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Student Study Guide to accompany Physics, 8th Edition Paperback – April 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470395301 ISBN-10: 0470395303 Edition: 8th

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Students Study Guide, Student Solutions Manual, Instructor's Solutions Manual, Instructor's Solutions Disk, Instructor's Resource Guide, Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank, Homework Disk, Four-color Transparency Acetates, CD-ROM, Learning Ware Software, Student's Pocket Companion available. -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This superlative textbook has been revised and updated, using suggestions from thousands of students and instructors across the country. New features include conceptual examples which give students explicit models to help them learn how to apply physics principles in a conceptual context and as a guide when solving problems. Contains such new topics as Gauss' Law, holography, and medical imaging techniques. Problems and questions have been increased by 22% and a number of authentic applications of physics principles have been added. Six, fresh, high-interest essays discuss mysteries that the application of physics principles has helped to solve. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 8th edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470395303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470395301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was advertised as used, but appeared brand new!
Butters
This is an excellent book for a high school level physics course or a less than rigorous Physics I course at the college level.
JeffS
EVEN FEWER of the problems have solutions provided than in the text itself.
Matt

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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By vladimir estragon on May 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
While struggling with Giancoli's terrible book, I looked for a better textbook online, and found three other candidates. After buying them all and reviewing them, I returned all of them except for this one.
This is a great physics textbook for those preparing for the MCAT on their own, or for those in an algebra-based physics class. Compared to Giancoli's text, it is fantastic. Why?
1. Plenty of example problems while reading, fully explained in an intelligent and careful manner. Not two or three per chapter, but sometimes ten or more. Again, with exhaustive descriptions.
2. Clear, concise text that truly educates you as you read. Not a rehashed summary of familiar concepts, with important "givens" left out. Some text book authors are simply capable of writing text that teaches (Ege is a great example, for Organic Chemistry). Some should not be writing at all. To be good at physics problems, you first have to understand the concepts. Really understand them. This book explains them the way they need to be explained.
3. Excellent diagrams and tables. At first, I thought the ubiquitous graphics were just eye-candy, as they are (as always, refer to the worst example) in Giancoli's book. But every diagram is useful, and clearly explains a concept.
4. Student Solutions Manual. The most frustrating thing about physics seems to be the unavailability of solutions manuals to go with textbooks. Why this is so, for a field of study that relies so heavily on detailed explanations of problems, makes no sense to me. For all of the other sciences I've studied for preparation for medical school (including calculus), I've easily been able to get my hands on manuals detailing all problems and their solutions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JeffS on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for a high school level physics course or a less than rigorous Physics I course at the college level. It contains no math beyond algebra/trig. For a more rigorous treatment, the book to get is the Serway/Beichner text.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kz on January 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
this comment only refers to volume one of the text, as i bought the two separately and just finished physics I. i hated physics in high school and almost failed it too. i got an A this time around, by studying the book. my professor in college wasnt of much help, so the class had to learn from the text.

for the most part, the concepts are very well explained, with sample problems throughout the text. there is also a very helpful website which has concept understanding questions, chapter tests and interactive solutions. there are more than enough review questions at the end of the chapter, with answers to odd problems at the back of the book.

the book is especially good for explaining kinematics in 1 and 2D, if that's a problem for some. conservation of energy, potential, gravitational potential and kinetic, is pretty good too.

if you spend your time with this textbook, use what resources are available to you, you should do fine.

a few complaints though:

- there arent any answers or explanations to even numbered problems, not even in the solutions manual. without a teacher/tutor working them out with you, they're pretty much useless.

- the book is a bit weak in momentum and torque, as sample problems exhibited most basic functions of equations, and concepts were just okay compared to the rest of the text.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 13, 2004
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There are no answers given to the even-numbered problems at the back of the book. This renders half the problems useless for test preparation. How do you know if you have worked them correctly? So you buy a Solutions Manual, expecting that for another $44 you will be given solutions to the missing problems. Surprise! EVEN FEWER of the problems have solutions provided than in the text itself. How does Mr Cutnell expect us to check our work? WORTHLESS.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James Bishop on July 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the most useless textbooks I've ever encountered in any subject. Moreso than any other math or science text I've seen, the authors commit the cardinal sin of solving only the simplest possible problems in in their "explanations", leaving you to fit together the pieces on the other (often rather difficult) problems at the end of the chapters. And if you thought the solutions manual would save you, SURPRISE! It won't - it only solves every 6th problem or so and generally delivers strange and convoluted solutions to simple problems. As far as the text goes, its explanations are so watered down you'd think you were looking through a text intended for junior high school (or younger) students. It constantly touts some bogus web service called "WileyPlus", which seems to exist purely to make the lives of teachers easier at their students' cost (and which you have to pay EVEN MORE to access, even if you bought the book new!). To sum it up, this text is absolute trash and an insult to the subject matter it teaches. If some professor lists this text on his or her syllabus, pitch a fit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1997
Format: Paperback
I am an honors student of this text at a Big Ten Institution. I personally have not felt that I have obtained much knowledge on Physics through studying this book by Cutnell/Johnson. It is too obscure and touches on an assortment of subjects without going in depth on any of them. Extremely thin and lacking in substance, I found myself turning to other supplements in order to gain greater insights and knowledge in the field of general Physics
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