Book for introductory Modern Physics?

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This is for a 2nd year undergraduate course at community college. The course description says it covers: atomic and nuclear physics, relativity, space physics, and elementary particle physics.

Which book would help me through this course?
 

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Do you know which book the course is going to use?
 
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No, but I've sent an e-mail to the Physics department head. The course description also says that there is considerable mathematics used, and the pre-requisite for this course is Calculus III and Calculus Physics III, so I'm going to presume that it uses a lot of Calculus and maybe Linear Algebra/Differential Equations?
 
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I posted a couple of links in an earlier thread:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3876321#post3876321

I've taught a course like yours from Taylor. I haven't used Krane, but it seems to cover similar territory. Before I used Taylor, I used Beiser, but that book doesn't seem to be in print any more.

Another way to find out which book your course will use is to ask your college's bookstore. Even if they don't have it on their shelves yet, they should have gotten book orders for fall from course instructors at least a couple of months ago.
 

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