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1. General Physics, 2nd Edition
2. E-Z Physics (Barron's E-Z Series)
3. Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching
4. Astronomy and general physics
5. How to Solve Physics Problems
6. Physics by Inquiry: An Introduction
7. Princeton Problems in Physics
8. College Physics, Volume 1
9. Five Easy Lessons: Strategies
10. Exact Space-Times in Einstein's
11. The Physics of Golf
12. Physics: for Scientists and Engineers
13. Schaum's Outline of Physics for
14. Solid-State Physics: An Introduction
15. Fundamentals of Physics, Part
16. Brainteaser Physics: Challenging
17. The Physics of Skiing: Skiing
18. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
19. Physics for Scientists and Engineers
20. Physics Demystified : A Self-Teaching

1. General Physics, 2nd Edition
by Morton M. Sternheim, Joseph W. Kane
Hardcover: 912 Pages (1991-01)
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Asin: 0471522783
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Introduces physics to science students with a wide range of interests. Unlike many other physics texts, the coverage and emphasis here is influenced by the specific needs of science majors, including those in the life sciences, and thus treats topics such as geometric optics, mechanics of fluids and acoustics. The derivative is introduced in Chapter One and integrals are used sparingly until electricity and magnetism are covered. Entire chapters are devoted to applications of physics covering subjects such as nerve conduction, ionizing radiation and nuclear magnetic resonance, demonstrating the widespread utility of physics and the unity of science. To aid in comprehension, calculations involving calculus are carried out with a good deal of detail and discussion. Each chapter features a checklist of terms to define or explain as well as problems and exercises. Additional problems and exercises are located in the Supplementary Topics section. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars They should never stop publishing this book!!!
This is an excellent book for the first time physics student. It is very "straight to the point" when it comes to explaining physics concepts. This book does not waste time talking about senseless theroy that gets you no where. It tells the concepts of physics clearly and it has EXCELLENT examples to illustrate the concepts that it tries to explain. It has plenty of clear and concise examples. It probably has at least 12 to 15 examples per chapter witch is VERY excellent!!!!

Additionally, this book comes with a GREAT student solutions\help manual. The student solutions\help manual helps explain the concepts even more clearly thus giving you a better understanding of such a difficult subject.

I've seen this book has been around for a long time. I can see why this textbook has been around for a long time because of its superiour quality. I hope this book is still around for students in the future 50 years from now.

A great book.

4-0 out of 5 stars En excellent book for the science-interested student
This book gives a very thorough explanation of most of the things that surrounds us. It is very easy to understand due to the many examples, and yet manages to maintain very cogent. It does not require much math readthis book, since this is explained as the book moves along, and is needed. ... Read more

2. E-Z Physics (Barron's E-Z Series)
by Robert L. Lehrman
Paperback: 614 Pages (2009-04-01)
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Asin: 0764141260
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Known for many years as BarronÂ's Easy Way Series, the new editions of these popular self-teaching titles are now BarronÂ's E-Z Series. Brand-new cover designs reflect all new page layouts, which feature extensive two-color treatment, a fresh, modern typeface, and more graphic material than everÂ-- charts, graphs, diagrams, instructive line illustrations, and where appropriate, amusing cartoons. Meanwhile, the quality of the booksÂ' contents remains at least as high as ever. BarronÂ's E-Z books are self-help manuals focused to improve studentsÂ' grades in a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. For most subjects, the level of difficulty ranges between high school and college-101 standards. Although primarily designed as self-teaching manuals, these books are also preferred by many teachers as classroom supplementsÂ--and for some courses, as main textbooks. E-Z books review their subjects in detail, and feature both short quizzes and longer tests with answers to help students gauge their learning progress. Subject heads and key phrases are set in a second color as an easy reference aid. Topics covered in BarronÂ's E-Z Physics include motion, forces, energy, heat, wave motion, noise and music, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, the properties of light, and an introduction to nuclear physics. ... Read more

3. Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)
by Karl F. Kuhn
Paperback: 320 Pages (1996-03)
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Asin: 0471134473
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics

Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you've come to the right place! This fully up-to-date edition of Basic Physics:

  • Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about physics
  • Requires no math—mathematical treatments and applications are included in optional sections so that you can choose either a mathematical or nonmathematical approach
  • Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question-and-answer format
  • Lists objectives for each chapter—you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it
  • Reinforces what you learn with end-of-chapter self-tests
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5-0 out of 5 stars JUST WHAT I ORDERED
Product was shipped quickly and arrived in good condition.Pleasure to do business with.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good BASIC Physics book
This book is probably great for middle school and high school American Physics. It is not appropriate for College Physics. It uses American units (lbs, inches, etc) which is not acceptable in any physics course above middle school. Most high school and college courses, and any true scientist will always work in SI units (meter, kilogram, etc).

Its great to read through and understand basic physics, but not much more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought several physics books for my husband, as he really wanted to learn physics. He never had it in school so he needed a basic physics book. Out of all the books I bought, this one is by far his favorite. It explains everything very well and truly works well as a self-teaching guide. Highly recommended if you are looking for a good book as a basic physics refresher or to learn about physics for the first time. It goes over all the areas of general physics, which provides a great overview of the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well organized
I was concerned that a book on physics - a subject entirely new to me - would become complicated and confusing fairly quickly.I was wrong - this text is organized thoughtfully.

