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Buy a different book if you're learning physics for the first time
on May 27, 2014
I used this book for two semesters - both for physics I and physics II, so I feel like I am qualified to write a review for it. If you're like me and are learning physics for the first time for real (I don't count middle school or regular high school classes as really learning it), then you are going to want a different book. This book would probably be great for someone who is already well-versed in physics and is learning to brush up - it is NOT good if you are trying to teach yourself (aka if you have bad professors so you really depend on the book to learn the info). The terminology can be very confusing with extrapolations of formulas that are irrelevant. And, many of the pictures/diagrams are not intuitive and are actually quite confusing sometimes. I bought the book because it was the required textbook for my courses and I didn't know any better. I am sure there are far superior books out there, which I would have rather have purchased.