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Books for self-study AP Physics C : Mech & Electromag

  1. Mar 4, 2009 #1
    Hai guys iam kinda new here, this is actually my first post. So after i chose to independently self-study the whole of AP Physics C, i ended up compiling a list of books i needed. They are:


    -Halliday, David, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walke. 2008. Fundamentals of Physics, 8th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

    -Serway, Raymond A., Robert J. Beichner and John J. Jewett. 2000. Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 5th ed. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole Publishing.


    -2000 Solved Problems in Electromagnetics (Schaum's Solved Problems Series) (Paperback) by Syed A. Nasar (Author)
    -A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations (Paperback)by Daniel Fleisch (Author)
    -Engineering Electromagnetics (Hardcover) by Nathan Ida (Author)
    -Electricity and Magnetism, Vol. II (Hardcover) by Edward M. Purcell (Author)


    -Elements of Newtonian Mechanics: Including Nonlinear Dynamics (Paperback) by Jens M. Knudsen (Author), Poul G. Hjorth (Author)
    -Newtonian Mechanics (M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series) (Paperback) by A. P. French (Author)
    -An Introduction To Mechanics (Hardcover) by Daniel Kleppner (Author), Robert Kolenkow (Author)

    Obviously, iam not a rich guy and cant afford all these; if i were i wouldnt be postin this. So what i need is for someone, who studied/knows these books, to give me an idea of what he/she would purchase out of all these giving a maximum of 1 main, 3 electromagnetism, and 2 mechanics. In my style of studying, i prefer to have a book which imprints the underlying theories of a topic and then alloys those theories into the math of it. The other one, namely the book with lots of problems (ex 2000 Solved Problems in Electromagnetics) should give practice for me to apply those skills gained from the aforementioned type of book into problems. Those problems ofcoarse should have nice solutions. Iam still looking for a problems book for mechanics, again it would be very nice to list a book you know of that gives newtonian mechanics (pregraduate) type of problems. Thanks alot, whoever you are !_!
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  3. Mar 4, 2009 #2
    Serway is the only book you need. The older editions of Halliday and Resnick are outstanding. They contain particularly good discussions of Maxwell's equations.
  4. Mar 4, 2009 #3
    Not to mention that I bought the 5th edition of the halliday book for under $5.00 on amazon....!
  5. Mar 6, 2009 #4
    Hey Brian do u mean the Krane one, or the Walker one. I heard there was a difference between the two, and somebody mentioned that the krane version was more harder. Which book do u prefer ? Thanks dud
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