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Physics for Scientists and Engineers High School Ed: Vol. 2 Electricity and Magnetism Hardcover – October 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1572598133 ISBN-10: 1572598131 Edition: Fourth Edition
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PAUL TIPLER formerly taught Physics at Wesleyan University and Oakland University in Michigan. He is also the author of the widely used text Modern Physics 4th edition. - GENE MOSCA teaches at the U.S.Naval Academy and co-authored the study guides for the third and fourth editions of this text. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; Fourth Edition edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572598131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572598133
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,690,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Henry W. George on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book should be: "PHYSICS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS". This is a good idea gone bad. As others have said, the Chapter Reviews, illustrations, etc are helpful and I guess this is a terrific reference book for those people who already know most of the material. BUT, for a beginning Physics student, it is maddeningly incomplete. There are plenty of examples but very little explanatory text and the examples have a REALLY BAD HABIT of SKIPPING MANY IMPORTANT STEPS. The result is that if your particular problem is not specifically one of the examples, why then, you are most likely OUT OF LUCK! After using this book it would seem that the subject of Physics has gotten so huge with information that an overview course can no longer be covered in the traditional 2 college semesters. At least that is the impression. Why else would there be so little discussion of the IDEAS BEHIND THE PROBLEMS. But, at the very least, in the examples that are covered, could not ALL THE STEPS that are required to do the problem be included? When a beginning student has to attempt to "fill in" an author's blanks, learning becomes tedious and frustrating. I'm speaking not only for myself but for many of my classmates as well. Most of them are bright, energetic science majors who are thoroughly fed-up with using this poorly written texbook.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lawrenzo Moses on July 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to what some of the reviewers have said, this book is great for self-study. I know this from experience. It is mostly clear and logical, although there are certain parts that are frustrating because of lack of clarity. There are some examples that are confusing, and, as explained by a previous reviewer, sometimes variables are not explained in new equations.

The best thing about this book is that it has many great, easy to understand examples at varying difficulties. The graphics are excellent and this really helps sometimes. The problem sets at the end of the chapters are good. If you can do the examples and problem sets at the end of the chapters (and I know you can because the author does a wonderful job at explaining the subjects) you will find books on classical mechanics and electromagnetism to be extremely easy.

This book comes with online supplements, but you probably will not use them. They are worthless. Do not waste your time trying to use the online supplements.

UPDATE: I scored 5's (the highest possible score) on my advanced placement physics C exams(both mechanics and electricity and magnetism). I never took a course or had a teacher for this level of physics so my score must have been due to this book!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Henry Lenzi on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book seems to achieve its goal very nicely, namely, to be a general physics textbook. It competes with the usual suspects: Halliday/Resnick, Serway, etc. This seems to be a market where, if the books are too sophisticated, they sure aren't going to be adopted.

The educational system in most countries seem to emulate this recipe of physics with as little mathematics as possible and a "general course" where students are merely introduced to physics at a level only slightly higher than high-school level. This is one of those books. Whether we like it or not, this is how it is even, apparently, in top institutions in the U.S.

That said, I will disclose that I can't stand Halliday/Resnick, and thought that Serway was too much of a marketing stunt. Tipler, on the other hand, seemed quite reasonable. I think this book stands out for: 1) lack of cruft; 2) clear explanations, that rely on math, rather than verbosity; 3) a sensible choice of *relevant* examples; 4) a nice pedagogical resource, whereby the author gives you an example and subsequently does another one ("You try it"), with step-by-step handholding.

Overall, of the books I used, this was more to my taste. I happened to notice that some Physics teachers (for undergraduates) also seemed to like this book more (and, in fact, I had a teacher describe Halliday/Resnick as a "chronic disease", one that our institution could not get rid of, because the book had been around for so long, and we had so many copies at the library - our libraries in Brazil don't typically throw out old editions). Other books I enjoyed were Alonso & Finn, and McKelvey & Grotch (these two out-of-print, unfortunately).
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By college student on April 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am amazed at some of the reviews here (I'd like to ask the reviewers what they are smoking). Anyhow, I will refrain from sharing my feelings on that matter... I will instead share my views on this book. The book is CLEARLY not an introduction to physics, period. It assumes the student is exceptionally familiar with the author's frame of reference (i.e. a mind reader). Often, examples skip important connections, that, while not beyond the students intelligence, make for difficult and stressful reading. I cannot emphasize the above enough; the author knows his material, BUT does not convey it well. I have found my programing books easier and more enjoyable to read. One critical fault of the book is lack of relevancy. It seems as though the goal is to abstract the concepts beyond the care of readers. The book is lifeless. Another major problem with the book has to do with the problems. Examples in the chapter provide for the more simple and basic of ideas. The problems at the end of the chapter are leaps ahead of what has been presented. There isn't a logical next step approach to these problems; it is basically how-in-the-world can you apply what you've learn to these problems that compare like apples and oranges. In other words, "may require synthesis of concepts" is an understatement. A good professor is a MUST with this book; often, not available (and certaintly not included). I'd like to provide for a more critical review; however, I have mid-terms to study for... Hope I have successfully steared someone from wasting their time and money. P.S. Yes, the pictures are nice, but do not make up for the faults.
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