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AP Physics 1 Essentials: An APlusPhysics Guide Paperback – August 10, 2013

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Silly Beagle Productions; 1 edition (August 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983563365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983563365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Fullerton is a physics teacher at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY, an adjunct professor of microelectronic engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, and director of APlusPhysics.com.

He lives in Webster, NY, with his beautiful wife, indefatigable daughters, and sleepy dog.

You can follow Fullerton on twitter as @aplusphysics, read his personal blog at danfullerton.com, and his physics blog at http://aplusphysics.com/flux.

Customer Reviews

The other questions are simply not representative of this exam.
DJ
I would highly recommend this book to any student taking AP Physics (or anyone needing a quick refresher!).
Michele & Ted Ricks
Great starting book or review book to learn the essentials of physics.
James Winston Phillips, MD, MBA, JD, LLM

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aetre on January 7, 2015
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This book covers the topics of the new exam, technically, but it misses the mark badly on what the new questions are like. Page through the previews Amazon has here, and you'll see example problems that are pure calculation--"Find the speed of..." "Find the acceleration..." But that's not the true nature of the new test at all. On the AP Physics 1 exam, you can expect questions closer to:

"You throw a ball of mass m up at speed v. It reaches a height of h before it starts to come down. What could you change in order to make the ball reach a height of 2h before coming down? a) Throw the ball twice as fast. b) Throw the ball sqrt(2) times as fast. c) Throw a ball that is half as massive at the same speed v. d) Throw the ball 4 times as fast."

Note what you don't see as any of the options: a solution in meters per second (or any other unit, for that matter). Contrast this to the problems you see in the previews. You don't have to take my word (or anyone else's, for that matter), by the way; College Board released several sample physics problems on their website. Look them over and look at the ones in this book; they're not even close.

So although you can get a glimpse at the topics covered in this book, and read what the definition of momentum is and such, the practice problems included here are beyond misleading and shouldn't be used for AP Physics 1 at all. The McGraw Hill guide hits much closer to the mark, as should the as-yet-unreleased Barrons and Princeton Review guides. And if you'd prefer a textbook full of problems that resemble the new course material, check out Knight-Jones-Field's 3rd edition (pink, water drop on cover) or Etkina-VanHuevelen's 1st edition (bicycle wheel on cover).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 25, 2014
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My Sons HS class had no book. This solved that problem and follows the curriculum perfectly. Now he doesn't have to rely on the teacher providing a good lecture. He has a reference to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Physics Girl on June 14, 2014
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This is a great for developing a curriculum guide. Great book for our classroom library and resource for our students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joeschmuckatelly on October 30, 2013
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Nice help for me. great videos and book.
Go ahead and buy this and use it to help you learn physics.
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Great starting book or review book to learn the essentials of physics. Why spend hours in a textbook, trying to figure out concepts that you did not understand in class, when you can spend less time reading and more time learning the essentials of physics in AP Physics Essentials I. Dan Fullerton has done a great job presenting the material and providing multiple answered problems with explanations to help the learning process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Nguyen on February 8, 2015
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I'm an AP Physics student myself, and it's a very helpful book.

The only thing is that you obviously need to put in the time to study. Other than that, everything is very detailed. My AP Physics teacher actually recommended it to me, it's very helpful when studying for the AP test. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TCrank on June 1, 2014
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Provides a good outline of the subject matter. Looks like a great starting point for developing a curriculum. Glad i purchased it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Skyrm on March 14, 2015
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After graduating from engineering school and working in the industry for a number of years, I'm interesting seeing how new textbooks present physics concepts to see if I would have benefited from their teaching approach. I feel the methods presented in this book would have better helped me in my time as a student. I always learned the best in deconstructing the example problems. In this book you have a huge number of problems to learn from. I'd give this book my thumbs up.
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Dan Fullerton is a physics teacher at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY, an adjunct professor of microelectronic engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, and director of APlusPhysics.com. He was named a NY State Master Physics Teacher in 2014. He lives in Webster, NY, with his beautiful wife, indefatigable daughters, and sleepy dog.

You can follow Fullerton on twitter as @aplusphysics, read his personal blog at danfullerton.com, and his physics blog at http://aplusphysics.com/flux.