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Randy Knight has taught introductory physics for nearly 30 years at Ohio State University and California Polytechnic University, where he is currently Professor of Physics and Director of the Minor in Environmental Studies. Randy received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State, under the mentorship of Professor Leonard Jossem, that he began to learn about the research in physics education that, many years later, led to Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teachingand this book. Randy’s research interests are in the field of lasers and spectroscopy. When he’s not in the classroom or in front of a computer, you can find Randy hiking, sea kayaking, playing the piano, or spending time with his wife Sally and their seven cats.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Inconsistent May 7 2013
By ChicagoRedSox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'd say this is a great textbook if you have an easy professor that only asks questions like "A 1m long solenoid with 25 turns carries a current of 3A. What is the magnetic field?". However, if you have a professor that challenges you and asks difficult questions on your problem sets, tests, etc., you may find it lacking. Some areas are explained quite well (I'd say this applies earlier on with the "easier" topics) and others barely at all (most of the later, more complex topics). It got to the point where I wrote in my notes things like, "Ask professor wtf this means".
The book has lots of nice pictures, but if you actually want both a qualitative and quantitative understanding, there are far better resources. Obviously, most looking at this book have to buy it because it's assigned by their professor, but if you're just searching for a good reference on the subject, go with Halliday & Resnick instead.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best Physics book I've had for class March 19 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
--Pros--
Much easier to read than many other physics books I've read.
Covers a lot of topics
--Cons--
Huge
Expensive
Maybe not as in-depth on some subjects as textbooks specific to that topic.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Im so sorry if this is your required text Dec 2 2013
By R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, I have a reserved a special place of hatred in a dark corner of my soul for the memory of this book. First, the author throws around new variables, maybe he will define them, maybe he wont. But rest assured if he does define them, it will be buried in a dense paragraph of material as an aside and never mentioned again. Second, I think Randall actually hates undergrads. Nothing is straight forward in this text, Dr. Knight delights in using subscripts and unique variables and assumes the reader will find their meaning obvious and follow along. Plan on using Khan and lots of hyper-physics to get an understanding of the material. Physics is about figuring out how to apply lots of disconnected formulae, and arrive at the desired data. The author seems to take delight in hiding these formulae and obfuscating the simplicity of them. If you are one of the poor souls that must shell out 200 bucks for this mess, use Khan and find the hyper-physics website, its the only way you will survive first year physics with this text
School Book March 2 2014
By Mickey49erz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
It is ok reading material.. but physics in general needs to be technical so I cant say anything too good or bad about this book
Very thorough Oct. 9 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The chapters are well written and make the subject matter approachable. Covers all topics of required for physics and engineering majors.


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