- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: Moose Mountain Digital Press (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970783612
- ISBN-13: 978-0970783615
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,222,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Physics2000 Part 1
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The Physics2000 series (including the non-Calculus version) is quite different from a traditional textbook. It emphasizes the value of a deep understanding of the concepts and the mathematical relationships that exist within and between those concepts. Particularly unique is the absence of the typical 40-60 "end-of-chapter" problems that you find in traditional textbooks. Instead, not unlike the old PSSC Physics series, meaningful questions are asked and challenging problems are posed right alongside the place where you encounter the associated concepts in your reading.
Most unique (and the series' best feature) is found in the electronic/PDF form of the text. There, you can click on the images which usually open as digital videos. As opposed to still photos, you can get so much more meaning from watching a narrated video that complements the concepts about which you have just read in your textbook.
I would recommend (and I believe Dr. Huggins would as well) that you supplement your purchase with any of the available resource books that contain practice problem sets. This is even more crucial for those preparing specifically for an exam of some kind (such as the AP or IB) and you should choose resources specific for your needs.
For those teaching physics who wish to consider adopting Physics2000 as a main text or one among them, I have two specific recommendations. First, be aware that there is a non-Calculus version and use that one unless your students are concurrently taking Calculus. Second, this textbook is meant to be READ; that is, sometimes textbooks are deliberately redundant because the authors know that most students don't pay attention to what they read. There is little to no redundant material here and you need to encourage your students to recognize that important difference. I actually spend a couple of days within the first week reading the Introduction part aloud in class. I model how to read the conversational style of the text and continually emphasize the importance of deliberate, focused reading when reading is assigned.