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College Physics: A Strategic Approach with Student Workbooks Volumes 1 and 2 (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321602282
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About the Author

Randy Knight has taught introductory physics for 25 years at Ohio State Univer­sity and California Polytechnic University, where he is currently Professor of Physics. 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 Teaching, Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strate­gic Approach, and now to 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.


Brian Jones has won several teaching awards at Colorado State University during his 17 years teaching in the Department of Physics. His teaching focus in recent years has been the College Physics class, including writing problems for the MCAT exam and helping students review for this test. Brian is also Director of the Little Shop of Physics, the Department’s engaging and effective hands-on outreach pro­gram, which has merited coverage in publications ranging from the APS News to People magazine. Brian has been invited to give workshops on techniques of science instruction throughout the United States and internationally, including Belize, Chile, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan and Slovenia. Previously, he taught at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College in Mbabane, Swaziland, and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Brian and his wife Carol have dozens of fruit trees and bushes in their yard, including an apple tree that was propagated from a tree in Isaac Newton’s garden, and they have traveled and camped in most of the United States.


Stuart Field has been interested in science and technology his whole life. While in school he built telescopes, electronic circuits, and computers. After attending Stan­ford University, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where he studied the properties of materials at ultralow temperatures. After completing a postdoctoral position at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, he held a faculty position at the University of Michigan. Currently at Colorado State University, Stuart teaches a variety of physics courses, including algebra-based introductory physics, and was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Knight’s Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Stu­art maintains an active research program in the area of superconductivity. His hob­bies include woodworking; enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors; and ice hockey, where he plays goalie for a local team.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 2 edition (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321602285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321602282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By medstudent on September 14, 2010
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I purchased this book from Amazon based on getting the best price for the complete package (text, workbooks, and Mastering Physics). Despite being included in the description Mastering Physics was not included in the package, and the only thing Amazon "customer service" could do was send me a return label. So, if your course requires the Mastering Physics website access, you will be better off buying the book elsewhere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Tenorio on December 21, 2010
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Ok, first of all, this is honestly one of the most easy to understand books every! Breaks things down so well, and gives many fun facts that are actually applicable to what you are studying. I previously had a different text book called "College Physics, Young & Geller 8th edition" and man it was HORRIBLE, no good break downs, explanations very dry, and even worse, its calculus based! Get this one, you wont regret it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dream factory on May 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
But I've been out of college for 25 years now, and I'm hungrier for knowledge than ever before.
Depending on the season. Dependent upon my mood. These past months I've had a voracious appetite for physics. The problem was finding a all encompassing text to teach me in a friendly manner. I picked through many a book before I found this gem.

EVERYTHING you wanted to know about hard college physics presented by a brilliant team of authors. Explaining physics concepts in real life terms. Impossible ideations made very digestible.

A swan's takeoff, spider silk, ice skating, anti lock brakes, rainbows, shark navigation, lightbulbs, frost on mars, bee navigation, electrolocation, disk storage, focalization, dozens and dozens of other examples.

Don't get me wrong. This is not an armchair book of anecdotes and trivia. This is an hardcore college physics book that shall deeply enlighten you and make you more aware of your existence entrenched in the world around you

BUT - - - there is one mistake!
The authors present the light seen from distant 'deep space' galaxies as an example of the DOPPLER EFFECT of light waves. But it isn't. . . . . . The cosmological 'redshift'. Is actually caused by the stretching of space itself between us and them. Light on it's way toward us from those distant galaxies gets stretched because it is passing through expanding space.

None the less this is a great physics book.
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