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1. The new physics and its evolution
2. Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific
3. Physics For Dummies
4. Schaum's Outline of College Physics,
5. Physics for Future Presidents:
6. Cracking the SAT Physics Subject
7. Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching
8. 3,000 Solved Problems in Physics
9. Conceptual Physics (11th Edition)
10. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration
11. The Physics of Miracles: Tapping
12. Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters
13. The Cartoon Guide to Physics
14. Physics Essentials For Dummies
15. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics B&C,
16. Physics Workbook For Dummies
17. Physics for Scientists and Engineers:
18. Homework Helpers: Physics (Homework
19. Kaplan SAT Subject Test Physics
20. Physics: Why Matter Matters!

1. The new physics and its evolution
by Lucien Antoine Poincaré
Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-08-24)
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Asin: 1177668610
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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During the last ten years so many works have accumulated in the domain of Physicsand so many new theories have been propoundedthat those who follow with interest the progress of scienceand even some professed scholarsabsorbed as they are in their own special studiesfind themselves at sea in a confusion more apparent than real. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific Philosophy, just as valid as ever, fantastic.
This was written about 101 years ago as I write this review. The science documented in this book is fascinating in it's own right, but that is not the reason you should read this book. The snapshot of science as it existed is also fascinating. The use of the English language is extraordinarily clear to me, even though the phrasing seems quaint. It is very clear that much effort went into word and phrase choices to get just the right idea across. Words are used efficiently. There are no wasted words.
But none of that is what's most important to me. What is really astonishing, and appropriate especially for modern audiences, is the authors philosophical approach to what science really is. Is science the curiosity itch getting scratched? Is science the mundane application of the "scientific method"? Is science the production quotient of associate professors? Is science simply adding to human knowledge? It is none of the above. Science results when engineers ask for "a better light" and the "physicists" labor to get him that. Science results when doctors ask "how does this remedy work?" and the chemical "physicists" labor diligently to figure it out. In his mind, science is mostly physicists. But it also includes the "educated, erudite amateur" who "strives to understand" the modern developments in the scientific world. He states that "complicated physical models" deter "all but the boldest of human minds". He does not criticize the models at all, just notes that all but very bold minds are deterred. What is really cool is that he can see eras in human history where scientists have declared victory over their fields, in that the scientists of historical times seemed to have felt that all of science was laid clear, and that there were no more mysteries to analyze. This scientific hubris has been punished time and again with old theories laid waste with new discoveries. He is completely aware that of all the modern discoveries, many will be laid to waste with more modern work. This is perfectly clear with his many faceted deliberations on the "ether". The "ether" is mentioned again and again. As the scientists of 1909 struggle with the "ether" again and again, it is clear to us in hindsight that the struggles were because there is no ether. I think they understood that of all the possible results of their labors, an understanding that there is no ether at all would have made sense to them, but they really struggled with it.
It is also very interesting to note that almost every theory discussed in the book has a name attached to it. In other words, you wouldn't say "gravitational theory", you would say "gravitational theory of Newton". You wouldn't say, for instance, discovery of the gamma rays. You would say, instead, "discovery of the gamma rays of Madame Curie". In scientific communication, this would immediately let your reader know that you were talking about the Rays that Madame Curie was laboring to investigate, and all she has written about it. The science is, therefore, quite tightly attached to the person and personality of those people who investigated it. Nowadays, with science by committee, hundreds of co-authors, and funding by agencies, this personal attachment to scientific advance is completely gone. Just imagine someone saying, for instance, the "Standard Model" of Feynman of particle physics. Or, the "Black Holes of Hawking". Maybe Hawking's black holes are sufficiently different from the "Chicago School's" black holes, but we just don't speak like that anymore. Reading this book is, therefore, Nostalgic on a very large scale.
I think that this book should be required reading of college students of science and history and communication. It is that important.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics of 100 years ago
This is a very nice book which concentrates on what was known in the field of physics in the first decade of the 20th century. When it was written (1909,) radium and X-rays had recently been discovered, and physicists were still trying to explain the mysterious ether. In his forward the author says that the reader need not know anything about physics to understand what he writes, and that is largely true, but the more you know before reading the better you'll understand the details. The table of contents tells exactly what is in each chapter, but it isn't active, so you have to search for what you want. The TOC says that there's an index of names and an index of subjects at the end of the book, but they aren't there.

I love reading these old science books because I find it fascinating to see how much was known about the sciences in previous centuries, and how accurate their findings were. It's interesting to read about things which were believed at the time, but which we now know don't exist, like ether and N-rays. I'm surprised that there's no mention of Einstein in this book, since his Special Theory of Relativity was published in 1905.

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2. Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
by Michio Kaku
Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-04-07)
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Asin: 0307278824
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Physics f the Impossible
As with the rest of the Kaku books and videos this is perfect non math major work.I love reading about quantum physics and theory of everything stuff so this was a joy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for science-fiction enthusiasts, but some topics of interest were omitted
This is a good book that will be sure to enthrall science fiction enthusiasts. The subject matter is about as interesting as it gets. As other reviewers have noted, Michio Kaku is talented in storytelling, and in reducing highly complex topics into analogies, comparisons, and other communication devices that the reader can understand - well, sort of, at least. For those who have watched Through the Wormhole and similar programs on TV, the subject matter follows suit closely in this book.

There are a couple of topics that I was disappointed not to see addressed in the book, given that - at least to me - they would have seemed in-scope. One is personal human flight (a la Daedalus and Icarus of Greek mythology). Among the "physical impossibles", this is perhaps the oldest and most deeply held human desire of all. I have read that if humans ever colonize the moon and build aerated gymnasium-like spaces, then they will be able to strap wings on and fly around at will, courtesy of the moon's weak gravity. I would be curious to hear the author's comment on the feasibility of that. Along those lines, the subject of flying cars could have been covered also, though maybe this isn't in-scope for the book since these are no longer viewed as technically impossible, but rather just needing an economic and/or social justification.

The second omitted topic is out-of-body consciousness. Very indirectly, the author touches on this subject in the chapter on parallel universes, when he mentions religious concepts of heaven. However, I think out-of-body experiences have been reported absent the spectrum of near-death-experiences that most readers are familiar with. Maybe this is too complex and emotional a topic to be covered in this book, I don't know.

Also, I have a comment regarding the chapter on psychokinesis and its sub-topic - molecular fabricators - i.e. the concept of rearranging molecules and atoms so as to create an object, or change one thing to another. The author comments that it could eliminate poverty and rearrange notions of scarcity and hierarchy in society. That is no doubt partially true, but somehow I think society would still find a way to stratify its "haves" and "have nots". Perhaps gold would become the new exclusive measure of wealth (unless the technology could create gold atoms rather than just rearrange existing atoms). Or social status could be based on land ownership, or knowledge, or access to the technology or the required raw materials, or anything else not able to be directly addressed by the molecular fabricator itself.