2-0 out of 5 stars Digital Edition not available when needed
The digital edition is not available when I need it.I am not sure there is a point to the upgrade. ... Read more

4. Astronomy and general physics considered with reference to natural theology
by William Whewell
Paperback: 348 Pages (2010-08-29)
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Asin: 1177896613
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A leading British intellectual of the Victorian era, William Whewell (1794-1866) was a contemporary and adviser of Herschel, Darwin and Faraday. A geologist, astronomer, theologian and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, he was best known for his works on moral philosophy and the history and philosophy of science, and for coining, among others, the term 'scientist'. This book, originally published in 1833, is one of a series of treatises published with the help of a legacy from the Earl of Bridgewater (d.1829), intended to contribute to an understanding of the world as created by God. Though an advocate of religion, Whewell accepts that progress in science leads to an understanding of the laws and processes of the natural world. He argues, however, that ultimately the scientific understanding of creation, astronomy, and the laws of the universe only serves to confirm the idea of a divine designer. ... Read more

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William Whewell (1794-1866) was an English polymath, scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian, and historian of science.

The Earl of Bridgewater (1856-1829; he was an amateur naturalist) on his deathbed commissioned eight "Bridgewater Treatises" to explore "the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation." These eight volumes appeared between 1833 to 1840, and included such works as: On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man: Principally with Reference to the Supply of His Wants and the Exercise of His Intellectual Faculties by John Kidd; Animal and Vegetable Physiology: Considered with Reference to Natural Theology, Volume 1 by Peter Mark Roget; Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology, Volume 1 by William Buckland; and Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by William Prout.

He begins the book by saying, "(T)he views of the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, which natural science opens to us, harmonize with our belief in a Creator, Governor, and Preserver of the world. To do this with respect to certain departments of Natural Philosophy is the object of the following pages."

Here are some other representative quotations from the book:

"When indeed we come to see the vast number, the variety, the extent, the interweaving, the reconciling of such adaptations, we shall readily allow, that all things are so moulded upon and locked into each other, connected by such subtilty and profundity of design, that we may well abandon the idle attempt to trace the order of thought in the mind of the Supreme Ordainer."
"As the eye is made for light, so light must have been made, at least among other ends, for the eye."
"If the earth had no atmosphere ... all must be inert and dead. Who constructed these three extraordinarily complex pieces of machinery, the earth with its productions, the atmosphere, the ether? ... We conceive there can be but one answer; a most wise and good God."
"The Creator of the Heavens and of the Earth, of the inorganic and of the organic world, of animals and man, of the affections and the conscience, appears inevitably to be one and the same God."
"There can be no wider interval in philosophy than the separation which must exist between the laws of mechanical force and motion, and the laws of free moral action."
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5. How to Solve Physics Problems (College Course)
by Robert Oman, Daniel Oman
Paperback: 352 Pages (1996-08-01)
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Asin: 0070481660
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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275,000 students in noncalculus physics; Required pre-med course; Super-accessible, straightforward help; Student-grabbing graphics and style; Icons for important concepts; 1-2-3 help with problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How To Solve Physics Problems Review
The book is helpful even though the equations are set a little more complex than they have to be. And I deffinately wish there was a little bit more examples.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book as a supplement to your textbook
Other than a few typos, this book is awesome. I learn the basic concepts from this book, and then do the problems in my textbook. This book has helped me when my professor couldn't/wouldn't. You cannot learn physics from this book only, but it is an excellent addition to any textbook.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book - many errors
This book is a decent book for those being taking a freshman physics course for non-majors.This is a good supplement to a calculus based physics textbook.

4-0 out of 5 stars typographical errors
it's a good book, it helped a great deal. I wish time was taken to correct typographical errors. I lost valuable time that could have been used to study.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, recommend
this is a very good book except there are some mistakes(but the mistakes are easily found and corrected by yourself). This book gives you how to attack problems in a very organized manner even though the problems are notso difficult.I came to be able to solve more challenging problems in adifferent book after solving the easy but organized ones in this book. Irecommend this book! ... Read more

6. Physics by Inquiry: An Introduction to Physics and the Physical Sciences, Vol. 2 (Volume 2)
by Lillian C. McDermott, Physics Education Group Univ. Washington, Peter S Shaffer, Mark L Rosenquist
Paperback: 464 Pages (1996-01-01)
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Asin: 047114441X
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Physics by Inquiry An introduction to Physics and the Physical Sciences Physics by Inquiry is the product of more than 20 years of research and teaching experience. Developed by the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, these laboratory-based modules have been extensively tested in the classroom. Volumes I and II provide a step-by-step introduction to fundamental concepts and basic scientific reasoning skills essential to the physical sciences. Volume III, currently in preparation, extends this same approach to additional topics in the standard introductory physics course. Physics by Inquiry has been successfully used:to prepare preservice and inservice K-12 teachers to teach science as a process of inquiryto help underprepared students succeed in the mainstream science courses that are the gateway to science-related careers.to provide liberal arts students with direct experience in the scientific process, thus establishing a solid foundation for scientific literacy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great transaction
This was a smooth transaction. I received the book within the time frame needed and as stated. The book was in the condition I was expecting, slightly used. Great transaction overall.

1-0 out of 5 stars Missing Pages
I am taking a Physics class using this text this summer.When we got to the Optics section, I turned to the page the professor asked for and realized I didn't have that page or the next 30 that followed.My book was missing pages 531 through 561.To say the least I was very upset and am having trouble passing this part of the course without the pages.I don't want to buy from this bookseller again. ... Read more

7. Princeton Problems in Physics with Solutions
by Nathan Newbury, John Ruhl, Suzanne Staggs, Stephen Thorsett, Michael Newman
Paperback: 336 Pages (1991-02-01)
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Asin: 0691024499
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Aimed at helping the physics student to develop a solid grasp of basic graduate-level material, this book presents worked solutions to a wide range of informative problems. These problems have been culled from the preliminary and general examinations created by the physics department at Princeton University for its graduate program. The authors, all students who have successfully completed the examinations, selected these problems on the basis of usefulness, interest, and originality, and have provided highly detailed solutions to each one. Their book will be a valuable resource not only to other students but to college physics teachers as well. The first four chapters pose problems in the areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, thereby serving as a review of material typically covered in undergraduate courses. Later chapters deal with material new to most first-year graduate students, challenging them on such topics as condensed matter, relativity and astrophysics, nuclear physics, elementary particles, and atomic and general physics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How Ironic, when precision is needed most, it fails
While I am fascinated with this book, and believe that it is well worth the money it costs, I am very disappointed with the editing.

