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Intro Physics Fundamentals of Physics 10th edition by David Halliday

  1. Jan 25, 2017 #1
    I honestly don't like this text at all. Is there any other calc based physics textbook out there?
    I just got textbook from the library which is titled:
    Physics for scientists and engineers 1st edition

    Please if there's any book out there post it!
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  3. Jan 25, 2017 #2
    Matter and Interactions is good. It covers mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, and does away with the later chapters the HRW has on nuclear physics and whatnot. More suitable for first year introductory courses than HRW is, in my opinions. Worth checking out.
  4. Jan 25, 2017 #3
    Does this cover mechanism? Like the first physics sequence of physics?
  5. Jan 25, 2017 #4
    Yes, it covers everything a first year student will need to know.
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  7. Jan 25, 2017 #6

    I'm that kind of student that if a book doesn't have my needs I look at other book resources. For example, my organic chemistry book was john McMurry 9th edition. The book itself was not enough for me because I like to make notes and chapter outlines. When I did the chapter outlines I fell sleepy and didn't learn anything. After that I proceeded to buy two other organic chemistry books, wade and Klein. I fell in love with these two books. So many exercise problems from each section, which McMurry lacks of from. Thats why I don't like the physics book.
  8. Jan 27, 2017 #7
    There's a ton of calculus based textbooks out there. But if you do not detail why Resnick does not fit your bill, it will be hard to suggest a viable alternative.
    I can tell you what I think are better text, but de gustibus...

    So, French is a very good advice (all of his books are, bless him). It is in my opinion the best intro to physics one could desire. But for some it is too much verbose.

    As far as all-in-one volumes go, I really liked Ohanian's Physics. I believe the second edition to be better than the more recent ones. You can find it used on amazon for a few cents. Three dollars shipped at home.

    I also love Alonso and Finn's Fundamental University Physics - the three volume versions, sadly out of print and not easy to find at reasonable prices.
    You can find, though, the single tome version "Physics" but it is a dumbed down version, especially in what where the contents of volume 2 (fields and waves) and volume 3 (quantum and statistical mechanics, essentially no longer included).

    So, there you have it.
    I hope you'll find one that fits your gustibus.
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