Despite the omitted topics, I still would give this book 5 stars - mainly because of the highly interesting and complex nature of the subject matter, and the author's skill in taking it on so convincingly.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Michio Kaku And His World(s) of Science
BookTV is showing an InDepth interview of Michio Kaku done October 3, 1010. This is my first exposure to him and to his ideas and naturally, I am in awe; grateful too for his easy ability to bridge his world of physics to this little layperson. I immediately came here to order at least one of his books, and find out more about Dr. Kaku and his books written for the general public. I want to thank Amazon and the reviewers here for having the rating bar graph and forum for input. All is thoughtfully done, and helpful...thank you. So, my review is more a comment with gratitude attached for this review process available. To mention, if you can make the time, this InDepth interview gives three and a half hours, (booktv.org), of this amazing author and theoretical physicist talking about science in quite an engaging, personable way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics all in words
Some of the other "popular" accounts of physics look like daunting text books compared to this diagram and math free book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Most interesting science book I've read in a while
I really thought this book was good.I really liked the concept of three different types of impossibilities.He wrote about the science of what was entailed of popular sci-fi things in a way that I could follow 99% of the time.The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is that I felt that he sometimes talked about the sci-fi stuff too much when I wanted him to get on and talk about the science behind it.However I definitely recommend. ... Read more

3. Physics For Dummies
by Steve Holzner
Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-11-28)
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Does just thinking about the laws of motion make your head spin? Does studying electricity short your circuits? Do the complexities of thermodynamics cool your enthusiasm?

Thanks to this book, you don’t have to be Einstein to understand physics. As you read about Newton’s Laws, Kepler’s Laws, Hooke’s Law, Ohm’s Law, and others, you’ll appreciate the For Dummies law: The easier we make it, the faster people understand it and the more they enjoy it! Whether you’re taking a class, helping kids with homework, or trying to find out how the world works, this book helps you understand basic physics. It covers:

  • Measurements, units, and significant figures
  • Forces such as displacement, speed, and acceleration
  • Vectors and physics notation
  • Motion, energy, and waves (sound, light, wave-particle)
  • Solids, liquids, and gases
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Relativity
  • Atomic and nuclear structures

Steven Holzner, Ph.D. earned his B.S. at MIT and his Ph.D. at Cornell, where he taught Physics 101 and 102 for over 10 years. He livens things up with cool physics facts, real-world examples, and simple experiments that will heighten your enthusiasm for physics and science. The book ends with some out-of-this world physics that will set your mind in motion:

  • The possibility of wormholes in space
  • The Big Bang
  • How the gravitational pull of black holes is too strong for even light to escape

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Aid.
I bought this book as an aid for the course that the author use to teach at Cornell -- an autotutorial physics course. It is very helpful with extra examples and straight-forward explanations. It does not have problems in it, but I knew that and did not need them. It is also in the same order as the textbook for my class (College Physics), which makes it easy to follow along.

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics needed for school
We had to order this book for school. We only just started using it, so far so good! It seems easy to read and follow.

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I recently purchased the book "Physics for Dummies" for my daughter who was struggling in her physics class. She says that it has been very helpful to her. Though she told me that it hasn't taught her anything new, it has helped her to make better sense of things that she has already learned.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for students
I bought this for my armchair science hobby and it's ok for that purpose I suppose. It's more suited for students that are still in school with a fresh understanding of math as that is what physics is mostly. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone just interested in broad scientific knowledge as it's mainly just learning equations and such.

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.

I Love Physics - Great Help for kids ... Read more

4. Schaum's Outline of College Physics, 10th edition (Schaum's Outline Series)
by Frederick Bueche, Eugene Hecht
Paperback: 437 Pages (2005-11-15)
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Asin: 0071448144
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Confusing Textbooks?

Missed Lectures?

Tough Test Questions?

Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's Outlines. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

This Schaum's Outline gives you

  • Practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge
  • Coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field
  • In-depth review of practices and applications

Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time-and get your best test scores!

Schaum's Outlines-Problem Solved.

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5-0 out of 5 stars All you need for Intro or AP Physics
I have a BSc and a lot of graduate work in Physics so when I started home schooling my son for the AP Physics B exam I got some standard texts - Sears and Zemansky (11th edition), and Giancoli, and some AP study guides - and Schaum's.I gave up on the others and am sticking with Schaum's.My son is working hard but getting it.I know from having tried them early on that he would have had no chance with the expensive standard texts or the study guides alone.The way to do Physics is to do Physics and that means solving problems, seeing how to solve problems, and then solving more problems.All the pretty pictures and clever "aids" are useless.Problems, problems, problems.Then more problems.See a pattern here?This has a lot of problems, many are worked out in detail, and then problems like those are given with just the answers.After we finish this we will work on the the study guides which look useful, just 'sketchy' on the basics - they are only review books, after all.

Even if you are in a calculus-based physics class, Schaum's will answer 80%-90% of your homework questions. You could probably get a A or B+ in a calc-based class with just this book alone.

The Schaum's outline series books in math got me through an MA program in Math at University of Wisconsin.Now I wonder why the other texts even bother.

4-0 out of 5 stars Predictable Quality
As always with the Shaum's outline series, this book is exactly what I expected: a good , concise overview of the subjects and lots and lots of exercises.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than it looks
I hide this in my desk at work but sometimes use it for a quick reference either just before or just after engineering meetings and it sometimes gets me back up to speed on areas that I had forgotten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does the job
I'm coming from a bit of a different direction than most other reviews. I have plenty of mathematics experience and would have preferred the calculus based guide. However, that got such bad reviews that I opted for this one. My intent was to get up to speed on the basics of physics, which for some reason I was completely ignorant of. You don't need calculus for that. I'm starting to play around with electronics for the purposes of embedded development with PIC chips. With that said, this book did the trick. Not just as a supplement for a class but as a primer. It is short on conceptual explanations but much can be found in the worked problems. You may have to supplement with some instructional youtube videos if you're not taking a class and don't have a more hefty textbook to refer to for a more intuitive grasp of the concepts. Another plus is this book is 12$ from Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Grade Booster
I bought this because I have been struggling in my Physics w/ Calculus course at my university.Quite simply, after purchasing this guide and studying it for a good hour or two before the exam (I had neither gone to class recently nor done the homework for weeks) my grade on the test was the avg grade for the class: 74%.I am fairly convinced that without this guide I would have failed miserably.The examples in the book are extremely helpful and correlate almost exactly to the examples that my teacher routinely uses and draws upon.Without a doubt, for the current price you cannot beat this deal.The increase in productivity is amazing compared to simply studying a standard textbook. ... Read more

5. Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
by Richard A. Muller
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-09-21)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“A triumph.”—Steve Weinberg, Boston GlobeThis is “must-have” information for all presidents—and citizens—of the twenty-first century: Is Iran’s nascent nuclear capability a genuine threat to the West? Are biochemical weapons likely to be developed by terrorists? Are there viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government? Should nuclear power be encouraged? Can global warming be stopped? 73 figures and illustrations ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Honest leftist professor teaches the physics behind important policy areas
I find it highly comical that the negative reviews come from obvious progressive environmentalists and global warming alarmists.The author is a Prius driving Berkeley professor, not a conservative of any stripe. There is a lot of "physics for poets" level of education on the science behind important areas of policy concern, largely related to energy, the military and the environment.It is sound and level headed, with great effort on the part of the author to stick to the science and avoid political bias.