Just reviewing the "Problem 1.3," being the 3rd problem in this book, in the solution which begins on page 79 and continues to page 80, there is an error where it states:

"One way to remember this is to recall that the meter was first defined as one ten-thousandth the distance from the North Pole to the equator."

Unfortunately it is quite obvious that the distance from the North Pole to the equator could not possible be 10,000 meters, or 100 football fields.

Why can't the simplest of historical reference to distance be correctly listed?

In a field where measurements are so vital, how can such a basic bit of information escape the editor?

How should I proceed from here?

What other information in this book might possible be egregious and ultimately misinform me?

2-0 out of 5 stars Um... will be looking on for anotherreview book

I got this book so that I could do problems and sharpen my skills.

I just did some of the problems in this book, starting with number 1, the first question is "how would you throw the ball to attain the following motion".I answered the question "you throw it forward but with a counterclockwise spin".

I then looked at the solution, it derived velocity =.4 radius * angular velocity.While that is a true relationship, the question did not ask me to derive that relationship. Furthermore, that doesn't really seem to answer the original question, the angular velocity is however I spin the ball.The tangental velocity of that spin will obviously depend on that angular velocity which I threw the ball at.

These questions seem very vague, and the solutions seem to have really read into the question that was actually being asked.This doesn't seem like the right book for me.I want a book that asks "calculate the velocity:angular velocity ratio of the ball" as opposed to "how are you going to throw it". I'll probably be selling this book soon.

I seriously recommend looking at GRE practice exams or other sources before picking up this book.Rating: 2.5 stars

3-0 out of 5 stars Helping in Qualifier Exam....
This is a good book, which contains difficult and important problems in each part of physics. Problems are quite hard. One should attempt these problems after having a clear understanding of the subject matter. Don't look at the solutions first. Spend sometimes first solving the problem. Each problem is a collection of several short problems which are really important.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who is Preparing for Qualifier exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
Thousands of physics graduate students can't be wrong.The problems in this book may be very challenging, but they include fully worked solutions.The topics cover a very broad range of physics, though the emphasis is on selection of interesting questions rather than comprehensive coverage.

5-0 out of 5 stars A standard
This book is a must for anyone preparting for their Physics Candidacy exam.The advanced graduate students traditionally pass this book down to the incoming graduate students.Nice challenging probelms with clearsolutions.Good luck studying for the exams! ... Read more

8. College Physics, Volume 1
by Raymond A. Serway, Jerry S. Faughn, Chris Vuille
Hardcover: 500 Pages (2007-11-27)
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Asin: 049555474X
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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While physics can seem challenging, its true quality is the sheer simplicity of fundamental physical theories--theories and concepts that can enrich your view of the world around you. COLLEGE PHYSICS, 8e, provides you with a clear strategy for connecting those theories to a consistent problem-solving approach, carefully reinforcing this methodology throughout the text and connecting it to real-world examples. For students planning to take the MCAT exam, the text includes exclusive test prep and review tools to help you prepare. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good buy
I had no choice but to purchase this book since it was for school. That being said, I like this book. Each chapter buils on the previous one so everything is connected. For every area there are worked problems which shows you how to approach and figure out the problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buyer's Feedback
The product actually looked better than how the seller described it. It also arrived in a timely fashion. I would by from this seller again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Glad to see I'm not alone...
Another reviewer said this book creates low self-esteem and I'd agree.I thought that it was just me, that perhaps I'm really not as intelligent as I felt... at least felt until I started this course.

I'm much more inclined and interested in the biological sciences and mathematical pursuits have always been a bit more of a struggle than some other areas.But the one area in math that I did excel in was the more abstract areas--I have always loved algebra and geometry; I was the weirdo who adored the word problems and will still need a calculator to do the most simple of straight-forward math processes.Therefore, I figured that even though physics would be tough, the fact that it's basically quite within my strengths would help me.

But this book is hideous.Combined with my lack of prior fluency in physics and then adding in a professor who is a wonderful teacher but isn't on my wavelength yet, I'm feeling rather lost and worse than that, pretty shamed.I try to ask for help but can't even figure out where I need the help, and despite hours of studying this book, I can't seem to get past the problems.I'm taking another break from one of the FIRST introductory chapters to search for other aids and online texts that may hopefully be the key in that "Eureka!" moment, because I can't spend much more time floundering before I can't find my ground at all.

I don't know exactly what it is, and I'm more than willing to admit that my initial ignorance is very likely a major factor to my difficulty, but I am naturally a self-educator; if I want to learn something, I will learn it, and have taught myself many advanced topics by reading and practicing myself.But this book just seems to leave me much more puzzled than I was before I started it.I also bought the student solutions companion/manual, and it sucks too.As another reviewer says, it skips over multiple problems (i.e. from showing problem 5 to #20).It doesn't explain anything, just basically repeats itself in the same confusing and seemingly unconnected narrative that it uses in the text.

I will never, ever recommend this book.I think it's sad that I am forced to search for other full texts and use other materials when I already have the full text to this AND the supposed study guide and solutions manual.Honestly the best solution/guide that the supplement has been was in helping me to see that it's not just me and the possibility that in this area I'm simply irreversibly dense--it's the strangely unhelpful way that this book was written.

