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College Physics, (Chs. 1-30) (8th Edition) 8th Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0805378214
ISBN-10: 0805378219
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Hugh D. Young is Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Carnegie Mellon for both undergraduate and graduate study and earned his Ph.D. in fundamental particle theory under the direction of the late Richard Cutkosky. He joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in 1956, and has also spent two years as a visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Hugh's career has centered entirely around undergraduate education. He has written several undergraduate-level textbooks, and in 1973 he became a coauthor with Francis Sears and Mark Zemansky for their well-known introductory texts. In addition to his role on Sears and Zemansky's College Physics , he is currently a coauthor with Roger Freedman on Sears and Zemanksy's University Physics .

Hugh is an enthusiastic skier, climber, and hiker. He also served for several years as Associate Organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and has played numerous organ recitals in the Pittsburgh area. Prof. Young and his wife Alice usually travel extensively in the summer, especially in Europe and in the desert canyon country of southern Utah.


Robert M. Geller teaches physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also obtained his Ph.D. under Robert Antonucci in observational cosmology. Currently, he is involved in two major research projects: a search for cosmological halos predicted by the Big Bang, and a search for the flares that are predicted to occur when a supermassive black hole consumes a star.

Rob also has a strong focus on undergraduate education. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. He trains the graduate student teaching assistants on methods of physics education. He is also a frequent faculty leader for the UCSB Physics Circus, in which student volunteers perform exciting and thought-provoking physics demonstrations to elementary schools.

Rob loves the outdoors. He and his wife Susanne enjoy backpacking along rivers and fly fishing, usually with rods she has build and flies she has tied. Their daughter Zoe loves fishing too, but her fish tend to be plastic, and float in the bathtub.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1193 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 8 edition (May 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805378219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805378214
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really good textbook. Each chapter is just the right length, and there are tons of examples. At the end of each chapter, there are like 100 practice problems to test your understanding. The answers to the odd practice problems are also included in the back. The thing I like the most about this book is the summary at the end of each chapter, great for looking up for formulas while doing homework and studying(cramming) for the exam.

***This IS a College Physics textbook, so better brush up your geometry skills before reading this. Emphasis on "VECTORS." Vector addition, subtraction, and vector components.
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Required reading for my course. This book sometimes jumps ahead in subject material without letting you know. This makes the chapter exercises frustrating. Do not waste money on the solutions manual. If you are looking for detailed explainations for problems, you do not get them. Someone with lots of Physics experience and no entry level teaching experience must have written the solutions manual. This text is pretty good but I still find myself looking for other resources to explain concepts.
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Haven't started using it yet but the 4 stars is based on how the book appears, looks interesting, and is in excellent shape. Excellent deal for the price for any book especially a text on physics. Packaging was excellent.
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Awesome college physics textbook with lots of pictures, diagrams and free body diagrams to help understand the fundamental concepts. The book has tons of systematically worked out examples to reinforce student understanding. The end of chapter summaries are presented with visual diagrams which helps in quickly reviewing for exams.

The best part besides having tons of pictures and free body diagram sketches is that only basic Algebra and Trigonometry is required for the textbook. Calculus is not needed to understand, albeit it will greatly help knowing it.
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By merlin23 on December 25, 2011
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This book has and online passcode that shows you step by step how to solve the problems. This was a lot of help when cramming for the final exam :)
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By Sean on February 4, 2013
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This is an excellent physics textbook, I am using it as a refresher while I take some time off from college, and it is perfect.
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By Wendy on January 4, 2015
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Bought it as a resource for my daughter's physics class that has no text. It worked although didn't really go with her particular course (obviously).
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There is some notable wear on the book. A few wrinkles and some notes. But overall the book it's self is perfect.
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