That isn't to say he avoided policy entirely or was necessarily correct everywhere.His section on global warming points out some of the big exaggerations of the Al Gore alarmist crowd, including for example the suppression of the Medival warming period in the infamous hockey stick chart hoax.The author states his belief that global warming is a real problem, but worries that the hyperbole will cause loss of credibility when the public figures out it was duped in a number of areas.I don't think the author fully appreciates the potential danger for destroying the credibility of science in general rather than just in this particular policy area.Until there is a deeply serious, intellectually honest top to bottom reassessment of the science behind global warming this risk remains.It is the equivalent for science of the sex scandals for the Catholic church.Very damaging in a fundamental way to an otherwise worthy institution.

His greatest contribution on the topic of energy in my view is some simple calculations showing that small improvements in energy efficiency every year coupled with lowered population growth mean that it is entirely feasible for the entire population of the planet to enjoy first world living standards over time with less global energy consumption than we have today.His prescriptions on how to go about this energy efficiency might be off a bit, but directionally correct.He also repeats what most savvy observers say that what really matters is what happens in India and China.The global warming regulations in my own state of California may destroy our economy, but they won't matter a bit even if you buy into global warming alarmist theory completely.

1-0 out of 5 stars A No-Go
This book is very dull. The content is dry and based on the author's personal theories and opinions, not facts.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
After reading this book, I have to say that it was pretty informative. I am not a scientist, but it was completely understandable, and didn't go overboard on chalk-board explanations.

While I am sure I am not politically on the same side as the author - which means I did not agree with some of his conclusions - he at least acknowledged they were his opinions and did realize there are differing views. For the most part, I didn't see any political spin in the book, which was refreshing.

To that end, it is a useful book when I get into discussion with my politically opposite friends, as this book was written by one of "them", and he debunks a lot of the drivel you hear these days from that side.

All in all, not a bad book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
I bought this book mainly because it had a chapter on energy and I'm very interested in that subject area.After reading the book I would have to agree with many of the comments that say this author has a bias and also it would appear some sort of axe to grind with Al Gore.I will try not to touch on what has already been said about the inadequacies of the book.

The most important topic I believe is energy and in this book the author dedicates only three chapters to this very complex problem.One key issue is oil depletion which really if you want to have any insight you must get a book that is totally about oil depletion.On this subject one of my complaints is that the author talks about converting coal to oil.The issue I have is that the author did not talk about any of the environmental consequences that would arise from making coal into oil.The biggest one that even a 5th grader would ask is what is that going to do for the fresh water supplies that are more important to life that would be need for this coal to oil process.

One other issue on the energy front that I think the author simplified way to much is the use of the automobile.While I agree that conservation is the best way to approach the energy problem, the author talks a great deal about putting more technology into vehicles to make them more efficient.The author did not mention the easiest and cheapest way to conserve: walking, biking, riding a bus, and basically relocalizing our living arrangement.Relocalizing is going to happen whether we like it or not so I advise looking into books about this subject.

This is the first review of a book that I have ever been compelled to write.I think these are very complex issues (except for 9/11 conspiracy bunking) and each one should have had a book unto itself.This book doesn't even have any references listed to back up the authors statements.Do yourself a favor and by a nice bottle of wine instead of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
Terrific book.it has cost me a fortune, because I have bought so many copies for my friends... ... Read more

6. Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test, 2009-2010 Edition (College Test Preparation)
by Princeton Review
Paperback: 528 Pages (2009-03-10)
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Asin: 0375429115
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Princeton Review realizes that acing the SAT Physics Subject Test is very different from earning straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about physics—only the techniques and information you’ll need to maximize your score. In Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test, we’ll teach you how to think like the test writers and

·Master test taking strategies that will improve your score
·Use targeted review techniques to crack mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics, modern physics, and other complex topics
·Perfect your test taking skills with practice questions and detailed answers and explanations

The 2009-2010 edition of Cracking the SAT Physics Subject Test also includes 2 full-length practice tests. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Used test practice books aren't very usable
I purchased this used book from Amazon fulfillment, not from a third party. Used practice test books seem to have the answers already circled. Therefore, they are sometimes unusable as a real test. I have encountered this problem multiple times. Beware!!!!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Too much emphases on equations/formulas
My freshman daughter used this book to prepare.In her words,"The practice tests in the Princeton Review were nothing like the actual SAT test."The practice tests are based more knowing equations and formulas rather than conceptual problems as found in the SAT.She spent much of her time studying equations that weren't on the SAT.She still scored above 700 which she attributed to classroom learning.It's a good book for covering topics that you haven't studied previously, but "you can learn that from any physics book."I guess the bottom line is, if your physics class every topic in the SAT, this book won't be of much help.Perhaps it's a good book for reviewing.Just don't focus on equations and such.

5-0 out of 5 stars A concise SAT Physics Subject Test book
This book covers all the major SAT Physics Subject Test topics. It will be very easy for you to read and practice if you have taken a one-year introductory course in physics (including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and miscellaneous topics). If your physics course in high school has only covered mechanics, then you will need a regular physics textbook instead of an SAT physics book to learn electricity and magnetism and miscellaneous topics by yourself before you take the SAT Physics Subject Test.

For AP Physics B or C Test, this book will not have in-depth coverage. Instead, The Princeton Review's AP Physics B or C book will be highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this to prepare for SAT physics; it covers areas not in the AP books!
My son has taken both the SAT Subject Test in Physics and the AP Physics C exam this spring. We got a study guide for each, since the SAT Subject Test covers some information that is not on the AP exam. This book helped him review Thermodynamics and Optics, which were not on the AP test. It was worth getting for that purpose alone.

But it would not have been enough to get just one book; he needed the AP book for the level C test, since it involves use of calculus (unlike the SAT Subject Test and the B level AP test). We don't have his scores yet, but he thinks he did well and found both Princeton Review books to be helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good~
The shipping time was pretty fair...
Also I liked the organization of the book....

Overall, this book is just Great. ... Read more

7. 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

8. 3,000 Solved Problems in Physics (Schaum's Solved Problems) (Schaum's Solved Problems Series)
by AlvinHalpern, Alvin Halpern
Paperback: Pages (1988-03-01)
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Solved Problem Series

These books help readers review and master what they've learned by showing them how to solve thousands of relevant problems. Perfect for preparing for graduate or professional exams, these detailed reminders of problem-solving techniques show readers the best strategies for answering even the toughest questions, including the types that appear on typical tests. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Works for me!
I've had the book for two weeks and already find it an important part of my course materials.Like we have all experienced, not all professors are created equally.Where the textbook and instruction fail me, this book helps me understand some of the more difficult concepts through example.Though not perfect due to clumsy formatting, I would reccomend this to anyone.

