- Series: College Physics (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 1128 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (March 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321601831
- ISBN-13: 978-0321601834
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This clearly-written, student-friendly text has achieved wide popularity because of its strong pedagogical orientation. The text: carefully developes problem-solving skills by means of unusually thorough step-by-step explantions of its worked examples; emphasizes conceptual understanding, reinforced by numerous Conceptual Examples; includes an abundance of real-world applications that sustain student interest and insight; features a concise treatment that focuses on the essential core material, with a minimum of digressions, superfluous features, etc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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College Physicsconveys the fundamental concepts of algebra-based physics in a readable and concise manner. The authors emphasize the importance of conceptual understanding before solving problems numerically, use everyday life examples to keep readers interested, and promote logical thinking to solve multiple step problems.
The Seventh Edition of this book presents an especially clear learning path, places a strong emphasis on understanding concepts and problem-solving, and for the first time, includes a book-specific version of MasteringPhysics(tm).Measurement and Problem Solving, Kinematics: Description of Motion, Motion in Two Dimensions, Force and Motion, Work and Energy, Linear Momentum and Collisions, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Rotational Motion and Equilibrium, Solids and Fluids, Temperature and Kinetic Theory, Heat, Thermodynamics ,Vibrations and Waves, Sound, Electric Charge, Forces, and Fields, Electric Potential, Energy, and Capacitance, Electric Current and Resistance, Basic Electric Circuits, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Waves, AC Circuits, Reflection and Refraction of Light, Mirrors and Lenses, Physical Optics: The Wave Nature of Light, Vision and Optical Instruments, Relativity, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics, The Nucleus, Nuclear Reactions and Elementary Particles MARKET: For all readers interested in the fundamental concepts of algebra-based physics.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a non-calculus based text used for biology, geology, chem and other science majors, but not for physics majors
I find the conceptual explanations confusing and the wording awkward.
The multimedia applets are of inferior quality (compared to those available with the Serway textbook)
The text and solutions are rife with typos and blatant errors.
I have gone through 4 chapters completely and done EVERY problem at the end of the chapter, and found 3 -4 errors for each chapter just in the end of chapter problems.
Examples within the text sometimes refer to material that has never been covered or skip important steps.
For example: I have had confused students come to see me many times when they do not understand where the answers came from for problems that are supposed to be fully worked out within the chapters. Usually
some clever shortcuts to a solution are skipped when these problems are presented. This leads to great confusion for the students and obstructs their learning.
Another example: Recently, the solution to a problem in Chapter 16 involved the use of "geometric mean". Such a concept will be unfamiliar to anyone who is not a physics or math major. And, it is never mentioned or explained anywhere in the text. The answer is simply presented with no explanation of where it came from.
If I had any choice in the matter I would never use this text.
Aesthetically, unlike other physics textbooks, it is also unavailable in softcover making it a rather wieldy tome for students to lug around.
There are advantages and disadvantages to disallowing the writer to use calculus in writing the material. Some formulas require calculus to derive and so must be either taken on faith as true, or the derivations looked up in a calculus based test. Fortunately the times when this issue comes up are few enough to not seriously hamper the flow of the book.
This book may be read as a first book on Physics. I strongly recommend the book Conceptual Physics by Hewitt for a running start at the subject.
Members of the lay public interested in physics may read both of these texts, as they are at introductory level and contains material on classical as well as modern physics.
The units are in SI ( metric ) which simplifies the math.
The Wilson and Buffa text has Color photos of natural phenomenon and situations that illustrate the physics under discussion. There examples are intermixed throughout showing how to work problems involving the principles involved.
I believe this book is an important part of a well rounded education. Physics is NOT an easy topic. If it were, then Newton would have developed theories on relativity and gravity waves. This book does what it was designed to do, that is assist beginners in starting their journey.
I read the book. I found it to be fun.
Yes, Real girls do physics.
I find some of the choices to emphasize certain things quite strange. For example, the book spends an inordinately long time on the difference between speed and velocity and then the author uses them wrong in a problem at the end of the chapter. But then elastic collisions don't get nearly the space I'd give (or other books give) them.
Also, this book's explanation of torque is one of the worst explanation of a technical concept I've ever seen. I've only read through to chapter 7 so I'm sure there is a lot more to complain about.
I dug up one of my 25 year old textbooks and my daughter uses that instead to learn from and gets everything much more easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used this book for both semester of college physics.
Saved me so much money yo
(I still dont like physics fyi)