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Are these textbooks good?

  1. Feb 14, 2013 #1
    I've finished my first semster (which included Calculus 1 and Physics: Mechanics). I'm currently in my second semester (which includes Calculus 2 and Physics: Waves and Fields).

    So apparently the textbooks that my university assigns are terrible according to the reviews here. So I'm looking for supplemental books, but I'm totally overwhelmed. Can anyone help me lower my number of choices?

    For physics (waves & fields):

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=670160
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666388
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666108
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=665636
    https://www.amazon.com/Vibrations-Waves-Introductory-Physics-Series/dp/0748744479?tag=vglnk-c905-20
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=665800
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666677
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666185
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666083
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=665596
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=666157

    For calculus 2:
    Will finish this later. I have to go to class right now.
     
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  3. Feb 15, 2013 #2

    Fredrik

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    You should name the books here so that we don't have to click on every link. But it can't be a bad idea to include the links as well.
     
  4. Feb 16, 2013 #3
    Did you even click on the Amazon links for those books? Most of the books you listed do not even cover the subject you wish to supplement. You should have waited until you were done with class to make a proper post.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2013 #4
    Can you be more specific?
     
  6. Feb 16, 2013 #5
    For those who prefer the titles:

    Problems in General Physics
    The Road to Reality
    The Feynman Lectures on Physics
    Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics
    Vibrations and Waves
    Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems
    Newtonian Mechanics
    Vibration and Waves
    Classical Mechanics
    An Introduction to Mechanics
    University Physics with Modern Physics
     
  7. Feb 16, 2013 #6

    micromass

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    People usually recognize textbooks by the authors and less by the titles. So you might want to list the authors...
     
  8. Feb 16, 2013 #7
    For those who prefer the authors:

    I.E. Irodov
    Roger Penrose
    Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands
    V.I. Arnol'd (Author), K. Vogtmann (Translator), A. Weinstein (Translator)
    A.P. French
    Stephen T. Thornton (Author), Jerry B. Marion (Author)
    A.P. French
    George King
    Herbert Goldstein (Author), Charles P. Poole Jr. (Author), John L. Safko (Author)
    Daniel Kleppner and Robert J. Kolenkow
    Hugh Young, Roger Freedman, Lewis Ford
     
  9. Feb 16, 2013 #8
    IMO, you shouldn't always trust reviews on Amazon...often times there are negative reviews from students who expect to be spoon-fed :)

    If you've already covered a semester of mechanics than I think K&K's mechanics text would be good (I'm learning mechanics 'properly' from it but sometimes refer to a more standard text for clarification). I like the questions in it - really makes you think about the physics.
     
  10. Feb 18, 2013 #9

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