Brief synopsis of relevant formulas and definitions of key concepts for each chapter.
Good diagrams.
Clearly explained solutions.

Limited problems: though they can't fit every single problem ever encountered a few more would have been nice.
Clumsy formatting: instead of having a list of problems in each section, the problems are just one after another in no apparent order forcing you to flip through an entire chapter to find a problem you could find useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
The problems for each topic start out easy and then get more difficult, so you can get a lot of practice, which is how one develops proficiency in physics problems.I was stumped on a kinetics problem in my textbook...they only gave the answer in that particular section, and not the solution, so I looked in Schaum's and found the same type of problem.So I was able to see how my textbook worked out the problem, and thus I was no longer stumped. The solutions are explained well, so I feel that I have gained a better understanding of the concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Set of Physics Problems
I give almost all Schaum's Outlines and Solved Problems Series a perfect 5 stars.They are indispensable in learning how to solve math, science, and engineering problems. This particular Schaum's has 3000 solved elementary physics problems (no subject outlines), with numerous beautiful illustrations.I skimmed the first 32 chapters and then read the remaining 7 chapters carefully; there are very few typos (e.g., a missing devisor in problem 34.91).The only issue on content I have is with the Special Relativity equation for relativistic mass, given in section 37.2Here, the author repeats the same mistake as practically every other author, claiming that the mass goes to infinity as the speed goes to c.This is patently nonsensical; what really happens is that the force goes to zero.(The basic equation is a = F/m; if a goes to zero, we can say that m goes to infinity, which makes no sense, or we can say that F goes to zero, which makes perfect sense.)Other than that slip, which is common to other books in this subject area, the work is splendid.

5-0 out of 5 stars a life saver for physics class!
my professor pretty much leaves it up to us to learn the material for the tests.Since our textbook is extremely unhelpful, I needed something else to coach me through the problems! The 3000 Physics Problems Solved book gave me the practice and explanations that I needed.After our first test, the class average was a 68/100.I scored a 100!This book is worth it!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Physics Cocktail
The Schaum's 3000 Solved Problems is a very useful way to mix ability levels, and variety. However, it does not offer chapter by chapter quick notes like other Schaum's. So, if you don't have many of the skills or understanding when entering a problem you must refer to a text. The best thing about this book is that it offers a lot of problems in many areas so that a student may quickly find and target areas for review. My biggest peeve about help books is that the reader is bound to see problems from their own text time after time, and each of those problems is wasted energy. Always consult your text and then supplement this text for variety, but not authority. Learn from the in class text as much as possible because this book is the cut and dry mathematics. Overall, it's great for practice tests and helps here and there, which is more than what I can say about other books. ... Read more

9. Conceptual Physics (11th Edition)
by Paul G. Hewitt
Hardcover: 816 Pages (2009-11-05)
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Since defining this course 30 years ago, Paul Hewitt’s best-selling book continues to be the benchmark book that two-thirds of professors use and by which all others are judged. In Conceptual Physics, Eleventh Edition Paul Hewitt shows how a compelling book and the most advanced media can be integrated to empower professors as they bring physics to life for non-science majors, both in and out of class. For the Eleventh Edition, Hewitt helps readers connect physics to their everyday experiences and the world around them, and provides additional help on solving mathematical problems.


Hewitt’s book is famous for engaging readers with analogies and imagery from real-world situations that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. With this strong foundation, readers are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and are motivated to explore the thought-provoking exercises and fun projects in each chapter. The new edition features a fresh new design, content that is more focused on physics applications, and updated pedagogical features.

Key Topics:

About Science, Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia, Linear Motion, Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration

Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction, Momentum, Energy, Rotational Motion, Gravity, Projectile and Satellite Motion

Atomic Nature of Matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases and Plasmas, Temperature, Heat and Expansion, Heat Transfer, Change of Phase

Thermodynamics, Vibrations and Waves, Sound, Musical Sounds, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Properties of Light, Color, Reflection and Refraction, Light Waves, Light Emission, Light Quanta, The Atom and the Quantum, Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Special Theory of Relativity, General Theory of Relativity


Market: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of conceptual physics

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Customer Reviews (70)

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics book not focused on math aspect of Physics
This book has lots of cartoons and great everyday examples of how physics applies to our lives. This is my first physics book to study with and I've enjoyed it so far. Hewitt doesn't seem to focus too much on the mathematics of physicis in this text. However, he does an exceptional job at explaining how the mathematic formulas are created and the concepts behind the formula's existence. If you want a textbook that's great at explaining ideas of physics to help you better understand why certain formulas in physicis, exist, this could be a great supplemental textbook for you or your students.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great used book and great price.
The book was in excellent condition.Had a little trouble with the shipping, but once I contacted the seller.They immediately corrected the issue and I got the book the next day.I would definitely order again from seller.

5-0 out of 5 stars perfect condition
Book listed as used, but was brand new and I saved 75 dollars that would have been spent at the college.

5-0 out of 5 stars textbook for my son
Great communication with the seller. Would definitely buy from her again. Book arrived in great shape!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase Experience, Honest and Reliable Seller
Book came in exact condition as described. Fair price and good condition. Took a little longer than expected to receive, but that is because it was sent by media mail which made my postage cost less. Oveall very satisfied customer**** ... Read more

10. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
by Fritjof Capra
Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-09-14)
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Here is the book that brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time—way back in 1975. This special edition celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of this early Shambhala best-seller that has gone on to become a classic. It includes a new preface by the author, in which he reflects on the further discoveries and developments that have occurred in the years since the book’s original publication. “Physicists do not need mysticism,” Dr. Capra says, “and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.” It’s a message of timeless importance.Amazon.com Review
First published in 1975, The Tao of Physics rode the wave of fascination in exotic East Asian philosophies. Decades later, it still stands up to scrutiny, explicating not only Eastern philosophies but also how modern physics forces us into conceptions that have remarkable parallels. Covering over 3,000 years of widely divergent traditions across Asia, Capra can't help but blur lines in his generalizations. But the big picture is enough to see the value in them of experiential knowledge, the limits of objectivity, the absence of foundational matter, the interrelation of all things and events, and the fact that process is primary, not things. Capra finds the same notions in modern physics. Those approaching Eastern thought from a background of Western science will find reliable introductions here to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism and learn how commonalities among these systems of thought can offer a sort of philosophical underpinning for modern science. And those approaching modern physics from a background in Eastern mysticism will find precise yet comprehensible descriptions of a Western science that may reinvigorate a hope in the positive potential of scientific knowledge. Whatever your background, The Tao of Physics is a brilliant essay on the meeting of East and West, and on the invaluable possibilities that such a union promises. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic treatise on the parallels between eastern philosophy and modern physics
This book is a masterpiece - a gem for anyone interested in metaphysics.Perhaps one of the best written over the last several decades.