2-0 out of 5 stars book is okay to use.
uhm... the book I get is still can use, but there are too much high light on my book

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics Books are Boring
Good deal on this college physics book. However, don't let the cover fool you - it is actually full of useful physics information, not fun (and cool) things about wingsuit flying. ... Read more

9. Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching
by Randall D. Knight
Paperback: Pages (2002-09-29)
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Asin: 0805387021
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Five Easy Lessions: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching

  • "An invaluable resource for any instructor interested in creating a physics class where students are actively engaged in learning and applying physics. The book is filled with specific suggestions on teaching individual topics in addition to an excellent summary and overview of teaching strategies based on physics education research." — Michael Read, College of the Siskiyous, CA
  • "One of the most complete and helpful books on teaching introductory physics that I have ever come across. Not only does it provide thoughtful suggestions about how to improve your course topic by topic, it provides a marvelous primer on educational research into how students learn (or fail to learn) physics." — Dale Pleticha, Gordon College, MA
  • "I have used the great ideas from this book over the last few years. It contains excellent summaries of research into students' learning and offers lots of helpful and specific advice on how to bring the ideas that have emerged from this research into your classroom. It is a valuable resource for improving students' learning." — Larry Lonney, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching is a paperback book packed with creative tips on how instructors can enhance and improve their physics class instruction techniques. It's an invaluable companion to Randy Knight's Physics for Scientists and Engineers — or for any physics course.

Randy Knight has taught introductory physics for more than 20 years at Ohio State University and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he is currently Professor of Physics. Professor Knight received a bachelor's degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State, under the mentorship of Professor Leonard Jossem, that he began to learn about the research in physics education that, many years later, led to this book. Professor Knight's research interests are in the field of lasers and spectroscopy. He recently led the effort to establish an environmental studies program at Cal Poly, where, in addition to teaching introductory physics, he also teaches classes on energy, oceanography, and environmental issues. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Teaching Physics
I have been teaching phyiscs for about 20 years and was unaware of the research done in education in this area. This book will help me to breathe new vigor into my courses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Resource I've Found
I don't know if I would call these lessons easy, but they certainly are successful.

This book is simply amazing. It starts with an overview of pedagogical methods for teaching physics, ideas for general teaching philosophy, and research-based active learning techniques. Once it gets into the nitty gritty of the topics, it goes through every topic pointing out common misconceptions students have, ways to gently convince them that they are wrong (conventional physics education may teach them how to use equations, but it doesn't change anything about how they think the world works) and nudge them towards the correct intuition.

I just finished going through yet another day of electric field and potential with my physics students, and the activities he suggests really helped them grasp these intangible concepts and how they interact.

I would have never thought of the things in this book on my own, but once I got it I immediately tossed "talking-head" lectures out the window and now my students do physics WITH me and solve problems together and get instant feedback on problems to keep them on the path I want them to be on. If you teach physics at any level, this book is helpful for combating incorrect "knowns" about the universe, but it is utterly invaluable if you teach at the honors or college level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics meets Active Learning
Physics is hard.This makes it easier.

Thankfully, another professor lent me his copy of this book when I first started teaching Introductory Physics otherwise I would have been sunk.After three years, I still read the corresponding chapter from this book before preparing a chapter for the class.There are so many useful tidbits which have helped my students.

Knight has combined physics education research with active learning methods to help students to learn both concepts and problem-solving. And he has done so in a concise, relevant text for teachers.

As frustrated as I am with many of my student's inability to grasp physics, they are far, far better off than if I had not been given this book.Every physics teacher should have a well-worn copy on their desk!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good insights
It was very valuable to read, in some detail, how another teacher approaches the craft of teaching Physics. Knight is very accurate in his descriptions of student misconceptions. Before I began to teach each unit of study, I consulted this book to gain some fresh ideas and insights. I was never disappointed.He also provides specific examples of problems that he uses in the classroom, and exam questions.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for successful physics instruction
I found this book invaluable for teaching my AP Physics class. It lays out inquiry based instruction for all levels of physics and backs its claims with physics education research. This book additionally discusses particular subjects within the physics curriculum and defines the misconceptions that students often bring to the classroom. Prior know of these misconceptions helps the instruction in lesson planning and labs. ... Read more

10. Exact Space-Times in Einstein's General Relativity (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics)
by Jerry B. Griffiths, Jirí Podolský
Hardcover: 544 Pages (2009-11-16)
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Einstein's theory of general relativity is a theory of gravity and, as in the earlier Newtonian theory, much can be learned about the character of gravitation and its effects by investigating particular idealized examples. This book describes the basic solutions of Einstein's equations with a particular emphasis on what they mean, both geometrically and physically. New concepts, such as big bang and big crunch-types of singularities, different kinds of horizons and gravitational waves, are described in the context of the particular space-times in which they naturally arise. These notions are initially introduced using the most simple and symmetric cases. Various important coordinate forms of each solution are presented, thus enabling the global structure of the corresponding space-time and its other properties to be analyzed. The book is an invaluable resource both for graduate students and academic researchers working in gravitational physics. ... Read more

11. The Physics of Golf
by Theodore P. Jorgensen
Paperback: 210 Pages (1999-03-26)
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Asin: 038798691X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Improve your golf game by learning the underlying fundamentals of the golf swing in this acclaimed, unique contribution to the sport. Finally, you’ll understand: -why shortening your backswing doesn’t substantially decrease clubhead velocity -what components contribute to the optimal swing and what variations are acceptable -how and why properly shifting your weight adds to distance -why a golf ball behaves and spins as it doesand much more.

Written by a physicist after some twenty years of research, Physics of Golf is the only book devoted exclusively to explaining the science behind a successful golf game. Technical appendices offer details for the so inclined. The revised and expanded second now offers you:-new material on high-tech club designs -a complete new chapter on short putts -additional applications of physics to the problems every player faces. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars very dated
This book was written before video and computational power was easily available. It is quite dated and it is also just not written that well. As a trained physicist myself, I was hoping for some clearer insights into the nature of the swing, but I think the book was just written too early, before it was really possible to analyze swings in real detail.

