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worst book I've ever used in teaching a course,
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2010 6:30:47 PM PDT
Jose Rayo says:
I was a student using this book and I hardly ever liked physics. What textbook would you recommend?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 9:41:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2011 5:29:12 PM PST
try Understanding Physics by Michael Mansfield & Colm O'Sullivan
the books by Richard P. Olenick / Tom M. Apostol / David L. Goodstein - ISBNs 0521304296, 0521715903, 052130430X
Posted on Mar 18, 2011 5:08:47 PM PDT
aki maglalang says:
I'm a physics student and I completely agree with you. Serway does not tackle physics in an "intuitive" method. Mostly getting students involved with a lot of equations. Even if Serway tries to explain it intuitively, it is done very poorly. This is the kind of stuff that you remember for the test and then forget it a week later.
Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:01:50 PM PST
I find that I spend an equal amount or more of study time in this book than any of my classmates and I still have a terrible time solving the textbook's problems.
No matter how talented one may be in physics, he/she cannot sum up applications for Newton's three laws in half a page. According to the summary for said chapter, you would think that Newton's three laws were merely an afterthought. However, once I began working on the problems in the book I found out just how difficult motion problems can be when you've had very little assistance.
If you are about to take physics and this book is on the class listing, prepare to invest in a tutor and spend a third of your daily routine studying!
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