The author has done a brilliant job on 3 dimensions:

1. Research: Evidently he has a deep grasp of modern physics and the evolution of physics overall. What is even more impressive is how well articulated the key tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism (to the extent relevant to the topic) are
2. Assimilation: The clarity with which key principles are enunciated shows a genuine understanding of the subject which can be had only once someone "chews" over the material several times. Modern physics is no "abc" but the author has done a beautiful job simplyfying the material without giving up much on the accuracy of what he posits
3. Integration: This is worth calling out about this book. He blends the different schools of thought at the right places in the text ensuring the reader does not lose her train of thought

The book starts off by recognizing the key tents of Eastern spiritual thought for key schools of philosophy and also the evolution of physics over time. Then the following chapters explore what concepts like quantum theory/relativity really mean, how they have evolved, what their broader significance is and how they can be related to the philosophies of eastern spiritual thought.

Writing a text like this is an achievement of a lifetime - Kudos Mr. Capra!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The relational universe
This book offers a compelling and accessible description of our relational universe - one in which the relationship between entities is more important than the entities themselves, in fact, one in which there are no entities, just energy and relationships.

By the end of the book (especially if you read the afterword of the 4th edition) you reach a point of understanding that the future of our world depends on us achieving in every day life the paradigm shift that has occurred in the new sciences, that of deep ecology.Deep ecology understands that everything in this universe is a system and that all systems are interconnected. In our everyday lives we don't possess the sensory capacity to perceive how deeply this interconnectedness goes.

This book encourages us to strive for ways to broaden, deepen and awaken our sensory capacities in order that we might personally glimpse the interconnectedness of everything.While we continue to operate according to a paradigm of mechanical parts that can be isolated, fixed and (if need be) eradicated we will fail to see the extent of the effects of our actions on each other and our world.

Descriptions of the scientific facts that support this world view make a challenging read at times, but give the book depth and credibility.The real artistry in this work is the weaving of dry scientific fact with compelling quotes and passages from the writings of both modern scientists and eastern mystics from many traditions.

Fritjof Capra wrote this book 30 years ago and what struck me most is how long it has taken for us to shift our thinking and our language to reflect the relational nature of well ... nature.Even physicists - those working with these concepts on a daily basis still cling to a world of "things".I am left with the question of when we will reach the tipping point where more of us than not are striving for connection with and understanding of the very systems on which all life depends.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice comparation between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
It has been the first time I have read a book that compare both concept that at the end, share the same view.

3-0 out of 5 stars A witted book at most.
Fritjof Capra in the Tao of Physics, seeks to reveal his perspective in relation to physics and mystical Eastern belief.He tries to unite these two opposites' fields that seem to have been in disagreement during the previous centuries.He analyzes Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Zen and tires to show it's parallel to the new trend of thought in physics. The book overview on Eastern philosophy is a good introduction to anyone who has little knowledge on the subject. Although, Capra tries to explain physics in simple terms by omitting mathematical complexities in explaining physics, it is not easy for the novice or for the average person to understand the physic theories that Capra tries to explain in his book.
The overemphasis on parallel between language of the mystics and that of the new physicists tends to get confusing and often times, redundant. For instance, in describing the comparison of the Hadron Bootstrap Theory and that of the Mahayana Buddhism belief of space and time can be viewed as Capra forcing his desire to explain physics in a new way. Overall, I found the book interesting, witted, and entertaining, especially, in his realization of Tantrism in Hindu mythology. An interesting perspective.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disregard for the Material World
This, from another reviewer, sums it up:

But it is least of all to history that we should look for confirmation of Capra's thesis. In the early chapters he blames Aristotle and Christianity for the ensuing "lack of interest in the material world" (p. 22). But what cultures ever displayed a more profound and studious disregard for the material world than the Eastern mystical traditions? And why would they hold in high regard something that is at best a creation of the human mind and at worst a deceptive illusion?

I would suggest this book for a better comparison of different religions' relationships to science:
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11. The Physics of Miracles: Tapping in to the Field of Consciousness Potential
by Richard Bartlett
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-10-19)
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When Richard Bartlett first experienced the origins of his Matrix Energetics program, his goal was only to help the patients who brought their myriad health problems to his Chiropractic practice. Now, nearly ten years after the event that would redirect the entire course of his life, Dr. Bartlett brings the power of his seminars into the book, The Physics of Miracles.

By lightly touching his clients while at the same time applying focused intent, he could restore them to a physically, mentally, and spiritually balanced state, instantly shifting misalignments that had plagued them for years. Most astonishing of all, he could teach anyone how to do this. Now, for millions of people looking for empowerment in an age of declining and impersonal healthcare, Dr. Bartlett shares this phenomenon in a book full of explosive potential.

In The Physics of Miracles, Dr. Bartlett builds upon his popular seminars to teach us how to access the discovery he has made—a process that merges the science of subtle energy with our innate imaginations to produce measurable results. By applying forces known to modern physics, each of us can tap into states of healthy awareness from different moments—in essence, travel in time—and bring them into the present for immediate, profound results. As Dr. Bartlett clearly shows, this practice requires no special training, produces transformation in the blink of an eye, and is available to everyone who has a willingness to learn.

The Physics of Miracles provides an easily-reproducible, results-oriented process of change that draws on the fundamental principles embraced by the field of quantum and scalar physics. This paradigm-busting book can teach anyone how to access their creative power to heal and transform their lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price
I was surprised by the amount of truly useful information. Definite techniques are given, not just a lot of theory. I have been able to include some of the practices in my work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quantum IS the way to go
In my opinion, this book pulled many of the pieces of the puzzel together for me...The time has come to let got of the old, (the old had a purpose to bring us to this new understanding) and receive the evolution... its exciting time to be aware .... Make a Miracles, no more excuses, its a given

5-0 out of 5 stars ME latest
Good book. Can read one chapter at a time. Richard adds much physics research (ugh) and tie -ins plus more applicable technique information than the first book plus added seminar and personal experiences. Should be understandable and usable to ME wannabes and eye openning and stimulating to the uninitiated. Those who are looking for any real solid science should perhaps wack themselves silly with the hardcover before reading. This one's a keeper for me. And one I'll read several times.

3-0 out of 5 stars the Physics of Miracles
Leaves alot of blank space between doing and receiving...something is missing.Maybe you pick it up on the second time around...

