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Physics: Principles with Applications Hardcover – Aug 1997

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  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 5th Revised United States ed edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136119719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136119715
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 4.1 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
This algebra-based physics text is one to avoid if you are interested in actually learning the material and getting a good grade in your general physics course. First of all, the explanations are convoluted and the example problems over simplistic. You spend a lot of time reading the text, trying to comprehend what Giancoli is trying to say, thinking you understand because your grasp of the example problems seems strong... then you get to the problems at the end of the chapter. These problems are SO much more difficult than anything in the chapter, with no two problems the same, you'd swear there was some sort of printing error and these problems were supposed to be for a later chapter. So you try to trudge your way through the problems, only to get stuck. You need some help, some feedback, a way to check your work, but alas, NO SOLUTIONS MANUAL exists!! So you save your half-completed problems for class, where the professor takes the entire period attempting to make up for the lack of solutions manual by breaking down each and every problem from the beginning. But there is no time to really focus on the finer points, because we must rush through all the problems! And the students are unable to fully participate with intelligent questions because they are so busy trying to master the fundamentals in class at warp speed!! If you still don't get it after class, then you're SCREWED!!! Pass on this this book if you are a student who wants to pass a general physics course, or if you are a teacher who wants your students to learn and appreciate the study of physics.
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First of all, let me clarify that I do think the book is very well written for its purpose. But I do not really see the relevance of that purpose-teaching physics with half-baked math. I feel that the students will not retain much from learning physics in the particular fashion exhibited in this kind of book. I used the book not as a student, but as a teaching assistant for a college-level introductory physics course primarily for premed students.

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.
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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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