3-0 out of 5 stars Review of The Physics of Golf
The Physics of Golf I my mind was a very good book, challenging at times, but still a good book. I learned a lot about golf that I didn't know before hand, like how much aerodynamics plays in the final product of the shot. Like if the number of dimples isn't just right, it could change the shot dramatically. Also, being an amateur golfer myself, I know what Jorgensen is talking about when he makes the reference to the double pendulum, because I have been coached to do that and that one could get more power out of the double pendulum method. The pendulum method is simple as Jorgensen states, that what must come up, must come down on the exact path that the golfer came down on, to, as Jorgensen puts it, more torque out of the swing.

One of the biggest flaws I think in this book is that the lack of quality to the illustrations. Most of the illustrations and graphs that the book has doesn't fully explain the detail that the author describes. Another flaw I found within this book was that the author had all this material about the golf swing but he didn't share most of it with his readers. He could have gone about 3-400 pages with all that material but I don't see why he didn't.

But with the negativity that goes with this book comes greater parts about the book that make it insightful and intelligent. Instead of the old fashioned way of saying "Well, this, this, this, and this is wrong with your swing" Jorgensen finds the hidden details written inside of a professionals swing. He tells you what makes a professional swing much greater than your own and what they do that makes them so great. Jorgensen also says in The Physics of Golf that the average tour pro can deliver up to 2 horsepower with just a swing of a club. I now realized this out of the golf course and now shooting much lower that before.
So if your looking for an insightful read that is both intelligent and insightful, get this book. I found it a little tough without a back round in physics, but rest assured I found this book very good

3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Answer The Big Question
As a golf instructor with an educational background in Physics, I enjoyed going through the technical aspects of this book. I enjoyed Dr. Jorgenson's take on the game of golf and some of his personal experiences. He has analysed the various levers and moves and reduced everything to mathematical formulas so that presumably quantities could be inserted in the equations to see what effect differences for weight, speed, force, etc. would have on the outcome. As for the outcome everyone is looking for, he never answers the question that I'm sure everybody has, namely, "what do I need to change to get more distance".

2-0 out of 5 stars Valid as far as it goes
What Jorgensen did was concentrate on the easily observed movements of one expert golfer, i.e. the movement of the forearms and upper-arms, leading shoulder, and feet and legs, and presented nothing new or really helpful.
He made no comments on what Sam Snead called "all the swing" -- rhythm and timing, and no observation of the most important parts of the body, the hands. Hand-eye coordination is THE essential element of golfing talent, but even with great hand-eye coordination, you have to know what to do with the hands.

3-0 out of 5 stars shipping charge
I ordered two books at a same time to save international shipping charge.As you know, international shipping charge is very expensive.The price of two books was $25, but intenational shipping charge was $22 for two packages.
If you sent books in a package, I could save my money. ... Read more

12. Physics: for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Third Edition
by Paul M. Fishbane, Stephen Gasiorowicz, Steve Thornton
Hardcover: 1440 Pages (2004-06-19)
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For Calculus-based Physics courses.This text is designed for a calculus-based physics course at the beginning university and college level. It is written with the expectation that students have either taken or are currently taking a beginning course in calculus. Students taking a physics course based on this book should leave with a solid conceptual understanding of the fundamental physical laws and how these laws can be applied to solve many problems. The key word for this edition is "understanding." The third edition of this text remains rigorous while including a number of new pedagogical elements which emphasize conceptual understanding. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book does a very poor job of putting physics in context. It was convoluted and never really explained much. The author spent a lot of time deriving formulas and never telling you what use they were. After using this book I feel like I can explain a lot of mathematical concepts involving physics but can only apply small amounts of that to real world situations. It could have been much better organized as well, it splits uniform circular motion across several sections rather than just covering it in one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great textbook for those willing to learn
Regardless of what the engineering undergrads say, this textbook is great.Previously an engineering undergrad myself - turned physics, this is by far the best physics textbook i've come in contact with. Higher physics textbooks are usually very dry, but this book makes entry level physics fun to learn. The reason all of the engineering undergrads have a problem with this book is because they are used to plugging numbers into equations. If you seek to get an actual UNDERSTANDING of the concepts and wish to brush up on your calculus, this is an excellent book for you. If you don't, I wouldn't recommend this or any other physics textbook.

3-0 out of 5 stars You can understand it, but there are easier ways
I am an engineering student, and this book was the required text for my University Physics course. My teacher sucked big time, and I couldn't grasp ANYTHING from lectures alone. I thought by concentrating on the textbook alone, I could get the material. One thing I can tell you is that if you read the book with utmost concentration, you can understand the material to a moderate level. HOWEVER, this process takes up much of your time, because the book is filled with derivations of several formulae that you don't really need to know, and the syntax can confuse you often. If Physics is your true passion and you WANT to learn EVERYTHING about it (and have enough free time to read through this book without ever feeling a little bored), then this book will be useful for you. Otherwise, you're better off with a study guide and also, another physics text for reference.

1-0 out of 5 stars not meant for learning physics
I had the author of this book as my professor for Physics.We used this textbook and it was just really, a waste of our money. The textbook did nothing to help us learn physics in any way at all.It just confuses you more when the author takes the most complicated path to teach you a concept when it could be explained so much simpler.I had already taken a college-level physics class before this, and there are so many other better textbooks out there than this one. I have to say that they do have colorful and detailed illustrations which sometimes help, but the wording needs much help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelllent for UNIVERSITY CALBRE students...
Unfortunately, more than half the intro students at university are not up to the calibre required by university.These are the type of students who wouldn't like a CALCULUS RALTED introductory to physics textbook (or course for that matter).If you are well versed in physics and calculus from highschool, you should find this book to be very good.It gives u proofs for everything.If you're into plugging formulas into numbers and just solving problems using simple algebra, I suggest you take a look at the WILSON BUFFA textbooks on COLLEGE PHYSICS.If you up to the task of tackling university, this book is very good. ... Read more

