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Physics: Principles with Applications Hardcover – Aug 1 1997


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  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5th Revised United States ed edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136119719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136119715
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. A.M. on June 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
I used Giancoli as my primary text in high school, and found it to be a superb text. I think those complaining of a lack of worked problems are missing the entire point of this text and the essence of studying physics. This book is about understanding physics principles and the equations you use to solve physics problems. You will find that with this understanding (certainly provided by this excellent text), the need for mindless ploughing through physics problems is lost. You will be able to solve physics problems on the basis of your conceptual understanding of the problems. So many students rely on rote learning and repetition by doing hundreds of questions. Sure, you might be able to attack similar problems for the next week or so, but as soon as you stop practicing, the skill is lost. True mastery of physics comes from appreciation of principles, not mere recognition of patterns in problems...this text will help you achieve such an appreciation.
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I wouldn't balk at paying the substantial cost of modern textbooks if they were all like this. I'm a little surprised that some reviewers have complained about the relative lack of worked problems. I second the comments in the review of Dr. A.M. on that score. The book is a clear guide to the concepts and reasoning strategies, with plenty of practical illustrations and problems to reinforce the significance of the principles. That doesn't mean that you can simply read the words, learn a recipe for solving problems and crank them out. Sometimes you have to gaze at the ceiling for a while and subject yourself to some Deep Thought before you develop an intuitive feeling for the principles.

From limited tutoring in a related area (electrical theory) I've noticed that a major handicap for many students is the lack of strong algebra skills. If, for example, you can't easily rearrange an algebraic equation to solve for any specific unknown, the derivation of various formulae from basic principles, or problem-solving that involves combining and rearranging off-the-shelf equations, are going to seem like dark magic. That's not the fault of a physics text.

If you really need to work a lot of fully-solved problems, I suggest considering REA's Physics Problem Solver as a cheap adjunct to this excellent text. I can't speak for it specifically, but I bought their Electric Circuits and Electronics Problem Solvers when I was at college and they were very useful supplements to our texts, which, though solid, were a lot less student-friendly than Giancoli Physics.
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It is fast delivery. Even in person.Exactly same as picture.
Hard covers are good condition and no missing pages.
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I am a student at a university who has been forced to wade through this book, with little prior knowledge of the topic. The explanations for the theories and concepts are not incredible, but suffice. The problems, however, are torture. Simply having a couple of novice examples throughout the chapters, and then being thrown into the problems at the end with no help but for the ODD answers at the back of the text is not helpful, and not conducive to learning. Frustration is not a good method to get people to understand and/or enjoy a topic. I would not recommend this book for the novice, but can see how it can be used as a good reference book for those of more learning in the topic. A solutions manual really does need to exist, as that is how one learns this subject, through trial and error, and the answers in the back are simply not enough.
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By A Customer on June 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
Will someone please tell the King that he has no clothes on? Will someone please stop stocking Physics departments with books that are simply a flag for how clever we all are. "Look at this book chaps..."as we flaunt the open text, "bloody tough to understand, eh?!"
Giancoli is accurate and detailed. Giancoli is a fantastic text to dip into (for the most) able student. In my experience of delivering the subject within the English National Curriculum it is hopeless for the 'average' Physics student. Giancoli is black and white in a colourful world. Has anyone that has ordered this book ever seen a Tom Duncan? Have you looked at the Longman series? Streuth!
Why do 'we' make it so difficult for people to access our subject?
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By Charles on May 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hey look, I used this book as preparation for an oncoming university engineering programme and I must say it is brilliant. I am astounded that so many people do not appreciate the quality of this book. The explanations are clear, to the point (Giancoli does stray from this occasionally with his look back at history and so on) and then we are given good questions to help us THINK carefully about what we just learned. I'm sure if more of these readers studied this book harder instead of becoming frustrated at not understanding a topic at first go well then this speaks more about the student then the author. Physics is difficult, but not so if we get into the mindset of a physicist. This is obviously easier said then done but as with anything worth doing takes effort.
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Format: Hardcover
The author starts chapters by giving simple (maybe too simple) introductions. Then he starts jumping from one aspect of the subject discussed to another, feels like a bad novel in a way. Then there's the humour, and lets not forget the colorful drawings, and the pictures, and all the tables. Then, a couple of simple examples that, in no way, go in depth or cover the scope of the subject discussed. Then, BOOM! Five or six pages of problems that you're supposed to somehow solve with the little understanding you are left with after going through the nursery rhymes and eye candy.
WARNING: Unless you have a great instructor, you will suffer, and I mean suffer trying to pass a physics course using this text.
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