5-0 out of 5 stars thinking outside everything you have learned so far
This book has a lot of physics references which are a bit confusing, but also make sense. The author has a very down to earth way of writing, and is understandable with humor as well. I am so intrigued, I am looking into going to a seminar now! ... Read more

12. Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
by Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner
Paperback: 224 Pages (2008-06-16)
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In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics and found, to their embarrassment, that their theory intimately connects consciousness with the physical world. Quantum Enigma explores what that implies and why some founders of the theory became the foremost objectors to it. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all of this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, with an emphasis on what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is controversial. Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer a sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.

"A remarkable and readable presentation of the basic mysteries of science, our universe, and human life. Critically important problems in our understanding are interestingly discussed with perception, depth, and careful objectivity."
--Charles Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

"Lively and thought-provoking."
--The Washington Times

"This book is unique. The clearest expositions I have ever seen."
--George Greenstein, Professor of Astronomy, Amherst College

"An immensely important and exciting book."
--Raymond Chester Russ, editor of Journal of Mind and Behavior

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5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious Science Reading at it's Best
It's rare that I enjoy a book so much that on finishing the last page, I fill with the melancholy that 'it's really over,' then flipping back and forward again, I make the decision to re-read it right away.

This is just such a mysterious and interesting subject, written with a great deal of style, and presented with the sure-footedness of someone who teaches this as their career. The book's scope feeds equally a sweet tooth I harbor for both science geekitude, and escapades in unconventional spirituality. I just ate this book up, reading it on my iPhone whenever and wherever I could, like a very guilty pleasure. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Uneven and poorly edited
I found Quantum Enigma disappointing in several respects.Most importantly, the book wastes chapters on tangential matters that have little or nothing to do with the central thesis.The section on cosmology, black holes, Hawking radiation (huh?), and the Big Bang seem like total filler (got be 200 pages to be a hardcover.)On the other hand, the book trips lightly through several topics of absolutely central importance.THE central experiment that illustrates the quantum enigma - the double slit experiment - is barely discussed.Rather the authors hint at the topic via an allegory about people in huts.I've no problems with allegory and metaphor, but they should be introduced as explanatory devices after the real experiment and its outcomes are fully described.The section on "robotic observers" was, in my opinion, critically important but grossly terse.I reread it several times and still don't grasp the logic of the argument - maybe I'm stupid - but I don't think so.The book is highly repetitive (at times it seems like an amalgam of unedited lecture notes) and yet still full of logical holes.I've no doubt that the authors have the capacity to do far far better, but brilliant scientists rarely make great authors.They simply can't comprehend why complex concepts are not "obvious" (Brian Greene being a rare exception.)Scientists in general, and these authors in particular, desperately need to be guided by a skilled editor.That's what's clearly lacking here.I suggest the authors try again but this time with a publisher willing to invest the editorial time and effort that's required to bring order to these sketchy notes.Cut the fluff and spend some real effort to dive deeply into each central topic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
When I first encountered quantum physics, I thought I would be somewhat of a geek for reading about physics and its `encounter with consciousness' on my spare time.I opened the book, not really know what to expect.I am decent at physics, psychology, and philosophy, so I figured I would be able to get the basic idea of the book.
Soon, I was intrigued.The book presented one of the most mind boggling question in physics and our acceptance of reality.Physicist have shown that atoms are capable of duel properties.For a example - scientists have shown in `inference experiments' that light can be both a wave and a particle.
A similar experiment was done with 4 pairs of boxes, a mirror, and `wavefunctions' (which we'll call marbles).Under one of the boxes in each pair , was a marble. The results of the experiment indicate that before one of the boxes was lifted, the marble was in both boxes at the same time.It's baffling, `controversial', but true!This also helps to present the idea that our own consciousness creates the reality we are given.It's strange to consider that our own consciousness assigned every atom's property, place, and structure.Hopefully one day, our technology will help us understand this mystery more and solve the unknown questions of the Universe.
Overall, it's a great book!I hope to learn more about quantum physics in the future.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good First Book for This Subject
This is quite a good book, but very much written for high school or undergraduate students. It explains the concepts clearly enough, but the prose is fairly workmanlike with a tone of earnest cheerfulness. It sets many of the key lessons as little stories or skits - it is an effective teaching method, but makes for annoying reading, as do the slightly corny verbal gimmicks and line drawings. It would suit non-technical readers who are coming to the subject without much prior knowledge. For the more philosophically sophisticated, there are better titles out there. Not a bad book, and filling an important gap, but not exactly what I was after, although at least it signifies that a somewhat esoteric subject is becoming mainstream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very good! Read in two days. I found it hard to find stopping points while reading, I didn't want to set it down. Interesting and written in a very compehensible way. ... Read more

13. The Cartoon Guide to Physics
by Larry Gonick
Paperback: 224 Pages (1992-02-01)
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If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit card bill -- if you imagine that Ohm's Law dictates how long to meditate -- if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car -- you need The Cartoon Guide to Physics to set you straight.

You don't have to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Physics explains them all: velocity, acceleration, explosions, electricity and magnetism, circuits -- even a taste of relativity theory -- and much more, in simple, clear, and, yes, funny illustrations. Physics will never be the same!

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It's been said that before physics students can fly with Feynman theyneed to walk with Halliday andResnick.Those of us who are still toddling along, however, needLarry Gonick.Gonick's characteristically quirky drawings are teamedwith physicist Art Huffman's prose to produce lessons like this:picture Sir Isaac Newton driving a Mack truck labeled "Big Inertia."Ike is talking into a CB radio, saying: "Breaker one nine: forceovercomes inertia and produces acceleration. Do you read?" As thejacket copy says, "If you think a negative charge is something thatshows up on your credit-card bill--if you imagine that Ohm's lawdictates how long to meditate--if you believe that Newtonian mechanicswill fix your car," here's the book for you. --Mary EllenCurtin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable book even for University level physics!
Great book for understanding the basic concepts of physics related to engineering or the biological sciences.

1-0 out of 5 stars cartoon guide
This book contains a plethora of amusing cartoons but the word guide is very misleading.This book does not contain any useful information for anyone seeking guidance or helpful hints about physics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for those who need something a little non-traditional...
I had to get this book for my Intro Physics class.It's a good book and it's great at getting the basic ideas across.It's not your average text-book by any means though.It's truly the same as reading a cartoon strip.The font is scribbly and there are characters sort of explaining everything along the way.It's a descent book and there actually are some funny moments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not necessary
This book is very useful to get an overview of the different concepts presented in Physics, but it is not a stand alone text. The cartoons are funny and memorable though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it is
This book actually deals with some tricky stuff. I read it over the summer before I took my first difficult class in physics, and it helped a lot. I even referred to it over the course of the year. This is probably as good as a cartoon book on physics can get. ... Read more

14. Physics Essentials For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))
by Steven Holzner
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-05-17)
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For students who just need to know the vital concepts of physics, whether as a refresher, for exam prep, or as a reference, Physics Essentials For Dummies is a must-have guide. Free of ramp-up and ancillary material, Physics Essentials For Dummies contains content focused on key topics only. It provides discrete explanations of critical concepts taught in an introductory physics course, from force and motion to momentum and kinetics. This guide is also a perfect reference for parents who need to review critical physics concepts as they help high school students with homework assignments, as well as for adult learners headed back to the classroom who just need a refresher of the core concepts.

