- Loose Leaf: 1136 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (March 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470556536
- ISBN-13: 978-0470556535
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The chapters and in text examples--if they can even be called that-- fall far short of explaining how to approach problems. I found myself having to buy other physics books to learn how to do basic problems that this text should have demonstrated. The WileyPlus (publisher) website promises lots of online examples, but I have been disappointed by that too. The online problems are slightly more thorough than the text, but that's not saying much. If this is your assigned text, I would be looking for a supplement asap. It does such a remarkably poor job of teaching the concepts. I get that you have to learn to apply your knowledge to new types of problems, but this text doesn't even give you the basic foundation with which to approach a new problem. I don't think physics needs to be as hard and frustrating as this book makes it. There have been far too many nights I have just wanted to smack my head against the wall out of frustration and utter shock that any publisher would publish such a crappy (there is no other word for it) book. And this is the ninth edition- you'd think it would be at least somewhat decent by now!
The reality of physics problems is that there are so many ways to ask for the same thing, and because they are word problems they give you helpful information buried within useless information. Many times you need to solve for something the problem does not even give you, then use that and the information the problem does give you to solve for what you need. Many times there is more than one way to solve a problem, which can make the problems even harder if you cannot figure out the easiest path. Part of what you ultimately have to do is extract the useful information out of the problem, draw a picture of what is going on, then determine which formulas to apply, and the easiest way to get from point A to point B. The book could be twice as long (and hence twice as expensive) and provide more examples, but even so there would still be problems that you cannot intuitively solve (or even always know how to start) just by looking at them.
Ultimately it is the book's job to introduce you to the concepts (which this book does a fine job of) and your teacher's job (or tutor or study aid if you are stuck with a bad teacher) to help you apply the concepts by doing problems.Read more ›
Good luck to all of you and I hope your intro physics class doesn't deter you from physics or the sciences in general!
P.S my instructor is useless, so YMMV.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was a great physics textbook. I had it for my general mechanics and electromagnetism courses at the university I attended. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Padraic Hagerty
It's a book! It is what I needed for my physics class and a personal keeper.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The concepts are not well introduced. the pictures are very bad, and not helpful. the example problems are the absolute worst. complete garbage.Published 5 months ago by dylan walker mills
Pretty much the standard of Physics Texts, it's been around for a while. It has the same problem set as the Tenth Edition and WAAAAAAAY cheaper, BTW.Published 12 months ago by AngryBeaver