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Fundamentals of Physics 5th Edition
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The result has been quite disappointing for me, regarding Halliday's book.
The book is very clear and well illustrated, and can be successfully used as an easy intro to the subject. It is also complete since you'll find all of the classical and modern Physics topics.
But ... but unfortunately in this case easy has meant shallow to me, since it often happened that for a given topic, concepts were given "as they were", with no explanation of the why or how scientists arrived to a given formulation or result. Take the case of Simple Harmonic Motion: x = Acos(wt+f). Although this formula presents no difficulties to me, I wonder where it does come from, how we (humans) first arrived to this conclusion. I had to read Sears and Zemansky to learn that the experiment that lead to this kind of formula includes a simple form of phasors.
The approaches sounds quite different to me: Halliday says "Take it for granted, be faithful", Sears and Zemansky say "This is the proper kind of formula, and you can see why by yourself if you do ...".
This is important to me, since I use to block myself on a concept until I fully understand it.
Another drawback of this book is the quantity of problems at the end of the chapter. In my humble opinion, an average of 65-70 problems are too few (considering you have the solutions of only half of them, i.e. the odd numbered ones).
So, this is my conclusion: easy and complete introduction to Physics, but too shallow to be really useful in a university course.
An advice for the students: Dont start doing your homework before you understand the material. I have seen it numerous times, students that have not understood what is really going on, trying to solve the problems. Big mistake. Open the Halliday-Ressnick book, study the material first and then solve the problems. There is a general fear among the students to go through the theory of the book (any book) first and spend some quality time trying to absorb it. They just think that physics is too difficult of a subject and that they wont understand a thing. For that reason they just use their collection of formulae and blindly try to apply it in order to solve the problems.
I believe that Halliday-Resnick breaks this barrier, their treatment of the subject shows how much they care for the student and they do their best to explain things in the easiest possible way.Something that really breaks the ice is a photograph at the beginning of each chapter that shows an everyday phenomenon that will be treated in the course of that particular chapter, like the picture showin a young girl up in the mountain, with her hair floating up in the air!Read more ›
I first opened this book at the beginning of last summer, having known absolutely nothing at all about Physics. Using this book as my sole resource, I self-studied for the AP Physics C exam and often used this book in lieu of my school's Physics B text for its simplicity and ease of understanding. The 5's on all three of my exams were in no doubt attributed to Halliday's great ability to teach the material.
However, I will admit that the problems that are presented in this book are short of the perfection reached in Halliday's ability to teach physics. There are an ample amount of problems per unit, about 100 per chapter, which is by far plenty. However, the majority of the problems are too hard to solve given the examples in the book and definitely require further studying and experience with physics problem.
On the otherhand, the main reason I chose this book over others is because of its availability of Instructors Solutions Manual, which has every single problem solved in the text. The manual can easily be found on the internet through google, which saves you from the trouble of only being able to solve odd problems and a often lame student's solutions manual.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived within a day of order, however it's falling apart. Honestly looks like someone let their dog take a bite out of the cover.Published 3 days ago by KARLA
Bought this for my son who's taking PHYS class this summer. It is great for him, the loose leaf is really convenient!Published 1 month ago by NJA
as much as i would like a physics book, does its duty. however this textbook has information to last for three semesters of physicsPublished 3 months ago by Everett Reyna
Covers basically all you will need to learn for most engineering degrees. The only downside of this book is that it does not include WileyPlus access code for the online homework... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jorge Rivera
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