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Introductory Physics: Building Understanding Hardcover – January 4, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471940005 ISBN-10: 0471940003 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471940003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471940005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are now a handful of introductory physics textbooks out there whose design reflect an awareness of research conducted by the physics education research (PER) community and which don't drastically reduce or alter the breadth of topics addressed in the standard curriculum.

Of these Touger's book is the most successful one I've seen, better than Knight or Cummings/Halliday, Resnick, Walker. I'm currently teaching a high school physics using Touger.

The book has an excellent treatment of energy conservation and momentum conservation. It introduces stuff like circuits qualitatively first, then quantitatively. It also has a lot of check-your-understanding reading questions that are well formulated.

Like many physics textbooks at the end of each chapter of Touger there are conceptual questions as well as conventional word problem. However, among the problems, there are a number of questions that ask students to reason using equations rather than "plug-n-chug." Some are phrased a little awkwardly, but overall, they address a need that most texts ignore.

On the down side the book's a bit too busy in its design. It tries to span a wide range of abilities in its problems and reading so when teaching from it, one needs to be careful that assigned problems are appropriate for the students. I don't like some of the choices regarding scope and sequence. It also falls a bit short is in the online materials and the student workbook. They are okay, but not the best out there.

Compared to the standard intro physics book (Walker; Giancoli) this book has much better written explanations. Compared to harder texts (Tipler; Halliday, Resnick, Walker; Serway) it's not quite a substitute but is probably an excellent supplement if the lecturer associated with the course is poor. Compared to Hewitt, it's more problem-solving focused, less descriptive. (I would also add "less infantilizing" though Hewitt fans might disagree.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Crowell on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a better than average algebra-based physics textbook. Most books of this type are far too long, present swarms of equations without explaining where they came from, and slavishly follow tradition, even when the traditional treatment is obscure (e.g., introducing photons via blackbody radiation). This book does a better than average job in those areas. The main reason I gave it only an 3-star rating is the price. I could not in good conscience require my students to pay this much money for a book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JMS on December 24, 2010
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This book is set out with hope of being one of the pioneers of a new style of physics teaching, orchestrated by a supposedly renowned physics pedagogue. It has a lot to be desired. Although there is justification for new formulae and theories as they are presented, the material is often convoluted and laid out poorly. It has potential, but it is not there yet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david clark on September 2, 2014
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Great book
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Bentz on February 8, 2009
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The book is in good condition but it does have a lot of highlighting in it other then that nothing is torn up in it
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