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1.0 out of 5 stars Books like this are the reason people abandon physics!, September 23, 2006
This review is from: College Physics (with PhysicsNow) (Hardcover)
I am by no means incompetent, as I am an honors student and have no problem getting strait A's in calculus, linear algebra and object oriented programming, but this book is abysmal and almost impossible to follow. The book is horrible on so many levels. First off, many of the chapters start off throwing equations at you, and offer no clarity as to the purpose of the equation. The text very poorly explains concepts and the problems given throughout the book are even worse. The problems given during the chapters literally throw information out at you that was'nt ever touch upon in the entire chapter, and to make matters worse, i've counted 4 problems that have incorrect solutions, and thats only chapter 2! This is a very poorly written, even worse explained book. I dont mind sadistically difficult problems at the end of a chapter, if the book did a good job of teaching me the concepts and computations to answer the problem, unfortunately this book does neither. Whats funny is that our teacher started the semester by saying, he does'nt like the book, but were using it while he researches a better book for us to use. Sadly, I could have walked into a book store, and grabbed ANY physics book, and it would have been better then this one. Luckily I have several other physics books that peice together the missing information for me, but for a textbook that students depend on to learn the subject, it should'nt be required.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2007 11:14:37 AM PDT
Merlin says:
I would be interested in knowing which problems you think have incorrect solutions? I haven't worked all the problems in Ch 2 yet, but probably half of them, and I've encountered no wrong solutions yet. Doesn't your instructor post solutions, or go over solutions and methods in class? Your instructor should have a solutions manual which has ALL problems worked out in detail. Does your instructor also think the solutions are wrong?
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