Physics: Principles with Applications Hardcover – Aug 1997
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This best-selling algebra-based physics book has been widely known for its carefully crafted exposition, strong biological applications, and high degree of accuracy and precision. The Fifth Edition maintains these strengths and brings a conceptual emphasis and real-world flavor to the examples, problems, and art program. In addition, the new edition features an unparalleled suite of media and on-line resources to enhance the physics classroom. For readers with an algebra-based physics background.
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Physics without calculus is like balls without nuts, if you know what I mean. It's a kind of meaningless endeavor. I do think physics can be interesting without the knowledge of calculus, but the way everything is reduced to memorizing and plugging in numbers to a humongous number of formulae, I do not blame students for coming out hating physics after a year of suffering from Physics 101. The part of the difficulty students may face in learning physics out of a book like this arises from awkward explanations inevitably deriving from avoiding calculus. So if you have difficulties dealing with this book, try coming back after you take calculus. Things will be so much easier to understand with more fluent explanations. An excellent calculus-based intro physics text is Fundamental of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker.
It is a shame because I find many students to be intellectually motivated in many ways, but when it comes to physics they only end up seeing it as a yet another stupid standardized exam that is MCAT. I think this kind of physics is indeed just an obstacle for students and should be reconsidered by those responsible for improving college curriculum.
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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I am a student at a university who has been forced to wade through this book, with little prior knowledge of the topic. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
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. Read morePublished on June 1 2004
Hey look, I used this book as preparation for an oncoming university engineering programme and I must say it is brilliant. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Charles
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
While this book has use for college level physics students, I believe the author does not achieve the purpose he states for writing the book in the preface, "This book is... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Leigh Gibson
This book is pretty good. I took AP Physics B and this was the book that they used for my high school. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
I am currently taking AP Physics B, and this textbook has become the enemy of mine and many of my classmates. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by jenn
It is disappointing that the book is provided with very little how to's when it comes to problem solving. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003