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Best physics book to use(please read)?

  1. Jun 18, 2012 #1
    Hi everyone,
    Let me just give you some background on my physics knowledge/experience. I am a rising sophomore in high school and my freshman year I self-studied AP Physics C and am almost 100% sure I scored a 5. Right now I'm studying for the USAPhO. I have the book Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow, and while it is a great text it is sometimes hard to follow and the problems have no solutions(so I have no way whether I'm doing the right thing or not on a lot of the problems; very few problems have solutions online). As a result, I find the Kleppner book VERY hard to follow. I was surfing the web and ran into a book called Introduction to Classical Mechanics by David Morrin. For my purposes, do you guys think the Morrin book is of better use than the Kleppner book?
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  3. Jun 18, 2012 #2
    If you don't get a response that you're looking for from somebody who knows what they're talking about, then refer to the search function in the toolbar. There are lots of threads like this (maybe not by people in the exact same situation as you, but close enough) and you'll be able to find lots of great recommendations on Physics textbooks.

    Good luck!
  4. Jun 22, 2012 #3
    Hey David,

    I'm currently studying CM using Morin's Book. I like it a lot but take heed that the area this book excels at is the abundance of good problems it offers. Only way to learn physics is by doing many many problems and this book offers just that. That being said, I'm not sure if this book is ideal for a sophomore in high school; it is more geared towards 2nd year undergrads IMO. But hey, if you are up for the task, you should definitely get this book and do the problems. I know nothing of Kleppner's book so I can't really compare. Maybe somebody else can chip in? :P

    Good Luck

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