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Difference between University Physics and College Physics (by Young et al)

  1. Aug 1, 2012 #1
    I currently have College Physics by Young/Geller. My friend (who is superb at physics) told me that that book is not good and University Physics by Young/Freedman is a better choice. I would really like to know what is the difference between these 2 books? Should I invest in the Uni Physics book, considering that I already have the other? The context is that I really hope to make it into the national team for Physics Olympiad, or at least get a gold/silver in the National O. I'm currently 10th grade (not in US), and have maybe 1.3 years more to study for the exam (if i can make it to nats in the first place.)

    If anyone has any tips for me to study for it, it will be even greatly appreciated:D

    (Oh and I also happen to have ebook of Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday/Resnick. I know it's good, but I dislike reading ebooks)

    Thank a ton!
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  3. Aug 1, 2012 #2
    Introductory calculus-based physics textbooks are more or less the same. Just pick one that suits you. I wouldn't waste money getting another introductory textbook.
  4. Aug 1, 2012 #3


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    Young's College Physics is not an introductory calculus-based physics book. It is an algebra-based physics book, and that is the difference between the two books. So in a sense, the OP's friend is correct -- Young's University Physics would be the better choice.
  5. Aug 1, 2012 #4


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    I've never used Young/Freedman myself, but it's probably pretty similar to Halliday/Resnick in the topics covered, and in the mathematical and conceptual level.
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