University Physics with Modern Physics (Chapters 1-40)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
I'm baffled how this textbook was even published. It is clear that no one checked their own work, as I continually found wrong answers in this book. If one were to look in the back of the book to check their work, they would be completely confused. There are some answers that are right, but then there are others that are drastically rounded, wrong, or an answer to a completely different problem. Maybe you want to check how to do a problem, so you find the chapter, and then look for an example. Well good luck, because there aren't any examples, and the ones there are, are for the very basic of problems. Maybe you can use their answer in the examples for something? Well, no you can't. Their answers for even the examples are sometimes wrong, with the words "our answer seems reasonable" echoed throughout the book. These examples also always use round, whole numbers. Rarely did I see the use of a decimal for any example. Unfortunately, all the problems at the end of the chapter are going to need much more work than a simple example, so the use of an outside source will be necessary for this book. Maybe some of these things will be fixed in the next edition, as this is the first edition. Either way, I recommend not getting this book.

Sidenote: The Students Solution Manual for this book is helpful, be keep in mind it is only every other odd problem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2011
The simple concepts are explained with as much mathematical formalism as is possible for a text that is designed for students who may not have taken Calculus yet (despite that at my school Calculus is a requirement for the Physics class with this text), and this often makes the concepts more difficult to understand than in necessary. Then there are a few examples, but they are often so simple or bizarre that they have little to no relationship with the nearly 100 homework problems at the end of each chapter. And sure, the answers for all the odd problems are at the back of the book, which more than I can for some of the other atrocious McGraw-Hill textbooks I have used, but there's no explanation for how they got those answers, and how to set up the problem is the entire challenge of intro physics. The math rarely is more difficult than simple algebra. I don't have the student solutions manual, but the questions that are solved in it are marked in the text, and there are precious few. This becomes even more troublesome if you are unlucky enough to have a professor who uses Webassign. Why couldn't some of the effort for all those homework problems that no professor is ever going to assign go towards explaining more than one extremely specific case of a problem? At least tear out some of the worthless tangents on simple Calculus and mathematics, I can learn those anywhere.

If this text is required, get an outside book right away. Don't make the same mistake I did and wait until you've tanked your grade on material that really should be fairly easy. Schaum's is pretty good and (at least in my case) often matched the type of problems that were assigned. It only earns 2 stars instead of 1 because it wasn't completely worthless for doing Webassign homework.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
This book is heavy and a pain to carry around. It overcomplicates examples and does an awful job of explaining them. Each example uses as much formulation as possible. Wrong answers are common throughout the book, so checking in the back will always have the possibility of a wrong answer. The examples in the text are very basic, as opposed to the problems at the end of each chapter, so I HIGHLY recommend using an supplement to this book. Avoid this book at all costs. The solutions manual to this is almost worthless, as it only solves every other odd problem.

I recommend Shaum's outline for a supplement.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2010
Very confusing and difficult book to use in a Physics class. Poor integration of calculus concepts. Author continuously makes back references and over-complicates explanations and examples. Not recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2011
My physics class used the "beta" paperback version of this book and this is no different other than it has a hard cover and some of the most glaring spelling/grammar errors have been fixed. Explainations of the problems is almost nonexistant and the math is not clear. Concepts are explained but not as well as they should be for a college level course. It is almost a must to get the Solution's manual, which is laid out well but again has many math/spelling errors in it. The one thing that really bothers me is that there are great "in class exercises" included in the book, but there are no answers for them. Many of these exercises would go along way to explaining the concepts that only get briefly mentioned in the chapter. Hopefully, this will get fixed in the next edition along with the math errors for example, a problem gives micro coulombs, nano coulombs, and a constant in coulombs. The problem is worked out with the numbers as-given, no coversions. If you follow along with the numbers printed in their "solution" on your calculator, you will get a different answer than what their final answer is. Now if you convert to say coulombs and then punch in the converted numbers, you will get their correct answer.

I would not recommend this book. If you HAVE to have it for a class, get it, but plan on getting another resource to actually learn the concepts.
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on October 4, 2014
Calculus based physics is so much easier than the trigonometry based version that colleges make you take first (given than you know Calculus). The book is pretty in depth. It starts with Newtonian Physics and works through applications of relativity to atomic physics. It has a lot of problems, varying widely in degree of difficulty. The calculus is NOT too hard. You don't necessarily have to do a lot of complicated integrals or derivatives and virtually NO trigonometric integrals until you start waves. It was an excellent buy for $7 and I am extremely happy I bought it. It DID however take a while to get it. I think it was close to three weeks. Of course I did not buy it through prime, but rather through a dealer that is on amazon.com. The condition of the book was EXTREMELY GOOD. The only thing that made it not brand new was the corners on the cover were bent as all books with a hard cover will do over time. Aside from the time to take it to get here, I was happy. It got here and I've had a blast going through it. I've learned physical relationships that I never honestly knew HOW they were related. Knowing the inverse relationship and the slope/area relationship of differentiation and integration this book has taken my understanding of physics to a new level.
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on December 9, 2013
This book manages to unnecessarily complicate the easiest concepts into what I like to call "mathematical diarrhoea". I bought a condensed version (mechanics only) for this book for a first year intro to physics course. The course assumes students who have only one year of high school calculus (which mainly consists of computational questions only). I had a fairly strong background in calculus in high school, and even I found this book to be a massive pain to work through. Worked examples are scarce and are oversimplified, which do not at all reflect real life situations, nor do they reflect the level of difficulty of their problems at the end of each chapter. Spelling and computational errors on the other hand are abundant in the textbook as well as the solution manual (which, by the way, only gives you very, very few solutions) The author of my high school physics textbook seems to have put more effort into his book than the two of these authors combined.

Stay away from this book.
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on September 21, 2013
This textbook does not simplify the topics as it should. Physics is a complicated subject by itself, this book makes it look even more complicated. The worked out problems do not show a step by step solution rather it simplifies the variables then plugs all the numbers in. I'm having a really hard time answering questions on the back of the chapters even though I've read the chapter and went through worked out problems several times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
This is not a good textbook. This book has a lot of errors. The calculations in this book are presented in a very puzzling manner. SMH @ whoever recommended this book to be used at a college.
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on February 9, 2015
Very detailed and includes interesting real-world applications and modern research.
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