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AP Physics B with a Calculus Based Book?

  1. Sep 9, 2007 #1
    Hi, I'm studying AP Physics B (Algebra Based) on my own, and I have a calculus based book: Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett. I haven't taken calculus yet, and I don't want to spend $100 on another textbook (I got this one from a friend).

    Does AP Physics C (Calculus based) add to Physics B or is it a more advanced form of physics B and will it be possible to use this book with no knowledge of calculus, and can I use it for the AP Physics B exam?

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  3. Sep 9, 2007 #2
    Most calculus-based text book do not cover modern physics (hydrodynamic, atomic physics, etc) for physics B.
  4. Sep 10, 2007 #3
    APB is more general and covers many more areas like thermo, nuclear physics, and optics. None of it is too challenging, but its probably not in your textbook. APC goes very in depth on two subjects: mechanics and E&M. If you dont want to buy another textbook, you should get some sort of AP guide to study for the other things
  5. Sep 11, 2007 #4
    yeah you cant use Serway's book to study for ap physics B. it doesnt cover E&M and modern physics. If you need books to study for the ap physics B, you can always borrow books from the library or even try asking if your physics teacher will give away books for free. They might do that if they have too many books
  6. Sep 11, 2007 #5
    High school and public library doesnt have a very complete collection of science book in general. At least in my HS and local library, they didnt have any book for college level class
  7. Sep 12, 2007 #6
    You might be able to get away with a 5 if that book covers mechanics and electricity and magnetism. When I did the exam in 2006 about 95% of the multiple choice questions were electromagnetism questions. Well, maybe that's an overexaggeration, but there were a lot of electromagnetism questions.
    Well, Physics C's mechanics section is about the same as Physics B's, plus angular momentum, some calculus problems and a few other additions. It isn't too bad. I can't say the same about electromagnetism.
    As for resources to prepare for the exam, I used this book.
    It's great for Physics B, but for Physics C the textbook you have might be more helpful. (I had Halliday/Resnick)
    But like I said, you could probably manage a 5 on the Physics B exam by making sure you have a solid foundation of mechanics and electromagnetism and cramming the rest-- my teacher happened to obtain the past papers for Physics B for us and going through all of them a few days prior to the exam was really helpful.
    Good luck with that.
  8. Sep 12, 2007 #7
    Giancoli's physics for scientists and engineers is a great book
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