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Any information on an old physics textbook?

  1. Apr 28, 2012 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I apologize if I've placed this in the wrong section. I don't know if anyone will be able to help me with this, but after an exhaustive search of the net, I can't seem to find my answer.

    There is a university physics textbook that my local public library once had in circulation (they no longer do) that I used to frequently check out as a teenager. I would love to see if I can find this book once again but unfortunately, I do not know the name(s) of the author nor the publisher. The only information I can recall is that the title is "Physics" in large white letters (I believe). I am sure the publication was in the 1970's; I feel confident it was probably between 1977-1979 range. The book's cover was a picture of electrical discharges, not a picture of lightning, but rather in a kind of laboratory doing electrical experimentation, if that makes sense.

    If this sounds familiar to anyone and if anyone has any information whatsoever regarding the publisher or author(s), I would be greatly appreciative. I'm sorry my description is so choppy.

    Thank you for taking the time to read!
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  3. Apr 28, 2012 #2


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    The first thing that comes to my mind is "Physics" by David Halliday and Robert Resnick, which was a very common textbook for many years. They also did a somewhat reduced version called "Fundamentals of Physics" which was also very popular. I used that one when I was an undergraduate in the early 1970s, and taught a course from it in the mid 1980s.

    Both textbooks are still available, but have been "taken over" by other authors as the originals retired:

    Physics (Halliday, Resnick & Krane)

    Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday, Resnick & Walker)
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    Check also this search.
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    Thank you to all who have responded and offered help. I really appreciate the assistance!

    I've examined some of the suggestions but to no avail. It's probably been at least fifteen years since I last laid eyes on this book, so my memory is kind of fuzzy on the details. If this helps at all, I seem to recall the color of the text was in a maroon/red-brick color. It was a calculus-based text also.

    Also, I can't guarantee that what I'm about to say is correct, but there may have been a large Van de Graff (possibly two) generator on the front cover. As I said earlier, I recall it being a picture of a laboratory setting doing electrical experimentation of some kind.

    As far as the year bracket goes, I do remember knowing that was one of the publication years. I don't think it was released any earlier than 1977, but I could be wrong.

    Again, I appreciate any and all further assistance.
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