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This is a REFERENCE text
on October 2, 2013
If you have a class that requires this textbook, drop the class.
This is the second worst textbook I have had the displeasure of every purchasing, and it only beats out the first by a slim margin because the other than more typographical errors than this.
You don't -learn- when reading this textbook. The information isn't structured in a way that is conducive to learning. This is the kind of textbook you look at after you understand everything within it, and want to refresh your memory on that one equation you suddenly find yourself needing, without explanation of its background nor in many cases the constants that make it up.
Unless you have an absolutely stupendous teacher, in which case the purchasing of this book is pretty much worthless sans the chapter problems that might be assigned, you will NOT learn anything.