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Calculus based intro physics textbook recommendations?

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Hi,

I'm a first year physics student who still hasn't found a textbook for his class. Our professor mentioned that any calculus based book is okay, but I can't seem to find anything!

He suggested Halliday and Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics (extended edition), and although it covers the material, the problems in the book are too easy compared to the ones for my course, while Irodov's Problems in General Physics are too difficult for me now! I'm looking for something in between, or something that gradually increases in difficulty from basics to Irodov's book's level.

Any recommendations?
 

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Have you tried Randy Knight's Book? Another book I like is Ohanian. The Schaum's book has decent problems. Have you looked into the Physics book by R&H as oppsed to the fundamentals book? Chris McMullen wrote a series of problem books. Schaum also has a problem book. Lastly, check out this Steve Warner book.

I know I am not making it easier for you choose, but it is hard to choose for someone else as everyone likes a different approach.
 
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What problembooks would you recommend with it?
It comes with embedded problems after section topics and chapters I think.
 
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Openstax.org has a University Physics book in 3 volumes that is comparable to Halliday and Resnick and its FREE.
The problems in these books are often repetitive, and there are a lot of errors in the books. I wouldn’t recommend them as a source for problems.
 
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I didn't know that. It seems they can continuously update them to eliminate errors but I see if students are doing the work then errors can creep in.
 
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OpenStax seems to take a long time to fix errors in University Physics. Back in February, I reported an error in the answers to one of the homework problems, and they finally got around to looking at it and fixing the online text in October. And I wasn't the first one to report the error. Someone else had noted the same mistake a few months earlier.

The idea of OpenStax is neat, but the economics of the project doesn't seen to provide an incentive for adequate maintenance. I know of one instructor who dismissed OpenStax as abandonware. I think that's a little harsh, but at this point, I think students are better off spending a little bit for an old edition of a traditional textbook.
 
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I studied with the Alonso and Finn book. Though, Sears Zemansky have a nice collections of problems about Newton's law .
 

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