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Schaum's Outline of College Physics, 10th edition (Schaum's Outline Series) Paperback – November 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0071448147 ISBN-10: 0071448144 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 10 edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071448144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071448147
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederick J. Bueche, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor at-large at the University of Dayton.

Eugene Hecht, Ph.D., was professor of physics at Adelphi University.


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It is a very good aid to understanding.
James E. Rayburn
It's filled with some nice examples, good and clear explanations and many solved problems.
Michael Birman
I am in an intro physics course in college right now, and I still find this book useful.
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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Many freshman college physics textbooks are just awful. They often go on and on about what is obvious and gloss over the finer points...and of course there are no examples. This is where this book comes in. As in all Schaum's outlines, for each topic there are a few pages of theory including equations, then some problems with the solutions worked out extensively, and then finally some problems with the answers but no extensive solution. The format of the outline is the same that you should expect in any two semester college freshman physics sequence. The first part of the book is an explanation of vectors, newtonian mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. The second part of the book follows the usual second semester of freshman physics - electricity, magnetism, and optics. The final seven chapters of the outline are an introduction to modern physics, which engineers and physics students would normally take after they finish the two semester freshman physics sequence. A note of caution - do not buy the attractively named "Schaums Outline of Physics for Engineering and Science". It is chocked full of errors! Instead, stay with this old reliable title. It is the best. This is the very recently released 10th edition, so Amazon does not show the table of contents. I do that here so you can compare it to the 9th edition and see if it is worth the upgrade.Read more ›
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Confusion on December 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is meant as an aid for a student taking a College Physics course based on Algebra, and not on Calculus. It covers all of the major topics for General Physics I and II, from Classical Physics, including vectors, kinematics, and dynamics all the way through Modern Physics, including Relativity and Nuclear Physics.

As is the case with all of the books of the Schaum's Outline series, this particular volume is a supplement and is not intended to replace your textbook or your professor. It is really meant for someone who has already grappled with the material from a textbook and has some idea of the concepts already. If you are approaching the material for the first time, I would advise you to steer clear of this book until you have approached it from another source. Also, if you are searching for a book with a really qualitative or intuitive approach to Physics, or one with lengthy explanations, I would recommend looking for another book. If you are looking for a supplement that you can read prior to your textbook, or for a supplement that doesn't read like a condensed textbook (as this one does), I would recommend something like Physics for Dummies.

That said, the book is divided up into various short chapters. I like that the chapters are not especially long and that while most conventional textbooks would group them into one giant chapter, this book breaks them down. For example, Coloumb's Law and Capacitance are divided into two chapters. There is a terse run-through of the material pertaining to the concept (usually they are about 1-2 pages long). If you already have tried to read your textbook, this book will probably help you, as it hits the highlights and gives you a better idea of the broad picture, allowing you to integrate your information.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wore out two copies of this Schaum's Outline of College Physics over the years. This is the Physics review book geared towards courses using Algebra and not Calculus. The Calculus based Outline, Physics for Engineering and Science, utilizes more rigorous mathematics, requires a greater comfort level with abstraction and is, unfortunately, notorious for its typos. I find that learning Physics, which is daunting enough, can be traumatic if you are simultaneously worried about mathematics AND errors. Freshman Physics is pretty universal in its design, but not so universal in its implementation when it concerns mathematics and rigor. This book presents essentially the same Physics topics as the Calc based one. It's filled with some nice examples, good and clear explanations and many solved problems. If your Physics course is Algebra based, then this book is more than sufficient review. Just do as many problems as you can until the material is part of your genetic structure!
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Oh my,I absolutely love this book!! It is by far the most useful supplementary book I've ever used! I had a horrible AP physics teacher and textbook in high school, but this book saved me. The example problems in the book show us almost all the techniques we will ever need to know for introductory physics. It's easy-to-understand, yet sophisticated enough to be useful for college physics. It covers just the right material. I've personally found that in order to do well in physics, one has to be very good at recognizing what strategies are needed for a problem and then knowing how to apply thosee techniques; studying this book helps us with just that.

The way I do it is, for each chapter first I read through the summary (not long; just about a page), then I carefully read through most of the problems, and then put the word "key" next to the few problems that I know I must absolutely internalize because they contain crucial techniques. When tests roll around, I will study those "key" problems and if time allows, the other ones as well. And if you want to do really really well on tests, make sure you take a look at the last few advanced problems as well.

I am in an intro physics course in college right now, and I still find this book useful. This book helped me aced the AP, and is helping me stay in the top portion of my class right now. And, it's helping me appreciate physics more because I have the confidence to tackle problems. It takes some time to get stuff out of it. But if you put the time into it, this book will be soooo helpful to you!! :)
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