13. Schaum's Outline of Physics for Engineering and Science
by Michael Browne
Paperback: 452 Pages (1999-07-29)
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This book will save you time as you master the basics taught in first-year,calculus-based college physics courses. You'll firmly grasp the all-important building blocks needed for every physical science and all branches of engineering. The many problems included with guided solutionsmake this potentially daunting subject much easier. Additional problems with answers give you a chance to reinforce what you've learned and gauge your progress as you go. This next-best thing to a private tutor makes especially clear the topics most students find most difficult. It's ideal for independent study, brushup before an exam, or preparation for the MED-CAT and GRE. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This book is worse than useless
I cannot adequately express the loathing I have for this so-called textbook.I began reading the sections on electromagnetism for review purposes but after finding 20 errors in three chapters I gave up in disgust.And I am neither a professional scientist nor educator.There is no possible excuse that can be given for actually asking somebody to pay any amount of money for this publication.Either the author didn't bother to read the book (hmm, did he even write it?), which is unconscionable, or he did and either didn't see all the errors, or he did and didn't care enough to have them corrected.I can think of no other logical conclusion and, therefore, no possible reason why anyone should consider the purchase of this book to be any sort of benefit in their lives.In fact, Schaum's ought to issue a product recall on this edition as an admission of defective production to scrape some of the egg off of their faces.

I would have given this book a NO-star rating if possible.I repeat (and so have many others), DO NOT BOTHER with this book.Save your money for ANY other physics book on the market.When you are positioned at the bottom of the barrel, any other location on the marketing ladder is an improvement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Simple to Understand
This book is great. It helps you understand difficult topics in such an easy and quick way. It gives you lots of practice problems and solutions to each one. They help you solve problems the easy way.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please proof read before marketing to the public
The book was engaging in the fact that in presented challenging problems and helped the reader work through them but by chapter 10 I just couldn't take all the errors and had to put it down.There are numerous misprints for example problem 5.8 They set the problem up correctly but then clearly wrote the wrong answer (56,000 x 0.05 is not 2300).They misprint the number 34 with a 134 in problem 5.12 but then solve correctly, 5.17 they subtract m2g from m2a incorrectly but the next line reverse it.problem 5.19 when taking the derivitive of a sin they write the answer as sin, but the next line change it to cos. This is all very confusing if you are just learning the material, and the mistakes are everywhere.It becomes very time consuming to check and recheck answers just to find the book was wrong.This is the first schaum's outline I bought and will not buy another.

1-0 out of 5 stars Should be Recalled
I bought this book for my high school AP Physics child; it is almost evil to have a student suffer through wrong answers. I bought the book at Barnes and Noble and have returned it to them.I made a grat case for B&N to return all copies to the publisher as a protest.
When my child complained I checked with Amazon for confirmation; one great thing about Amazon is the reviews!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for review for
Aside from the typos (which I have since learned to expect in the Schaum's Outlines), I liked this book.It was concise and provided a means of getting a good review without having to pour through lengthy textbooks.

Sometimes, some steps are skipped from going from one formula to another but filling in those steps helped with the learning process.

Although not a complete study tool for the physics GRE (because it doesn't cover concepts like Lagrangians or advanced quantum mechanics that are found on the physics GRE), I definitely used it in conjunction with my undergraduate textbooks and I'm convinced it did help me with the physics GRE.

I wasn't particularly fond of his treatment of interference but I think he did a really great job with rotational kinematics and nuclear physics.But overall, a good review of physical concepts.

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14. 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

15. Fundamentals of Physics, Part 2 (Chapters 12-20) (Chapters 12-20 Pt. 2)
by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker
Paperback: 304 Pages (2004-01-06)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still alive and well
More than thirty years ago, when I was an engineering student, my physics "Bible" was Halliday & Resnick, Physics for Students of Science and Engineering, 1st Edition. This is a book that has aged gracefully. While the basic physics concepts were retained, the examples have been updated in each revision to keep up with the technology advances. Now in its seventh edition since Walker started to collaborate with the previous authors, it is still one of the most enjoyable readings in elementary physics. I recommend it without reservation. ... Read more

16. Brainteaser Physics: Challenging Physics Puzzlers
by Göran Grimvall
Paperback: 176 Pages (2007-01-19)
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Asin: 0801885124
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Does a glass of ice water filled to the brim overflow when the ice melts? Does the energy inside a sauna increase when you heat it up? What's the best way to cool your coffee -- adding the creamer first or last?

These and other challenging puzzlers provide a fresh -- and fun -- approach to learning real physics. Presenting both classic and new problems, Brainteaser Physics challenges readers to use imagination and basic physics principles to find the answers. Göran Grimvall provides detailed and accessible explanations of the solutions, sometimes correcting the standard explanations, sometimes putting a new twist on them. He provides diagrams and equations where appropriate and ends each problem by discussing a specific concept or offering an extra challenge.

With Brainteaser Physics, students and veteran physicists alike can sharpen their critical and creative thinking -- and have fun at the same time.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun brain teaser
The book is interesting for a geek, physics or technically oriented person. Some of the articles are not interesting but many are. It is good at a party or gathering where you want to get people thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars physics for students
I am a Physics teacher. I was looking for a book that had questions that I could use in class to challenge the students. this book fit the bill. It asks good every-day questions with a physics answer. It provides several levels of answers depending on the intellectual level of the students. It is a great question book to open a class with.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun, casual approach to learning the science of physics
BRAINTEASER PHYSICS: CHALLENGING PHYSICS PUZZLERS provides a fun, casual approach to learning the science of physics, through a series of fun question-and-answer 'puzzlers' posing both classic and new problems and answers. Diagrams, equations, and scientific discussions support teach brainteaser with a survey of scientific thinking and concepts, making this perfect for high school or general-interest collections seeking reinforcements to physics principles. ... Read more