The Essentials For Dummies Series
Dummies is proud to present our new series, The Essentials For Dummies. Now students who are prepping for exams, preparing to study new material, or who just need a refresher can have a concise, easy-to-understand review guide that covers an entire course by concentrating solely on the most important concepts. From algebra and chemistry to grammar and Spanish, our expert authors focus on the skills students most need to succeed in a subject. ... Read more

15. 5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics B&C, 2010-2011 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 Ap Physics B & C)
by Greg Jacobs, Joshua Schulman
Paperback: 416 Pages (2009-11-12)
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A Perfect Plan for the Perfect Score

We want you to succeed on your AP* exam. That's why we've created this 5-step plan to help you study more effectively, use your preparation time wisely, and get your best score. This easy-to-follow guide offers you a complete review of your AP course, strategies to give you the edge on test day, and plenty of practice with AP-style test questions. You'll sharpen your subject knowledge, strengthen your thinking skills, and build your test-taking confidence with

  • Full-length practice exams modeled on the real test
  • All the terms and concepts you need to know to get your best score
  • Your choice of three customized study schedules--so you can pick the one that meets your needs

The 5-Step Plan helps you get the most out of your study time:
Step 1: Set Up Your Study Program
Step 2: Determine Your Readiness
Step 3: Develop the Strategies
Step 4: Review the Knowledge
Step 5: Build Your Confidence

Topics include: A Bit About Vectors; Free-Body Diagrams and Equilibrium; Kinematics; Newton's Second Law, F(net) = ma; Momentum; Energy Conservation; Gravitation and Circular Motion; Rotational Motion (for Physics C Students Only); Simple Harmonic Motion; Thermodynamics (for Physics B Students Only); Fluid Mechanics (for Physics B Students Only); Electrostatics; Circuits; Magnetism; Waves; Optics (for Physics B Students Only); and Atomic and Nuclear Physics (for Physics B Students Only)
Also includes: Physics B practice test; Physics C mechanics practice test; and Physics C electricity and magnetism practice test

*AP, Advanced Placement Program, and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 pasos para aprobar Física para bachillerato
Muy buen libro.Es muy útil para aprender física porque explica todo con mucho detalle y no sobreentiende nada. Lo recomiendo.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Steps to a 5
I received this book in a timely manner and in good condition. It was just as expected.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent AP Exam Guide
I'm an AP Physics teacher, and let me tell you, this book was a lifesaver for me the first year I taught the course.The amount of information that is available via the College Board and other online sources is overwhelming, to say the least.I floundered around for awhile during my first year until this book was recommended to me by our AP coordinator.

I love that the authors were able to succinctly cover all of the topics on the AP Physics B exam (I cannot speak to the C material as I do not teach that course).The chapters are well-organized, efficient, and easy for students to read.The style of the Multiple Choice and Free Response questions in the book for is an accurate reflection of the College Board's style and students gain valuable experience by reading them.The other AP Physics Review guides out there tend to be bloated with excessive information and are not easily approachable by any stretch of the imagination.This book is far and away the best out of the various guides I've examined.

The goal of this book is to prepare students for the exam, and I tell my students it's the best $12 they will ever spend when it comes to earning college credit. ... Read more

16. Physics Workbook For Dummies
by Steve Holzner Ph.D.
Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-10-08)
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Do you have a handle on basic physics terms and concepts, but your problem-solving skills could use some static friction? Physics Workbook for Dummies helps you build upon what you already know to learn how to solve the most common physics problems with confidence and ease.

Physics Workbook for Dummies gets the ball rolling with a brief overview of the nuts and bolts (i.e., converting measures, counting significant figures, applying math skills to physics problems, etc.) before getting into the nitty gritty. If you’re already a pro on the fundamentals, you can skip this section and jump right into the practice problems. There, you’ll get the lowdown on how to take your problem-solving skills to a whole new plane—without ever feeling like you’ve been left spiraling down a black hole.

With easy-to-follow instructions and practical tips, Physics Workbook for Dummies shows you how to you unleash your inner Einstein to solve hundreds of problems in all facets of physics, such as:

  • Acceleration, distance, and time
  • Vectors
  • Force
  • Circular motion
  • Momentum and kinetic energy
  • Rotational kinematics and rotational dynamics
  • Potential and kinetic energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electricity and magnetism

Complete answer explanations are included for all problems so you can see where you went wrong (or right). Plus, you’ll get the inside scoop on the ten most common mistakes people make when solving physics problems—and how to avoid them.

When push comes to shove, this friendly guide is just what you need to set your physics problem-solving skills in motion! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics Workbook for Dummies
Good simple excersises that fill in the blanks and help start you slowly and simply into the concepts of physics.My order took a month to arive via regular mail.

1-0 out of 5 stars A new edition is needed.
It is a shame that this nice workbook has so many errors in the solution sets. Unlike the Schaum 3000 problems this workbook can be easily used to teach yourself basic physics.All that is needed is a basic knowledge of algebra. No calculus needed. It is not expensive to proof a book like this. You find a needy grad student and they will do it for a resonable amount. It should be assumed that even under the best of circumstances that errors will occur. However, this workbook has too many. It is a shame because the author teaches well. It is a shame to mystify a student because the wrong answer is in the solution set. Please redo this workbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars Immediate Enlightenment
Having never taken Physics in high school or college, and having labored through Astronomy w/o this prerequisite, I decided now that I am over 70 that it was high time to learn something new.On the first few pages of this workbook I learned so much that I never knew before about "scientific notation!"I'm just beginning but at least I know what all the plus and minus exponents of 10 stand for.That's great!

3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
Like everyone is saying, there a lot of errors in the solutions, and many more subtle errors due to rounding and how significant digits are handled.If you get within 5%, you probably got it right.Some of the sections are a little soft compared to the Physics for Dummies book itself.

