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Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: Unit C: Conservation Laws Constrain Interactions Paperback – Jun 4 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (June 4 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072291524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072291520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
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About the Author

Thomas A. Moore is a professor in the physics department of Pomona College. He graduated from Carleton College in 1976, and earned an M. Phil. in 1978 and a Ph. D. in 1981 from Yale University. He then taught at Carleton College and Luther College before taking his current position at Pomona College in 1987, where he won a Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1991. He served as an active member of the national Introductory University Physics Project (IUPP), and has published a number of articles about astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, detection of gravitational waves, and new approaches to teaching physics. His previous books include A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime (McGraw-Hill, 1995) on special relativity, and a six-volume introductory calculus-based physics text called Six Ideas That Shaped Physics (McGraw-Hill, 2003).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0a42ed0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a5e5a0) out of 5 stars A Fantastic University Series Sept. 14 2007
By Corey C. Griffin - Published on
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I took New York State Regents physics in 11th grade back in high school. I've always had a skill for math, but after taking Regents physics all I thought was, "Meh, that was fun." When I got to college I decided to give physics another go, and since I had some advanced math experience, I chose a course called University Physics (which is calculus based, over the strictly algebra based "College Physics"). Moore's Six Ideas were the required texts -- the first three units (C, N, and R) covered in the first semester, and units E, Q, and T in the second semester.

Moore's books literally changed my life. After taking University Physics, I fell in love with the subject again, and am now a junior undergraduate majoring in both math and physics. My only regret is that I sold Moore's texts back after completing the course, as I needed the money. I wish I still had them for references, and chances are I will end up buying the set again for just that.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a5e5f4) out of 5 stars Find a Different Textbook Dec 23 2011
By Anonymous - Published on
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Moore manages to make the laws of conservation unintuitive. The writing is overly wordy and convoluted. The only reason I was able to pass a class with this textbook is because I was relying on my high school physics. Those who had never taken a physics course were lost and lacking the necessary fundamental understanding in physics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a5ea2c) out of 5 stars A Unique Introductory Physics Textbook Aug. 10 2013
By TheCosmopolitan - Published on
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The Six Ideas That Shaped Physics series is one of those physics textbooks that tries very hard to change how students think about physics. And maybe it represents the start of a new trend in physics education: introducing the great conservation laws of mechanics instead of Newton's laws in an attempt to introduce students to the heart of physics. But on the other hand, the old guard of physics texts, Kleppner's An Introduction to Mechanics and The Feynman Lectures on Physics, are too timeless to put aside. When I picked up Unit C the summer after taking calculus based physics as a high school senior, I was impressed by the approach to mechanics I had never seen before. But after a year of honors introductory physics using the Six Ideas Series in college, my appreciation for Moore's unique textbooks cooled. That is, his books were useful only once.

Unit C: Conservation Laws Constrain Interactions covers the bare minimum for any student's physics education: vectors, energy, and linear and angular momentum. Notably, Moore refuses to cover forces in any great extent in his first text of the series, which for a person (like myself) with a strong introductory physics background, should be highly novel and interesting. However, I can only imagine the complexities this approach presents to a student trying to grasp physics for the first time, and my own experience taught me the book was useless for one who has already gone through it once!

The major fault with this textbook (and with the whole series), is that the reader is not left with a "deep" understanding of physics. Some basic situations and principles are shown, such as a pair of billiard balls colliding on a table, but the sort of physical intuition needed to solve complicated problems is left out amid the conversational prose and nondescript end of chapter problems. From Unit C, you will certainly learn what the conservation of momentum looks like mathematically, you will understand what a one-dimensional potential energy well is, but the book will likely not give you the enlightenment necessary for solving challenging problems. You will need Kleppner and Kolenkow for that.

The Six Ideas series textbooks, and Unit C in particular, are good reads for the individual who has a reasonable physics background and wants to solidify it through a summer of light reading. In particular, the two page pre-chapter overviews and two minute post-chapter problems make the book valuable to the self-studier; it would be wonderful if other textbooks used a similar arrangement. But beyond the novel perspective, the broad approach to mechanics ranging from the conservation of linear momentum to the brief overview of thermal energy contained in this text, and the bells and whistles Moore's student-centered approach provides, the book is just one more of many introductory textbooks out there.

So if you are studying physics over the summer, go ahead and purchase the series. Otherwise, the classics are just too good to replace.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a5ea14) out of 5 stars TOO WORDY AND OVERLY COMPLICATED Jan. 8 2015
By Maxime - Published on
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I HATED all of Moore's books. They're too wordy and he just straight up tries too hard. Professors at my university like this book and try having us teach ourselves using this book as a guide. It sucks, and makes everything more complicated than it needs to be I feel like any other university physics text book would be better than this one. He also comes up with these stupid variable names for everything which further complicates things. I'm a math, Comp.Sci, Physics major and if there's an easier way to do something, I would be the one to find it. These books are NOT easy. If I could give 0/5 stars, I would.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a5edd4) out of 5 stars Convoluted and confusing May 12 2014
By Matthew Goins - Published on
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Those that have little to no background in physics will hate this book. It's confusing and unintuitive; there are no answers to the questions or any other assistance with problems. This book relies heavily on outside study and the professor's willingness to help the student understand. I'd give it 0/5 stars if I could.