- Hardcover: 1632 pages
- Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 12 edition (April 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080532187X
- ISBN-13: 978-0805321876
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Refining the most widely adopted and enduring physics text available,University Physics with Modern Physics, Twelfth Editioncontinues an unmatched history of innovation and careful execution that was established by the best selling Eleventh Edition. Assimilating the best ideas from education research, this new edition provides enhanced problem-solving instruction, pioneering visual and conceptual pedagogy, the first systematically enhanced problems, and the most pedagogically proven and widely used homework and tutorial system available.Mechanics, Waves/Acoustics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Optics, Modern Physics.For all readers interested in university physics.
About the Author
Hugh D. Young is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Carnegie Mellon for both undergraduate and graduate study and earned his Ph.D. in fundamental particle theory under the direction of the late Richard Cutkosky. He joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in 1956 and has also spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
Prof. Young’s career has centered entirely around undergraduate education. He has written several undergraduate-level textbooks, and in 1973 he became a co-author with Francis Sears and Mark Zemansky for their well-known introductory texts. With their deaths, he assumed full responsibility for new editions of these books until joined by Prof. Freedman for University Physics.
Prof. Young is an enthusiastic skier, climber, and hiker. He also served for several years as Associate Organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and has played numerous organ recitals in the Pittsburgh area. Prof. Young and his wife Alice usually travel extensively in the summer, especially in Europe and in the desert canyon country of southern Utah.
Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Freedman was an undergraduate at the University of California campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles, and did his doctoral research in nuclear theory at Stanford University under the direction of Professor J. Dirk Walecka. He came to UCSB in 1981 after three years teaching and doing research at the University of Washington.
At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy. When not in the classroom or slaving over a computer, Dr. Freedman can be found either flying (he holds a commercial pilot’s license) or driving with his wife, Caroline, in their 1960 Nash Metropolitan convertible.
A. Lewis Ford is Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. After a one-year postdoc at Harvard University, he joined the Texas A&M physics faculty in 1973 and has been there ever since. Professor Ford’s research area is theoretical atomic physics, with a specialization in atomic collisions. At Texas A&M he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, but primarily introductory physics.
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The book has been Pearsonized in the sense that there are millions of problems in it that you will probably never do. However, this allows instructors to pick problems that match their pedagogy and allows students to have plenty of other practice problems. Also, the MasteringPhysics problems seemed to be easier than the textbook problems.
My first course in Mechanics was much easier than the second semester. The problems in the Electricity/Magnetism section can be very, very hard even if you are completely prepared. Sadistic professors may assign these problems without covering the necessary material in class. So make sure you have a kind and effective professor!
With that said, this book is entirely appropriate for self-study and for traditional courses. But be careful when you sign up for the second semester. Freshman math classes (college algebra through calculus III) can easily be covered in a short period of time by anyone who is mathematically sophisticated. It is not necessarily the same for natural sciences, and I learned this the hard way in Physics II by taking it in a 5-week summer session. Unless you are entirely confident, over-prepared, and already experienced with electronics in some way, please take my advice and complete this course in the long semester. The alternative is very stressful.
The writing is clear, and the typesetting is beautiful. You will want to keep it on your shelf if you intend to go further with physics.
Students: Buy an earlier version for around $50 and spend the $70 for the access card and save over $100
Received loose leaf version of this book for around $63, great price but sadly a page was damaged when it arrived.
Now for what is not so good, which lies entirely in the cynical marketing strategy. I have compared the 12th edition to the 11th, and I cannot find one additional subject or chapter or even one that has been deleted. The two books seem to have identical subject matter, and that is saying quite a bit for two 1700 plus page textbooks that are supposed to be different editions. So what is different? From the publisher's own information, the difference seems to be in revised exercises, revised drawings, added sketches to worked examples, added goals at the beginning of each chapter, and other such minutia. Hardly the stuff that new editions should be made of considering the price tag. The final ploy, just to insure that the poor students are "locked into" buying a new book is the concept of the student access kit that comes with each book and acts as a personal tutor to the student. But here's the catch - once one student has opened it and used it, it is useless to any other student. So much for reselling your textbook at the end of the semester. Normally I would take off at least two stars for such blatant highway robbery, but the book is so artfully done I just can't find it in myself to do so. The following is the table of contents:
1. Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors
2. Motion Along a Straight Line
3. Motion in Two or Three Dimensions
4. Newton's Laws of Motion
5. Applying Newton's Laws
6. Work and Kinetic Energy
7. Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
8. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
9. Rotation of Rigid Bodies
10. Dynamics of Rotational Motion
11. Equilibrium and Elasticity
13. Periodic Motion
14. Fluid Mechanics
15. Mechanical Waves
16. Sound and Hearing
17. Temperature and Heat
18. Thermal Properties of Matter
19. The First Law of Thermodynamics
20. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
21. Electric Charge and Electric Field
22. Gauss's Law
23. Electric Potential
24. Capacitance and Dielectrics
25. Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force
26. Direct-Current Circuits
27. Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces
28.. Sources of Magnetic Field
29. Electromagnetic Induction
31. Alternating Current
32. Electromagnetic Waves
33. The Nature and Propagation of Light
34. Geometric Optics and Optical Instruments
38. Photons, Electrons, and Atoms
39. The Wave Nature of Particles
40. Quantum Mechanics
41. Atomic Structure
42. Molecules and Condensed Matter
43. Nuclear Physics
44. Particle Physics and Cosmology