- Paperback: 457 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (July 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805338292
- ISBN-13: 978-0805338294
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential University Physics Volume 1 1st Edition
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Keen to brush up on my rusty knowledge of classical physics i've been browsing the market searching for a present-day introductory university course on physics. This book more than fulfilled my expectations.
It's comprehensive, concise, well-structured, a joy to read, and above all, from an educational point of view, the best book on physics i've ever read. It's so easy as a student to get the wrong conceptions in your head, and once they're there, they usually stay there for a very long time. Richard Wolfson brilliantly avoids this pitfall - he knows exactly where students are likely to misinterpret certain equations or ideas in physics, and he does a splendid job making sure the students get all "the big ideas" right from the start.
I would not only recommend this book to students of physics, but to everyone interested in the most beautiful of all sciences. If only there were more educators the likes of R. Wolfson.
Essential University Physics (2nd Edition)
First of all, let me mention that I am a tutor for physics at my college with a major pertaining somewhat to physics. Too often, this textbook does not give proper background for students to actually learn the material. It's fine if you already have a good background in physics, but this textbook is highly inappropriate to use to teach it to students for the first time. While the formulas are normally presented alright, there's rarely an actual explanation of what it actually means. In math-based sciences, each formula is a form of mathematically-based sentence with something important to say. Too often, I've had the students I've been tutoring be completely lost as to how to interpret an equation, or even stuff as basic as which number corresponds to which variable.
Volume 1 begins by introducing Newtonian physics - force and motion basically. It starts off easy enough to understand but begins to lose the essential conceptual information a few chapters into it. One thing that's of paramount importance in teaching a math-based science course such as physics is a proper correlation of what the different variables describe (such as how to distinguish which of 5 measurements of distance goes in the place of which variable). Not even halfway through the book, the provided information is insufficient to properly understand what a situation is describing much less to be able to solve a problem.Read more ›
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Exactly the same book they have at your campus bookstore only for much less.Published 23 months ago by Daniel
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I required this book for my collegiate physics course. The textbook shipped within an adequate timeframe, and the product itself came as advertised.Published on February 7, 2010 by W. Thielmann