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College Physics (with PhysicsNow) 7th Edition

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"I find Serway and Faughn reads the best for students and looks (no kidding, it's important) the best. I like the Quick Quizzes. When I taught this course with previous editions, I almost never used any Conceptual questions because of the difficulty for the students to get much feedback. This was mainly because of the large class size, the wide variation of student ability, and the lack of answers for the students. With the answers to these questions in the back, that changes my position on this."

"Overall, I like the book. It is colorful, rich, mature, and reliable. There are a wide variety of resources available to the students."

"I was very happy to find both Newton's Law of Gravitation, and the formula for the period of a simple pendulum, both appearing in this chapter. By and large, I think the presentation in this book of the notions of velocity and acceleration to be quite successful."

"Your book gives great examples. Would offer no changes to that! The organization of SandF reflects the fact that the authors are (of necessity) physicists; what I mean by this is that the order in which mechanics is presented reflects the way a physicist would think. My opinion remains the same; it is one of the best textbooks at this level."

"The treatment of friction is excellent." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Raymond A. Serway received his Doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 1990, he received the Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and of the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, Sam Marshall. Dr. Serway is also the co-author of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fourth Edition, PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Sixth Edition, MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition, and the high-school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with their four children and six grandchildren.

Jerry S. Faughn earned his doctorate at the University of Mississippi. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University. He is co-author of a non-mathematical physics text and a physical science text for general education students, and (with Dr. Serway) the high-school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. He has taught courses ranging from the lower division to the graduate level, but his primary interest is in students just beginning to learn physics. He has been director of a number of NSF and state grants, many of which were devoted to the improvement of physics education. He believes that there is no greater calling than to be a teacher and an interpreter of physics for others.

Chris Vuille is an associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. He received his Doctorate in physics at the University of Florida in 1989. While he has taught courses at all levels, including post-graduate, his primary interest and responsibility has been the delivery of introductory physics. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence, including the Senior Class Appreciation Award (three times), which is conferred by the class of graduating seniors. He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory, and was a participant in the JOVE program, a special three-year NASA grant program during which he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in a number of scientific journals, and in addition in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine, where he has been a featured science writer. He created and produced, with the support of ERAU and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Elston Memorial Lecture on Gravitation, an annual event featuring public lectures by world-class scientists such as Kip Thorne of Cal Tech. Dr. Vuille enjoys tennis, lap swimming, yoga and karate, plays guitar and classical piano, and is a former chess champion of St. Petersburg (his home town) and Atlanta.

Charles A. Bennett received his Doctorate at North Carolina State University, and is Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His research interests include quantum and physical optics, and laser applications in environmental and fusion energy research. He has collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 1983, where he is currently an adjunct research and development associate of the Advanced Laser and Optical Technology and Development group. In addition to his work in optics, Dr. Bennett has a long record of innovation in educational technology, particularly in the integration of active media into on-line homework. He is a past director of the UNCA Center for Teaching and Learning, and has received UNCA's most prestigious recognition for scholarship: the Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship for 1996-1997.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 7 edition (February 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534997236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534997236
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this book for physics my sophomore year, and I have mixed feelings regarding the book. On one hand, the text does not clearly and concisely explain concepts, but on the other hand, the end-of-chapter summaries and the practice problems were great preparation for tests. I doubt you will find more difficult problems than those this author gives, and your teacher would have to be a sadist to test you with problems harder than these. As another reviewer stated, you must couple this book with the lessons of a teacher - it would be very difficult to attain a firm grasp of the concepts based on this book alone. But if you're looking for concise lists of equations and challenging applications, this book will serve you well.
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Where do I begin?
The chapter discussions are not clear nor are they laid out in a logical sequence.
The problems at the end of each chapter are complex with no hints or solutions guide to help you along. Some of the fomulas that are required appear to be plucked from thin air, because they are not to be found in the text.
The book has an attractive cover which blies the obscure and confusing contents.
I am a straight A student in the sciences. I consider myself competent when it comes to deciphering other peoples explinations and examples. Having said that, I would never, under any circumstances, recommend this book to a beginning Physics student.
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I am taking college physics as well as my second semester of general chemistry. This book in no way compares to my chemistry text. I am a very good college student with a BS in computer science and a strong physics background,... and even for me this book is extremely hard to follow. That is the consensus among my fellow students which include a friend who already has his MBA. There is not much explanation of concepts before you jump into the problems, and there are not nearly enough example problems worked in the text. Additionally, considering this is the 6th edition I am surprised to still find errors in the text.
Don't even consider purchasing the student solution manual. I think it works out about 15 of the end of chapter problems per chapter, which is not very many.
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I used this book for three quarters at my university. THe author does not do a good job presenting the material. It would help if he were a little more conceptual. If one can get a hold of the teachers solution manual and work out most of the problems, that would be sufficient to learn and get an A. But on reading the material alone, one will only become confused.
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Coming from a 3.9 GPA student who is very interested in Physics and even considering a Physics minor (pre-med first baby. :D), all I can say is... wow. Serway and Faughn have messed up royally with this textbook. I've never read a textbook that was so difficult to comprehend. They do a poor job of writing for the student.

Avoid purchasing this book unless it is necessary to do homework for your class (There's ways around this even if you need it for homework... ;) hehe). Anyway, would not have purchased this textbook if I could go back in time.

In fact, after reading every chapter, I read the same material from another textbook and watched hours of online videos before I understood anything beyond the shallow level in the Serway text. (I've tried reading my secondary textbook first and reading the Serway text just to be fair and I can honestly say that the secondary text does a far superior job of teaching you Physics!!!)

Because this book was so hard to comprehend, I ended up getting a second textbook by an author named "Giancoli" to teach me the same material. Giancoli's textbook is AMAZING. I am amazed everytime I read a lesson from Serway's book and compare it to the same lesson/concept in the Giancoli text. The Giancoli text is much, much, much easier to digest and comprehend. I find the big ideas that I learned from the Giancoli text in the Serway text written in passing as subtleties I only caught after multiple readings.

I am writing this review out of frustration having read the section on Kepler's 3rd Law multiple times and finding that even the equations used are in the absolute worst possible format compared to the Giancoli text's portrayal of the SAME IDEA/CONCEPT/FORMULA.


Still, this horrible textbook doesn't completely detract from the wonder that is Physics. It just makes your job learning it much more difficult...

All in all, just avoid this text at all costs!!!
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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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