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Physics I For Dummies 2nd Edition

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The fast and easy way to get up to speed on physics

If just thinking about the laws of physics makes your head spin, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you out of the black hole and sheds light on this often-intimidating subject. Tracking to a typical Physics I course, it teaches you the basic principles and formulas in a clear and concise manner, proving that you don't have to be Einstein to understand physics!

  • Get into motion — start your journey with a look at acceleration, velocity, and displacement, which is a great way to understand how physics works

  • May the force be with you — get the 411 on Newton's laws and easily grasp equal and opposite forces, inertia and mass, friction, equilibrium, and much more

  • Make physics work — discover the ins and outs of turning energy into work, conserving mechanical energy, and seeing how rotational motion makes the world go 'round

  • Turn up the heat with thermodynamics — find out everything you need to know about the physics of heat, temperature, and the ideal gas laws you'll encounter in your studies

Open the book and find:

  • How to measure displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration

  • Math fundamentals and systems of measurement you need to know

  • Plain-English explanations of Newton's laws

  • The lowdown on gravity, inclined planes, and friction

  • A look at centripetal acceleration, momentum and impulse, and angular kinetics

  • The scoop on fluids, flow, and pressure

  • The laws of thermodynamics

Learn to:

  • Get up to speed on the basic concepts of physics

  • Grasp formulas in a clear and concise manner

  • Explore the newest discoveries in the field

About the Author

Steven Holzner, PhD is a former contributing editor at PC Magazine and has been on the faculty of both MIT and Cornell University. He is the author of Physics II For Dummies, Physics Essentials For Dummies, and Quantum Physics For Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903247
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Physics For Dummies Physics Workbook For Dummies Physics I Practice Problems For Dummies U CAN: Physics I For Dummies
Physics I For Dummies, 2nd Edition Physics I Workbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition Physics I Practice Problems For Dummies U CAN: Physics I For Dummies
Guide Type Tutorial Workbook Practice Problems Lessons + Online Practice Problems
Audience Level Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate Beginner to Intermediate
Pages 408 pages 336 pages 432 pages 432 pages
Author(s) Steven Holzner Steven Holzner Consumer Dummies Steven Holzner & Daniel Funch Wohns
Publication Date July 2011 March 2014 May 2015 August 2015
Imprint For Dummies For Dummies For Dummies For Dummies
Print Book ISBN 9780470903247 9781118825778 9781118853153 9781119093824
Brief Description Step-by-step instruction covering the key topics and core concepts taught in a typical Physics I course Hundreds of sample problems to test your Physics I skills; contains minimal review of core concepts and is good companion to Physics I For Dummies Hands-on practice problems with detailed answers to help reinforce core concepts and identify topics requiring more study Complete learning solution that combines lessons, practical examples, study questions, and online practice problems into one package

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My daughter sailed through high-school Physics with the help of Physics for Dummies (by the same author). My son just picked up Physics I for Dummies to get a head start on the freshman Physics I class he'll be taking at college in the fall. Guess what--he's reading it for fun!

I checked out the book before he bought it to make sure it's what he needs. I was impressed. Physics I for Dummies matches what's taught in the first semester of a year-long, high-school or college course on Physics. The good part, as my son tells me, is that Physics I for Dummies is a lot clearer and more fun to read than a textbook. If you want to understand physics in a relaxed, clear way, this is your book.

The book covers the four main subject areas of a Physics I class: motion, force, energy, and thermodynamics.

Part I deals with measurements, speed, acceleration, and vectors in a clear and humorous way. Each point is illustrated with at least one example, and the examples are well-chosen, such as cars turning corners, refrigerators sliding down ramps, and golf balls in flight.

Part II is all about force, such as the force of friction, the forces that cause acceleration, and the forces that spin objects around. Examples include ice skates, hockey pucks, the moon, hanging a sign outside a store, and more.

Part III covers energy, both potential and kinetic, as well as converting back and forth between these two forms. Examples cover things like roller coasters, springs, kicking a football, and so on.

Part IV is about thermodynamics, including such topics as temperature, heat, and engine efficiency. Here the examples show adding an ice cube to a cup of coffee, melting ice cream, what happens when steam and ice cubes mix, and more.
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I bought this book (Physics I for Dummies, 2nd Ed), along with Physics II for Dummies, in order to refresh my knowledge of Physics. I am about 1/2 way through the book as I write this review.

I haven't taken Physics in ~15 years, and I found the presentation of material to be well done. Important formulas are marked with a "Remember" icon. Formulas have at least one example problem, but if you want to practice, I recommend either finding more problems to work online, or buying the Physics for Dummies Workbook.

My main problem with this book is that there are some inaccuracies. Usually they are fairly minor, such as listing units of acceleration as m/s rather than m/s2. However, there are slightly larger issues as well. For instance, when discussing specific gravity, the book states:

"Anything with a specific gravity greater than 1,000 sinks in pure water at 4oC, and anything with a specific gravity less than 1,000 floats. As you'd expect, gold, with a specific gravity of 19,300, sinks. Ice, on the other hand, with a specific gravity of 917, floats."

"Specific gravity" should either be "density" in kg/m3, or the numbers (1000, 19300 and 917) should be 1000 times smaller. The irony is the example problem preceding this paragraph correctly calculates the specific gravity of gold as 19.3.

Errors like this are few and far between, and this is the most glaring example I have come across so far. With another round of editing, I think this book would be great.

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This book is seriously helping me with physics. It goes from the point of view that the reader knows little or no physics, but works even if you do. I've taken physics twice before, once at the high school level and again at the community college level, but didn't pass either. I'm taking it at the University level and this book is seriously helping my grade. I do wish that it had more examples, or problems I could try.

This book is more algebra/trig based physics, than calculus based. However it isn't hard to take what you learn algebraically and turn it into calculus based.
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I teach Physics and our school does not have a physics text book since we do most of the course work on line. I needed a simple way to fill in the gaps for what we were getting on line and what we were doing in the classroom. The Physics for Dummies series was a great resource. The exercises were practical and easy for the students to understand. I really like the relationship between the books and the workbook. This has been really useful for my students.
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Unlike others may be, I was not new to physics upon reading this text. I needed review for a state certification test, and this book is wonderful going over the basics of Physics 1, in a way much more understandable than Physics textbooks are. The chapters are arranged in a logical order. The examples are a bit cheesy, but somehow make it more fun to read through and understand physics concepts in real life scenarios.
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This book has a few good features, but one bad one that overshadows all the good and makes it worthless. The Good: The concepts are laid out in concise, easy to read prose with pictures. It has many practice problems (and practice is the key to understanding Physics), with the problems having the answers. The Bad: The math has SO many errors it's worthless. His calculations has small and large errors in addition, multiplication, mix-ed up numbers - it's like no one proofed the numbers! In the end, this book was useless because of the errors.
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