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Physics for Scientists and Engineers Plus Modern Physics Plus MasteringPhysics -- Access Card Package (3rd Edition) Hardcover – Jan 5 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (Jan. 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321736087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321736086
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 4.8 x 28.2 cm
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb7a198) out of 5 stars Awsome book for scientists and engineers! April 24 2014
By James Duhachek - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First off let me start with saying that I am going to compare this to a Serway's style of books. Both are good but just different in their approach. The strengths of Knight's book is that it approaches physics in a conceptual approach with heavy analysis of problem and then focuses on problem solving strategies. I like understanding the concept before just bashing away at problem solving. Knight's book gives you just enough details to understand the problem as a physicist with out flooding you with too many details. In short this book teaches you how to be a scientist. It has a very smooth transition to new and more complex subject that are related to the previous ideas presented. I learned from Serway's book in college for my calculus base physics and I found that one to be mechanistic and heavy handed on problems and very equation heavy with out demonstrating the concept a good as in Knight's book. Serway's is a good encyclopedic reference but I think that Knight's shows the art of thinking like a scientist.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb7a7e0) out of 5 stars amazing Sept. 17 2013
By daniel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the - best- textbook, I have ever read. I hated physics in high school, and now in college, I am a physics major. This book turned me around, this book got me through 1st year. Everything is taught to you from the ground up. Everything is clear and concise, there are plenty of worked through examples. However, you dont learn physics by reading, as a consequence there is a comprehensive list of exercises at the end of each chapter. These include both concept questions (which really test your knowledge), simple applications of chapter content, and progressively harder problems. All these problems have full worked out solutions via the solution Manuel.

this book will make you appreciate and understand physics like no teacher, no professor can. If you are serious about physics, then this book is a must.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b6828) out of 5 stars Inconsistent May 7 2013
By ChicagoRedSox - Published on
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9bee58) out of 5 stars Very personably written... Sept. 27 2013
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This book does a great job of presenting ideas and laying out theory in plain English, which makes it very approachable. The downfall of the text lays in the applications, where the example problems are worked through in a way that isn't compatible with how a person normally works through a problem. In stead of simply showing the math, like you would doing your homework, Knight's approach does a little math, then he writes at length using words what he's doing to solve the problem.

When working through a problem set, it's nice to see how the math should be laid out, solve this, then you find this, here's where we're heading, because we need to find this variable. Instead, you'll be working on your problem set and you'll look for an example problem in the text to help you build your mathematical roadmap, but instead you're met with a lot of description, and, of course, like all textbooks, Knight skips the algebra and geometry. This is annoying. I don't care if an example takes up an entire page, just so long as it's thorough and shows the reader in step-by-step process of the logic and complete mathematics.

Nevertheless, the plain English voice is a breath of fresh air, particularly since the book is billed for "scientists and engineers." Thankfully, also the book is image filled, showing direct examples of the classical mechanics and modern physics in action.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba340c0) out of 5 stars This book is an awesome physics book for learning the basics Sept. 9 2014
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This book is an awesome physics book for learning the basics. Covers a lot of topics in physics from classical mechanics to general relativity.