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Conceptual Physics, 10th Edition Hardcover – Unabridged, January 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0805393750 ISBN-10: 0805393757 Edition: 10 Pck

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 788 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company; 10 Pck edition (January 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805393757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805393750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul G. Hewitt was a Silver Medalist flyweight Boxing Champion for New England States at the age of 17. He was then a cartoonist, sign painter, and uranium prospector before beginning his physics studies.

Conceptual Physics was first published in 1971, while Hewitt was teaching at City College of San Francisco. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Hewitt returned to San Francisco to teach at the City College and the well-known science museum, The Exploratorium. He retired from full-time teaching in 2000, and currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

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Customer Reviews

I received the product exactly as advertised, and in a very timely manner.
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I am a physics teacher with a degree in physics and I think this is one of the best physics texts I have ever seen.
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It explained physical concepts in a simple language that was easy to understand.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Kremer on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a physics teacher with a degree in physics and I think this is one of the best physics texts I have ever seen. I have used it for quite a few years now, with excellent results. Hewitt packs a lot of information into the book, but teachers and students are not expected to get through it all. The extra material gives the book great applications for a wide variety of audiences, but the responsibility is on the teacher to use it in a way that is not confusing to students. This is the case with any of the standard physics texts (Halliday Resnick, Giancoli).

Anyone who discounts this book because it has more words and cartoons than equations and math problems in it has no idea what understanding physics can be. Physics has too long been abused as an applied math course, and this book is a welcome remedy for this. For a general audience, this book provides an excellent overview of the fundamental concepts that make our world run. For science-bound students, it provides an excellent conceptual foundation for a more rigorous calculus-based course where deeper understanding of the connection between math and nature can be explored.

On major fault of the book, as one reviewer pointed out, is that Hewitt includes some problems that he does not give readers the math skills to solve. If a teacher assigns these problems, it is necessary that the students have access to the supplementary material written for the text that explains this math. But as a conceptual physics text for a conceptual physics course, Hewitt's book is unparalleled.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Plasmeier on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For anyone wanting an easy approach to physics and actually understand it, needs this book. Our school sort-of uses this book once and a while, but I read and re-read every chapter to clearly understand what my teacher is talking about.

Every paragraph there are little conceptual questions you answer in you mind-- then the answer is at the bottom of the page. You can read the answer to see if you understand what the book is talking about.

Paul G. Hewitt was an artist before he was a physics teacher. All of the diagrams and pictures are in cartoon-ish style, which makes it much easier and fun(!) to read. There are even some cartoons in the book.

I agree there is not much math behind it, but this books makes you actually learn physics concepts, not memorize formulas just for the test.

This is the best textbook I have ever read and the only way I could understand what my physics teacher is talking about.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a High School physics teacher I appreciate a text that will convey the ideas of Physics without requiring a profound understanding of Math. If you need a more advanced course -- take an AP course using an advanced book, like Giancoli's. However, if all you want is a basic understanding of the concepts of physics, this is the book for you. One important point -- a thorough understanding of this book will answer every question on the FCI (a test used by some college professors to determine their students understanding of forces in physics).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alexander N. on December 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I used Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewitt along with a more technical university-level introductory physics book that had a lot of equations but not much conceptual explanation. I should admit that I was not very fond of physics until I started to read this book. It explained physical concepts in a simple language that was easy to understand. Although it did not cover some of the more complicated physical concept, it did cover enough material so that I could understand most of the physics equations in my other more technical physics book much better. Conceptual Physics was even exciting to read and I usually looked forward to doing so. After finishing this book, because I understood physical concepts much better, I started to read other popular physics books. Conceptual Physics is not intended to be used in a course that requires solving physics problems based on understanding equation. So it should not be used as such unless it is accompanied by another book containing equations. But if you would like to learn conceptual physics without equation, it has a tremendous value.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrice on July 9, 2009
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This is a great book for learning the ideas behind physics and how things work. The author does a good job or relating concepts to things we see everyday. There are also problems if you would like to use your math skills
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simpleton Sir on December 16, 2010
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This book aided me exponentially! I recommend it to anyone who needs some rudimentary knowledge of physics! Very easy read, and very helpful illustrations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hirokazu Sato on April 6, 2008
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I am a retired engineer, but now translating technical document.
The book of "Conceptual Physics" is helpful to learn basic theory
of technical writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serena M. on May 4, 2011
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I've found that most of my college textbooks either draw out whatever they are trying to teach you, or go off on strange tangents (My guess is to increase page numbers, so it looks like you're getting your moneys worth). But With this textbook I was able to read through the assigned chapters very quickly, while still getting all of the important information.

As a student I find this textbook to be an excellent material choice.
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