These problems aside, the combination of the book and workbook make a good introduction to the subject, and if you do the work earnestly, it will equate to a basic high school class, in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Physics Workbook for Dummies
Bought this book for my Daughter going into 9th grade, looks like it will be a great help to help her learn Physics. ... Read more

17. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach, Vol 5 (Chs 37-43) with MasteringPhysics (2nd Edition) (v. 5, Chapters 37-43)
by Randall D. Knight
 Paperback: 80 Pages (2007-11-24)
list price: US$76.47 -- used & new: US$71.98
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Asin: 0321516664
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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These solutions manuals contain detailed solutions to more than half of the odd-numbered end-of-chapter problems from the textbook. Following the problem-solving strategy presented in the text, thorough solutions are provided to carefully illustrate both the qualitative and quantitative steps in the problem-solving process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Seller sent a used book in good condition, and at less than half the price the university bookstore wanted. Very pleased :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Engaging
I have a hard time understanding some text books, but this one is easier than most (although it is still hard to understand sometimes).I like that it comes in a 5 volume set, much easier to tote around one of the 5 books to class than it would be otherwise.The homework problems are practical and creative (like superman racing a falling watermelon).There are some good end-of-chapter summaries if you are looking for a formula or quick review.Definitely one I'll keep on my shelves long after the class is over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expectations exceeded
I bought this book in very good condition and its actual condition is more similar to like new, I am very pleased with this purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics textbook
It's in a good condition, but it wasn't sent with CD and workbook. I'm satisfied over all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Physics Book
Since I am in my second Quarter of physics, this book was necessary for the class. Also I have already studied from the first volume and so far this book series is great. ... Read more

18. Homework Helpers: Physics (Homework Helpers (Career Press))
by Greg Curran
Paperback: 351 Pages (2005-01)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$9.21
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Asin: 1564147681
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Homework Helpers: Physics is the latest book in the popular series that has been designed to help students master the material and tackle the tests. It will help any student unravel the formulas that describe the world around him or her. Each lesson is written in clear, easy-to-understand language, and supported with review questions. Answers and detailed explanations are found at the end of each chapter.Homework Helpers: Physics covers all of the topics included in a typical one-year physics curriculum, including:* Straight-line kinematics, free-fall, and projectile motion.* Forces, friction, and motion on an incline.* Electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism.* Waves, light, and optics.* Nuclear reactions.The Homework Helpers Series is just what students need to boost their confidence and give them the help they need to succeed in even the most challenging classes. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Homework Helper-Physics
The book arrived within a week and is helping me greatly prepare for the CSET science exam. Another excellent resourse is the Homework Helper-Chemistry. I recommend either of these books for anyone taking physics or chemistry at the high school, college level or someone like me preparing for a test. The Homework Helper assists me when I don't quite get the concept from the text book. Great resource. There are some questions that are given to help one understand and then the answers are just a few pages away.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Physics Resource
Have used to help communicate messages and problems to kids in school.Well outlined and has data needed.Added with other sources, provides kids with solid understanding of physics applications.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good book
This book is a very book for beginners or for reviewing if you forgot physics. It explains very good. I really recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I personally liked this book, and will use in the future with my children. But when I bought it I did not realize it was high school physics and we are not there yet. I would not recommend this for someone until they learn the math first. I would not recommend using this book to teach the math, it would be better for extra practice, or to break down and develop a better understanding of physics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Physics book review
This is a good review of the basics of physics.I'm also reading the Chemistry, Biology, and Calculus versions of this series.They all seem pretty good so far. ... Read more

19. Kaplan SAT Subject Test Physics 2010-2011 Edition (Kaplan Sat Subject Test. Physics)
by Hugh Henderson
Paperback: 396 Pages (2010-03-02)
list price: US$19.00 -- used & new: US$11.42
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Asin: 141955350X
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Kaplan SAT Subject Tests offer the most up-to-date and complete coverage of both content review and  strategy needed to achieve a high score on these challenging exams, which can be used for college credit at many schools. Each book contains a Kaplan diagnostic test, full-length practice tests, chapter quizzes, score-raising tips, and detailed answer explanations. Also included is a special section with details and advice on the new SAT score-reporting changes.

Kaplan’s Higher Score Guarantee gives students a significant edge during these competitive times. With focused content review, proven strategies for scoring higher, and comprehensive test practice, Kaplan SAT Subject Tests get students ready for test day.

Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Physics includes:

  • 3 full-length Physics practice tests
  • A full-length diagnostic test
  • Focused chapter summaries, highlights, and quizzes
  • Detailed answer explanations
  • Proven score-raising strategies
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20. Physics: Why Matter Matters!
by Dan Green, Simon Basher
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-04-29)
list price: US$8.99 -- used & new: US$3.83
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Asin: 0753462141
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Imagine physics as a community full of wacky characters--the building blocks of the universe each with a unique personality. This book throws open the doors and welcomes you into their amazing world. From gravity to the theory of relativity, this unique book provides visual interpretations of complex concepts, designed to make learning physics easier and a whole lot more fun!
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Customer Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great concept in a page
If you are looking for cartoons and a physics concept to be explained in a paragraph-this is the book for you.I use this in my junior high class.They love it when I read them a page ... and they have to tell me what it is.Fun and cute all in one.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excelent Introduction to Physics
Physics is oftentimes considered the hardest of the hard sciences, and to many people it is one of the most difficult subjects to master. It is also my own chosen profession, and something that I am very passionate about. I find it to be an enormously fascinating subject, and I always appreciate new ways of sharing my knowledge of the subject with my students, friends and acquaintances. In my professional life of a college professor I find it continuously challenging to present the most important Physics concepts in such a way that is both accessible to the intended audience and it does justice to the field. Unfortunately even in the higher education there has been an increasing pressure to dilute various subjects in order to make them more "relevant" to the modern students. These attempts, however well-intended they may be, have the consequence of creating more and more generations of scientifically illiterate citizens. Fortunately, this small book does not subscribe to this misguided approach to science. The concepts and ideas are as part of the traditional Physics curriculum as they come. They are introduced in a playful, amusing way, and yet each short description is completely accurate and relevant. There are a few facts and numbers that help with describing each one of the concepts, but they are only given in sidebars and don't constitute the bulk of the material. In my opinion this is a pedagogically well founded way of presenting these concepts to someone for the first time. The illustrations in the book are extremely well done and serve the purpose of personifying various physical concepts and quantities. This may be particularly appealing to the young readers. I would also recommend this book even to the older audience that perhaps has not heard of some of these concepts, or has not really thought about Physics in many years. Overall this is an excellent low-level introduction to Physics.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for daughter
got for my nine year old and she's read it twice in the first two weeks. really a great setup for children to get interested in complex things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done!!
I'm a physicist and father of a VERY curious 10 year-old boy. I decided to introduce him to some concepts in physics and found this book on Amazon. I bought it, but had little hope it was going to anything but a physics book with pictures for kids. And how wrong I was!! The text is cool, funny, and attractive, and at the same time it touches the concepts with fine precision. Clearly, the authors put a lot of thought when writing the book (and I DO respect a scientist putting his time to write a physics book for kids!). In short, it's a great book for young kids. Congratulations!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Kids Say "Mom, can you read the physics book to us tonight?"
Amazing. Fantastic.My 6 and 8 year old love this book.I bought it because my sister (their aunt) has a Ph.D in physics and I wanted a kids book that explained some of the concept of what she does.What surprised me is the elegance and creativity of the illustrations and the writing.It is not something you see often in kids books. I found the words stayed with me and the kids.The kids would refer to the "friends" and could tell me about the different concepts days later.Definitely get it if you have kids curious about the world and you want to give them broad awareness of how the universe works. ... Read more

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