more copies!

2)In most of the chapters there is not a large selection of problems,and the problems that are there are all VERY challenging (especially in the first half of the book).I would add some additional problems, and include some lower level "confidence builder" type problems for students to solidify their understanding before tackling the more challenging problems.

3)The Green's function chapter is way too long.Break it into two chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary of Relevant Mathematics
Mathematical Methods for Physics, by H.W. Wyld (MMFP) is a very lovely, reasonably inexpensive review of the mathematics that underlies much of modern physics through the introductory graduate level, especially (elliptical) partial differential equations, complex variables and integral techniques, and special functions.The book is in lecture note style, which makes it compact and readable, compared to encyclopedic textbooks in mathematical physics such as Morse and Feshbach or Arfken, or (in a more mathematical vein) Hilbert and Courant that cover much of the same ground.

The book provides excellent support for graduate electrodynamics, graduate quantum mechanics, and related or similar courses with a high PDE content or intense usage of e.g. Green's functions, delta functions, Bessel (or other hypergeometric) functions, and sundry special functions or integrals.It omits any treatement (deliberately) of probability and statistics or actual applications from e.g. quantum field theory or truly advanced physics.

I have used this book personally for many years for many purposes -- to support research in multiple scattering theory, to teach graduate electrodynamics, to find quick and straightforward derivations of key e.g. Green's function relations or integral relations.Its derivational nature -- most of the lecture note style content is systematic derivation and exposition of the essential components of e.g. separation of variables and solution of the various resulting ODEs -- make it especially suitable as a deskside reference for physicist and student alike, or even as a textbook or auxiliary reference in a mathematical physics course.

MMFP is a classic, and while it was REALLY a bargain fifteen years ago at $16 (a typical price) it still isn't a bad deal priced in the $50's. ... Read more

15. An Introduction to Advanced Quantum Physics
by Hans Paar
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-05-24)
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An Introduction to Advanced Quantum Physics presents important concepts from classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics, and quantum physics brought together to discuss the interaction of radiation and matter, selection rules, symmetries and conservation laws, scattering, relativistic quantum mechanics, apparent paradoxes, elementary quantum field theory, electromagnetic and weak interactions, and much more.

This book consists of two parts:

Part 1 comprises the material suitable for a second course in quantum physics and covers:

  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Matter
  • Scattering
  • Symmetries and Conservation Laws
  • Relativistic Quantum Physics
  • Special Topics

Part 2 presents elementary quantum field theory and discusses:

  • Second Quantization of Spin 1/2 and Spin 1 Fields
  • Covariant Perturbation Theory and Applications
  • Quantum Electrodynamics

Each chapter concludes with problems to challenge the students’ understanding of the material.

This text is intended for graduate and ambitious undergraduate students in physics, material sciences, and related disciplines. ... Read more

16. Advanced Modern Physics: Theoretical Foundations
by John Dirk Walecka
Paperback: 500 Pages (2010-03-22)
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Our understanding of the physical world was revolutionized in the twentieth century the era of modern physics . This book, aimed at the very best students, extends the coverage of the theoretical groundwork of today's physics presented in the previous volume: Introduction to Modern Physics: Theoretical Foundations (Vol. I). Typically, students have to wade through several courses to see many of these topics. The goal is to give them some idea of where they are going, and how things fit together, as they go along.

The present book focuses on the following topics: reformulation of quantum mechanics, angular momentum, scattering theory, lagrangian field theory, symmetries, Feynman rules, quantum electrodynamics, including higher-order contributions, path integrals, and canonical transformations for quantum systems. Many problems are included that enhance and extend the coverage. The book assumes a mastery of the material in Vol. I, and the continued development of mathematical skills, including multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Several appendices provide important details, and any additional required mathematics. The reader should then find the text, together with the appendices and problems, to be self-contained. The aim is to cover the framework of modern theoretical physics in sufficient depth that things make sense to students, and, when finished, the reader should have an elementary working knowledge in the principal areas of theoretical physics of the twentieth century. ... Read more

17. Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts (Physics Textbook)
by Peter Würfel
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-04-14)
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Based on the highly regarded and extremely successful first edition, this thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition contains the latest knowledge on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion.
The textbook describes in detail all aspects of solar cell function, the physics behind every single step, as well as all the issues to be considered when improving solar cells and their efficiency.
Requiring no more than standard physics knowledge, the book enables both students and researchers to understand the factors driving conversion efficiency and to apply this knowledge to their own solar cell development.
New exercises after each chapter help students to consolidate their freshly acquired knowledge, while the book also serves as a reference for researchers already working in this exciting and challenging field.
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18. Space Physics: An Introduction to Plasmas and Particles in the Heliosphere and Magnetospheres (Advanced Texts in Physics)
by May-Britt Kallenrode
Paperback: 482 Pages (2010-11-02)
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Observations and physical concepts are interwoven to give basic explanations of phenomena and also show the limitations in these explanations and identify some fundamental questions.

Compared to conventional plasma physics textbooks this book focuses on the concepts relevant in the large-scale space plasmas. It combines basic concepts with current research and new observations in interplanetary space and in the magnetospheres.

Graduate students and young researchers starting to work in this special field of science, will find the numerous references to review articles as well as important original papers helpful to orientate themselves in the literature.

Emphasis is on energetic particles and their interaction with the plasma as examples for non-thermal phenomena, shocks and their role in particle acceleration as examples for non-linear phenomena.

This second edition has been updated and extended. Improvements include: the use of SI units; addition of recent results from SOHO and Ulysses; improved treatment of the magnetosphere as a dynamic phenomenon; text restructured to provide a closer coupling between basic physical concepts and observed complex phenomena.





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19. Advanced Physics for You
by Keith Johnson, Simmone Hewett, Sue Holt, John Miller
Paperback: 432 Pages (2001-02)
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Asin: 074875296X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Using the same winning style as Keith Johnson's highly-successful GCSE "Physics for You", "Advanced Physics for You" has been carefully designed to help you to enjoy your physics and make good progress. The topics are laid out as double-page spreads, in full colour, with helpful diagrams and a clear text to make it easier for you to understand the physics and gain success. The key points are clearly highlighted, with useful end-of-chapter summaries, and a friendly reading level throughout. Over 200 worked examples help you throughout the course, with a large number of questions for you to practise and so gain in confidence and do better in your exams. Questions on each topic begin with simple straightforward questions, and there are 7 sections of past exam questions. A 'Hints' section gives you help when it's needed, and the answers are included. 'Physics at Work' sections enrich your understanding of the many applications and uses of physics in the real world. Additional sections give you help on: Key Skills Study Skills Revision and Examination Technique Practical Skills, and Help with Maths. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Physics at a glance!
I just want to say that this book is great! Out of all the physics books I bought for my advanced level course this book was the most useful. This book has the essential topics, neatly organized and made simple for a first time reader to understand.

In fact it was only after I learned from this book, I understood the principle of electro-magnetic induction!!!

More over the colorful pictures arouse a mood of interest to at least turn the pages of the book.

I would also say it is worth paying the price for it...

Are you planning to take physics for your advance level course? Just buy Advanced physics for you for reference! ... Read more

20. Advanced Level Practical Work for Physics
by Chris Mee
Paperback: 88 Pages (2001-05-30)
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The new A level specifications place extra emphasis on practical work,and in particular the skills assessed in both coursework and the externally set practical test. Advanced Level Practical Work for Physics covers each of the four main skill areas - devising and planning experimental activities; demonstrating practical results; observing measuring and recording; and interpreting explaining and evaluating results. Worked examples and simple questions are provided for each topic, and key points, definitions and equations are highlighted. All in all this will be a vital companion for students working towards the practical element of the overall award. ... Read more

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