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Fundamentals of Physics [Hardcover]

David Halliday , Robert Resnick , Jearl Walker
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March 16, 2010 0470469110 978-0470469118 9
This book arms engineers with the tools to apply key physics concepts in the field. A number of the key figures in the new edition are revised to provide a more inviting and informative treatment. The figures are broken into component parts with supporting commentary so that they can more readily see the key ideas. Material from The Flying Circus is incorporated into the chapter opener puzzlers, sample problems, examples and end-of-chapter problems to make the subject more engaging. Checkpoints enable them to check their understanding of a question with some reasoning based on the narrative or sample problem they just read. Sample Problems also demonstrate how engineers can solve problems with reasoned solutions.

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PART 5 IN FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS, EXTENDED


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  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470469110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470469118
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the easiest book to learn from September 27, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is written well and gives some real-life scenarios in the problem examples; at times there is a bit of humor involved. However, working on the end-of-chapter problems, you really have to figure out how to work them out on your own. So far, I've seen that very few of the problems can be worked out by following an example in the text. It can be kind of frustrating at times, you will really need outside instruction on working most of them, ie from a college professor...
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46 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst textbook ever October 9, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm studying to go back to med school. I've survived organic chem and other tough classes, so it's pretty much just physics standing between me and my goal. If there is anything I know how to do, it's study. So when I glanced through the text, saw the short (very short) chapters, I thought, "Hey, Physics isn't going to be too bad- this looks easy enough." Boy was I dead wrong.

The chapters and in text examples--if they can even be called that-- fall far short of explaining how to approach problems. I found myself having to buy other physics books to learn how to do basic problems that this text should have demonstrated. The WileyPlus (publisher) website promises lots of online examples, but I have been disappointed by that too. The online problems are slightly more thorough than the text, but that's not saying much. If this is your assigned text, I would be looking for a supplement asap. It does such a remarkably poor job of teaching the concepts. I get that you have to learn to apply your knowledge to new types of problems, but this text doesn't even give you the basic foundation with which to approach a new problem. I don't think physics needs to be as hard and frustrating as this book makes it. There have been far too many nights I have just wanted to smack my head against the wall out of frustration and utter shock that any publisher would publish such a crappy (there is no other word for it) book. And this is the ninth edition- you'd think it would be at least somewhat decent by now!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, if you get the point August 18, 2012
By Mike S.
Format:Hardcover
This textbook is for calculus based physics. As such the goal of the book is to introduce the concepts, the equations for the concepts and to some extent show how the equations are derived. It actually does not go into nearly as much derivation as it could. It is easier to follow if you have had more math, especially Calculus II and III. It introduces the topics one at a time, and in the examples throughout the chapter it tends not to combine the various concepts like the problems at the end of the chapter do. I think this is why many of the people who say this book is horrible feel that way.

The reality of physics problems is that there are so many ways to ask for the same thing, and because they are word problems they give you helpful information buried within useless information. Many times you need to solve for something the problem does not even give you, then use that and the information the problem does give you to solve for what you need. Many times there is more than one way to solve a problem, which can make the problems even harder if you cannot figure out the easiest path. Part of what you ultimately have to do is extract the useful information out of the problem, draw a picture of what is going on, then determine which formulas to apply, and the easiest way to get from point A to point B. The book could be twice as long (and hence twice as expensive) and provide more examples, but even so there would still be problems that you cannot intuitively solve (or even always know how to start) just by looking at them.

Ultimately it is the book's job to introduce you to the concepts (which this book does a fine job of) and your teacher's job (or tutor or study aid if you are stuck with a bad teacher) to help you apply the concepts by doing problems.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars does not come with wileyplus registration code. January 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i bought this text new assuming since it was roughly the same price as in the college bookstore it would come with wileyplus, which was required for course i was taking. it has ads for the wileyplus, but the registration code has to be purchased separately($89). so if you need the wileyplus, then do not buy this text new thinking it will come with it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad excuse for a textbook May 14, 2012
By Steve
Format:Loose Leaf
I've had to study from this book for an entire year at my university and man, let me tell you, what a worthless piece of junk. The explanations are horrible and I found myself reading other textbooks to actually learn the material. As for the problems, they aren't necessarily "difficult and promoting real science/engineering thinking" so much as simply not giving you all the tools necessary to solve problems. For example, I once had a problem where the equation you need to solve it is in a later chapter than the chapter I got the problem from. I've used all sorts of physics textbooks and this ranks up there for one of the worst.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good physics book October 21, 2010
By RV
Format:Loose Leaf
I'd say it's a good physics book. It has short concise summaries and some examples that help. It's the Binder Ready version what I like the most. With a 1000+ pages the book is very bulky and heavy. This binder version lets me take out just what I need to carry. Although you have to be careful not to rip the page perforations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 500 pages of advertisement. May 3, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was written so that you have to purchase access to the publishers website in order to use the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it's a piece of junk
I'm taking Mechanics based calculus right now, which supposed to me the easiest physics class in the series of 3 classes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text
This book might be a bit heavy reading for a student just starting out in physics, but it works very well. The problems for practice are diverse and often amusing.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew J Custer
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid book
I used this book in my physics with calc series last year and it was an alright book. The end of chapter problems were tough at times and the in text examples weren't the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kim Koppenhafer
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book
This is the biggest waste of money I have had on textbooks
This doesn't even qualify as a book
Piece of s*** design
Published 9 months ago by Christopher Kang
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I got this book for my Physics class, and happy with it so far. Delivery was fast. The book does not go with WileyPlus access code. So if you need one, you gotta get it separately.
Published 10 months ago by Iuliia
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like buy a new book!
The book is just like a new one. It is so useful and I learn a lot! This is a good one!
Published 14 months ago by Weiru Gao
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - If you have a prior understanding of physics
I found this book to be moderately helpful, however I can understand the many poor reviews. I personally have a strong background in math and physics, I merely took the class... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dannnno
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
The writer of this book seems to assume you understand what he is implying with very weird wording and makes it a little more difficult to understand. Read more
Published 19 months ago by William Rempelos
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific Physics Text
I suffered an entire year under this physics text and it is completely worthless; the authors simply fail at the primary objective of teaching introductory college physics --... Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by WilliamRich
4.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
This was a great purchase. It arrived under a week, the book was in brand new condition, and the book was cheaper than buying
it at the campus bookstore.
Published on February 23, 2012 by codeWriter2009
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