17. The Physics of Skiing: Skiing at the Triple Point
by David A. Lind, Scott P. Sanders
Paperback: 266 Pages (2010-11-02)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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"A fascinating look inside the complexities and enjoyment of skiing. For every skier, from the beginner to the Olympic Gold Medalist, this book provides a treasure of information." -PAUL MAJOR, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, U.S. SKI TEAM

"I was delighted to learn from this interesting book more about the physics of a sport I have enjoyed for more than seventy years." -NORMAN RAMSEY, NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
I go skiing at least once a year; I am also a University lecturer in Physics. I bought this book several years ago with the expectation that it would be a fascinating read. Unfortunately, it has failed to "grab" me. Some of the problems are fairly minor: for instance, the illustrations leave a lot to be desired. The references are often not just outdated but also obscure. For example, the main reference to the phase thermodynamics of water is a "US Army Corps of Engineers Special Report No. 81-6" - surely, a more widely-available, mainstream reference could have been found for such a textbook topic! Other problems are more fundamental: (1) The book lacks a unifying approach and a discussion of the basic concepts (this was also pointed out by one of the other reviewers). As a result, it reads more like a collection of disjointed technical notes than a book. (2) It fails to provide any insights into the practise of skiing beyond what one would pick up from a private lesson with an instructor.I am really not sure, what kind of target audience the authors had in mind when writing this book. But I do know that it has not been useful to me either as a skier or as a Physics lecturer.

3-0 out of 5 stars lots of data; lack of concept; slightly out-of-date
I am a firm believer that understanding of the mechanics of a carving ski and of the forces transferred between the skis and the skier as he makes his way down the slope are necessary to better understand why one or another skier's action may help to intiate a turn, or shorten its radius, or, in contrast, will lead to a skidded turn. "The physics of skiing" is the only book I could find which addresses the mechanics and physics of skiing. It starts with the physical properties of snow and its formation in the atmosphere, then discusses the properties of snow equipment (mostly downhill skis, briefly snowboards and cross-country skis), and then goes into dynamics of gliding, wedging, and carving. The book is written as a college textbook with numerous (although fairly simple) equations and diagrams of forces. It requires a sufficiently strong background in physics. Although it contains a large amount of interesting data, I was not quite satisfied with it for two reasons. First, it lacks a concept. It is more a review of different literature sources on skiing-related topics than an analysis combining understanding of physics of skiing with a discussion of how this knowledge is applicable to modern skiing techniques. It provides the readers with the background theory, but does not lead to any suggestions how to benefit from this understanding and improve their skiing technique. Too bad that the authors did not have a good ski instructor in their company to make the book more useful and down-to-earth. Secondly, since it is based on references published between 1977 and 1997, part of the discussion is more applicable to the old almost straight skis than to modern supersidecut skis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Want to Know about Skiis and Snow? This book will tell you
As a ski instructor the subject of how and why these damn things work as well as how to set up your skiis has always been of interest. This book will give you 95% of the answers to those questions. The book covers down hill, cross country as well as a catagory called adventure skiing. I will be ordering extra copies to give to my skiing friends
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18. Physics for Scientists and Engineers (3rd Edition)
by Douglas C. Giancoli
Hardcover: 976 Pages (2000-01-30)
list price: US$174.47 -- used & new: US$68.00
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Asin: 0132431068
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers combines outstanding pedagogy with a clear and direct narrative and applications that draw the reader into the physics. The new edition features an unrivaled suite of media and on-line resources that enhance the understanding of physics. Many new topics have been incorporated such as: the Otto cycle, lens combinations, three-phase alternating current, and many more. New developments and discoveries in physics have been added including the Hubble space telescope, age and inflation of the universe, and distant planets. Modern physics topics are often discussed within the framework of classical physics where appropriate. For scientists and engineers who are interested in learning physics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and broad
It tells you where to start in almost every
important branch of Physics. A lot of colorful
pictures and tables. Answers to the Exercise
problems are provided.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful reference
I started using this book after college days to review some physics topics now and then. It is a complete and helpful reference covering the very broad field of physics. The large quantity of topics are logically structured which becomes apparent when one reads the table of contents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best physics book i've ever read!
Without trying "making" a mountain out of a molehill - this is the best physics book i've ever read! Well written, easy and understandable, everything a teacher or a student hope for...
I just found it when i was "sailing" in MIT web page and somewhere in between this book pop up! It is proposed as a master textbook for the Physics course at EECS. I don't know what Berkley suggests in EECS but i can't think of anything better!

5-0 out of 5 stars Promotes Culture of Free-thinking (Emotional Context) and Well-formed Thoughts
Rational Presentation

Compared to Serway's Text, Giancoli's presentation is a model of rationality.For example, the first 4 chapters are:

Chapter 1 Introduction Measurement, Estimating
Chapter 2 Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension
Chapter 3 Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors
Chapter 4 Dynamics: Newton's Laws of Motion

The order here demonstrates a rational, ordered thought. First, Motion in One Dimesion precedes the chapter on Vectors, unlike in Serway's text.Second, unlike in Serway's text Vectors and Two Dimensions are one chapter not 2.

Good Concept Integration

For example, the introduction of Coulomb's law takes advantage of the opportunity to mention that additional electromagnetic forces exist when charges are in motion.

5-0 out of 5 stars +++++++++Good Calc Based Text -- Modern Phys Lacks a Bit+++++
I've been using this book for years.I really like it a lot.There are many god things about it.It shows how calculus is used to derive formulas (remember less formulas, really) and solve many problems... good examples that are worth noting (so important).The calculus is almost a lack of what you'll see in Calc classes because it's seeing what's going on in a problem and describe it with calculus... mainly using integrals (set up equations with infinitesimals and taking the integral to solve for what you need).It'd be nice to find a good book on this, but anyway, I took advantage of getting the information from instructors who could explain it more thoroughly.If you follow the calc stuff in the book carefully you should get it, but be aware that you can integrate with respect to one of the other variables (like limits of integration with arc length s vice angle theta).Overall, I feel it could explain the calculus even more... then it would be very complete!

