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Book recommendations (Got any?)

  1. Oct 11, 2005 #1
    I was wondering if any of you physics guru's have any good recommendations for college physics books. I'm taking my first semester of calc based physics, and the book required for my class is this one http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0471216437/qid=1129070861/sr=8-10/ref=pd_bbs_10/102-4903779-8726509?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 Needless to say, I'm not a big fan of this book. I especially don't like the lack clear derivations for the different physics concepts. I'm a huge book learner, and I'd like to find a good book that clearly and accurately outlines the different physics concepts and the math behind it. I was wondering if there was a better book than this one. Not that my current text book is bad, it just doesn't suit my learning style.
    Any suggestions?
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  3. Oct 11, 2005 #2

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    Start with "An Introduction To Mechanics" by Kleppner and Kolenkow. Truly top notch, the perfect introductory mechanics book in my opinion.
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  5. Oct 12, 2005 #4
    Hahah, funny... that's probably my favourite physics book to date..
    Anyway, I've heard "University Physics" by Young is alright, then again the reviews aren't too good...
    I'd just say, stay away from any Serway books. (His book College Physics has taught me never to trust his texts ever again...)
    "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" by Tipler is pretty good by the looks of it.. and our teacher's going to adapt it for our Calc-based physics class.
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