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Old Aug 4th 2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Questions about a Physics book

As I'll start my Physics I class, I was already watching for a good book that will help me to understand concepts and exercises. I went to the library and found "Fundamentals of Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Walker, 5th edition. Looking on the internet, I realized that they are now at the 8th version but I guess my 5th version is a good one.
A question : Does someone know this book? If so, is it a good one?
What Physics book would you suggest to me? (I'll see the laws of Newton, gravity, oscillatory motions, work, collisions, angular momentum and many stuff like that).
Another question : Is this book better than "Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Kane? What are the differences between the book I have and "Physics"?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 5th 2008, 08:19 AM   #2
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As I'll start my Physics I class, I was already watching for a good book that will help me to understand concepts and exercises. I went to the library and found "Fundamentals of Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Walker, 5th edition. Looking on the internet, I realized that they are now at the 8th version but I guess my 5th version is a good one.
A question : Does someone know this book? If so, is it a good one?
What Physics book would you suggest to me? (I'll see the laws of Newton, gravity, oscillatory motions, work, collisions, angular momentum and many stuff like that).
Another question : Is this book better than "Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Kane? What are the differences between the book I have and "Physics"?
Thanks in advance.
I don't know anything particular about either book, but the names "Halliday and Resnick" get bandied about the Physics community with a fair amount of respect. I'm going to guess either are good books.

A "Fundamental" book might imply a High School level (or remedial College level) Physics. So the text "Physics" might be at a higher level and depending on what class you are taking it might be the better bet for you. Another possibility is that "Physics" is a Calculus level Physics text. I'd browse each to see which might be the case.

There are two other authors I highly recommend for Intro Physics. The first is Serway's "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" (any edition) as well as Tipler's text (I think it's just called "Physics.") Any edition of the Tipler book should also be good. Both of these are Clalculus level texts. However please note that there is very little Physics in the first semester that Calculus plays a major role in. You would easily be able to use a Calculus level textbook to learn non-Calculus based Physics.

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Old Aug 5th 2008, 09:29 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot for the information!!
I'm a bit disappointed because I just ordered the book "Fundamentals of Physics" without having read your post. I was impatient and excited because it will be almost my first physics book (I had others but at a lower level). I was excited because it has about 1000 pages and cover about 3 years of university physics classes (well I don't know in the USA or somewhere else, but in my faculty yes). It has calculus based physics (Integrals for example), so I think it will really help me.
Be sure I'll check out the other 3 other references you gave.
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Thanks a lot for the information!!
I'm a bit disappointed because I just ordered the book "Fundamentals of Physics" without having read your post. I was impatient and excited because it will be almost my first physics book (I had others but at a lower level). I was excited because it has about 1000 pages and cover about 3 years of university physics classes (well I don't know in the USA or somewhere else, but in my faculty yes). It has calculus based physics (Integrals for example), so I think it will really help me.
Be sure I'll check out the other 3 other references you gave.
Don't be disappointed, it's likely to be a good book. You can probably find earlier versions of the others in the library.

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You can probably find earlier versions of the others in the library.
I will check that out soon.
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My class uses Fundamentals of Physics 8th edition. It is a good book, although many of the problems can be quite challenging. For a lot of them I needed to look up the solutions. I think one of its flaws is it doesn't provide enough examples. For each subtopic you may get 1-2 examples, then at the end of the chapter you have 100 problems to work through, some of which require you to either be really smart or have extensive knowledge of the topic.

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My class uses Fundamentals of Physics 8th edition. It is a good book, although many of the problems can be quite challenging. For a lot of them I needed to look up the solutions. I think one of its flaws is it doesn't provide enough examples. For each subtopic you may get 1-2 examples, then at the end of the chapter you have 100 problems to work through, some of which require you to either be really smart or have extensive knowledge of the topic.
Are you studying at a University or High school? If in High School I guess you don't have to study all the book, right?
Well thanks for your input, I really appreciate it. So I'll have to complement my study with another books, Internet, class notes and so on. But I find it nice that many problems are tough, because when you reach to know how to solve them then you won't be afraid of any exam.
I'm so glad to study physics!! My teacher gave us exercises to do, so I will do them and I will also do some of the book "Fundamentals of Physics".
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Originally Posted by DivideBy0 View Post
My class uses Fundamentals of Physics 8th edition. It is a good book, although many of the problems can be quite challenging. For a lot of them I needed to look up the solutions. I think one of its flaws is it doesn't provide enough examples. For each subtopic you may get 1-2 examples, then at the end of the chapter you have 100 problems to work through, some of which require you to either be really smart or have extensive knowledge of the topic.
This is one reason why I have something like four introductory level textbooks.

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I suggest A-level phy by ROGER MUNCASTER for practices purposes
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Originally Posted by arbolis View Post
As I'll start my Physics I class, I was already watching for a good book that will help me to understand concepts and exercises. I went to the library and found "Fundamentals of Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Walker, 5th edition. Looking on the internet, I realized that they are now at the 8th version but I guess my 5th version is a good one.
A question : Does someone know this book? If so, is it a good one?
What Physics book would you suggest to me? (I'll see the laws of Newton, gravity, oscillatory motions, work, collisions, angular momentum and many stuff like that).
Another question : Is this book better than "Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Kane? What are the differences between the book I have and "Physics"?
Thanks in advance.
Hello,
I have "Fundamentals of Physics" by Resnick, Halliday and Walker , 6 th
edition Its very interesting . Every chapter starts with a short interesting fact and the chapter then opens up to answer it somewhere in middle and I must accept , it has great imaginative questiions
there's one more book you might like , Sean Zemansky
Actually I am in the last year of my school and its necessary for us to read it
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