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Intro Physics Best AP Physics 1/2 Textbook?

  1. Jul 6, 2016 #1
    I'm currently in highschool and I'm looking to buy/rent a textbook so I can prepare myself for next year's AP Physics 1/2 class and so I can do well on the AP test. I'm pretty sure the course isn't calculus based. I know for sure my physics class will cover: mechanics, kinetic theory and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and modern physics. Any recommendations for a good textbook?

    So far I'm interested in these textbooks:
    1) https://www.amazon.com/Conceptual-P...321568095/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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  3. Jul 7, 2016 #2
    It's quite usual to read 2-4 books to understand the subject.
    So, get both of the books, Will )
    And be ready for more.

    Also, don't forget about MOOCs (khan academy, edx, coursera, udacity) and other youtube videos.
    In Physics, it's often better to see than to hear.
  4. Jul 7, 2016 #3
    I assisted (minimally) in choosing the textbook for the AP Physics 1 class for my school, and I believe that my recommendation and the one that the teacher decided on was https://www.amazon.com/Physics-Prin...d=1467944302&sr=8-2&keywords=giancoli+physics(it could have also been https://www.amazon.com/College-Phys...944856&sr=1-1&keywords=knight+college+physics as I don't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure it was Giancoli. Sorry - I know that's not helpful!). I remember looking at the introduction of Newton's laws in it, and it actually gave fairly good (and in some ways rigorous) explanations, in my opinion, for an algebra based physics text.
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  5. Jul 7, 2016 #4
    Get a college level calculus based physics book. Any would do, i.e., Giancoli,Resnick, Serway etc.
  6. Jun 14, 2018 #5
    I do not believe AP Physics 1 is calculus based.
  7. Jun 15, 2018 #6
    That is great to know. I was under the assumption. :)
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