I think this book is very well written, clearly presented, and has pretty much all the classic examples and problems.I think it needs to clear up some modern physics stuff, though.I felt a little lost and needed to search other books on that stuff.BTW, it appears there is a new 2007 edition coming out with "Modern Physics" in the title... so that might be the one to get.

Anyhow, I love how this one has been around a while and it's a great reference for Univ Phys material.There are answer key/solution documents going around everywhere, but it would have been nice to see one in pdf format (the word one substitutes fonts and isn't in "pretty print" math format... a good version should be somewhere on the web... else I'm going to make one).Overall, I give this book a 4.75.The student solutions manual might be worth checking out (I didn't go that way).Thanks and best of luck. ... Read more

19. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics: Volume II (3rd Edition) (Physics for Scientists & Engineers)
by Douglas C. Giancoli
Hardcover: 468 Pages (2000-06-18)
list price: US$115.33 -- used & new: US$41.99
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Asin: 0130215198
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers combines outstanding pedagogy with a clear and direct narrative and applications that draw the reader into the physics. The new edition features an unrivaled suite of media and on-line resources that enhance the understanding of physics. Many new topics have been incorporated such as: the Otto cycle, lens combinations, three-phase alternating current, and many more. New developments and discoveries in physics have been added including the Hubble space telescope, age and inflation of the universe, and distant planets. Modern physics topics are often discussed within the framework of classical physics where appropriate. For scientists and engineers who are interested in learning physics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars physics book
very well written.easy to understand. problems at the end of the chapters are very good.5 star +

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Condition
I bought this book to review Electromagnetism, and it is explained here in a very simple and effective way. I use this book in conjunction with online courses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics, Volume II, by Douglas c. Giancoli
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics: Volume II (3rd Edition) (Physics for Scientists & Engineers)

Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics, Volume II, by Douglas c. Giancoli, is a classical amongst the american physics books.

The subjects of Volume II are reaching from the theories of electricity and magnetism to light and optics and from their to the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. During the last chapters the author dives into the world of radioactivity , nuclear energy and elementary particles. The final chapter turns from the ultra small to the greatest known dimensions and phenomena, to the science of cosmology and astrophysics.

The book is suitable for college and university students and provides a state of art introduction into every subject.

The design follows recent american nature science book style, full color throughout, diagrams, many photographs and sketches improve the understanding. A set of physics video clips is available. The book itself is a classroom and brings the physics laboratory onto the students desk.

The explanations motivate the student to do practical work on the subject, to take the objects of physics in hand.

Usefull also for students of all faculties it provides a straight forward understanding for the entire basic physics.

When introducing Gauss's Law and Maxwell's Equation with the related integral calculus , the author draws a chain of mountains into the great number of easy arithemtic physics equations.

The change in level of mathematical expertise is sudden and extensive, from standard algebraic equations a lift up to advanced methods and equations of modern calculus in physics. At least two chapters of the book are a motivation for the physics student to spend some time with higher mathematics. The author intends to show to the student that the entire higher physics is even so a type of higher mathematics, so as a provocation and as a challenge.

The great number of properly explained fundamental phenomena of physics provide an appropriate base for such higher physics studyings. This is exactly where this book is positioned and where it has its value.

The subjects special relativity theory and quantum mechanics are handled on an introductional level, with very less mathematics. The author tries to give a first insight.

The book is very suitable for students who have a real interest in physics and who want to reach a profound understanding of its fundaments. ... Read more

20. Physics Demystified : A Self-Teaching Guide (Demystified)
by Stan Gibilisco
Paperback: 599 Pages (2002-08-01)
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* Unlike most books on the topic, this one utilizes a "top down" approach--general concepts are presented first and details follow
* For the most user-friendly and clear style possible, formulas and equations are used when necessary, but mathematics does not overwhelm the presentation ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Physics - Great Help for kids
Added to Library with other books to help communicate ideas and thoughts to kids.Variety in communicating is a great way to see other angles to help kids figure out how things work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mistakes continue
Sadly, this book continues the misinformation of his prior book on relativity.He is completely unqualified on the subject, and gets it wrong from the very first concept: simultaneity.He states that two clocks can only be synchronized if they are right next to each other, and that the finite speed of light prevents synchronization at a distance.This is patently false.Any college physics book, and some high school ones, explain this topic correctly.I'm surprised it is so easy to publish a book on physics, without it ever being edited by anyone knowledgeable in physics.

1-0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
I knew physics was going to be difficult for me, this book made it worse. it spends a greater part of the book going over basics of math up to trig. all the way to chapter 7 almost (half the book!!!)its all basics and hardly any physics.concepts covered were not detailed enough and I found the quizzes useless since information to accomplish them were vague and useless. oh well .... I'll take it again next semester.

***Personally, I suggest you visit your local borders etc... and spend an hour or so reading through it to see if it suits your needs.... that's just me ... I wish I had!***

1-0 out of 5 stars disaster on wheels
If you want to "teach" physics to a parrot
this is the book to use.There is no insight,
no derivations, no guiding principles.To make
matters worse the so-called problems often consist
of nothing but shuffling powers of ten to convert
from one measurement system to another - making the
work about the units and not about the physics.
Utterly deplorable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good introductory text and refresher.
This is a good text for someone like myself who has been away from physics for a while.Things are explained quite well using algebra and trig.There is no calculus that I could identify.

I found that using this book along with the "Physics Tutor" DVD was a good way for me to recall stuff long forgotten and some things that I never understood to begin with. All in all a good introductory text and guide book but this is no substitute for a "real" college level physics textbook like "Physics: Principles with Applications" by Giancoli. ... Read more

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