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By Arthur Beiser - Concepts of Modern Physics: 6th (sixth) Edition Paperback – March 8, 2003

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Modern Physics is the most up-to-date, accessible presentation of modern physics available. The book is intended to be used in a one-semester course covering modern physics for students who have already had basic physics and calculus courses. The balance of the book leans more toward ideas than toward experimental methods and practical applications because the beginning student is better served by a conceptual framework than by a mass of details. The sequence of topics follows a logical, rather than strictly historical, order. Relativity and quantum ideas are considered first to provide a framework for understanding the physics of atoms and nuclei. The theory of the atom is then developed, and followed by a discussion of the properties of aggregates of atoms, which includes a look at statistical mechanics. Finally atomic nuclei and elementary particles are examined.

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education (March 8, 2003)
  • ASIN: B008UBHN38
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Physics Genius on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rip off! I bought an old edition for $1.99. You can buy the sixth edition for less then $100, im not sure why asking price is $500 for this book. Don't buy! Additional note: the older editions are essentially the same with one surprising difference, less typos.
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I bought this book as a supplement to the assigned textbook for my college-level modern physics course. I have read other reviews that didn't think very highly of it but I really like this book. It might not be super mathematically rigorous but it contains great examples, is pleasant to read, and shows you how to do problems in a very detailed manner that many other textbooks do not. I think it is a great starting point for undergrads. It certainly helped me stay current in my class and kept me from giving up out of frustration when I hit road-blocks along the way.
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Format: Paperback
Avoid the paperback Edition of this book, mine says "Special Indian Version" on cover. It's printed on the cheapest tissue paper of any book I have ever bought. You can literally see through the pagers to the print on the other side! Its like reading a wet newspaper. The print quality of the text is decent but the diagrams and photos in the book look bad quality xerox copies from the 70's. I don't think I will actually try to read this.
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Conceptually appropriate and easy reading as an intro course.
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