Dear fellows, I wonder about what is the difference between general physics (i.e. Halliday and the like) and the classical mechanics/electromagnetic theory/etc sequence (i.e. Fowles, Purcell, etc). Someone told me that it is only about the mathematics required, but in that case, is general physics needed at all? I mean, a book like Halliday seems to avoid slightly more complicated maths (if you can say that integrals are complicated at all) like the plague. Actually, I'm only complaining because I'm an undergraduate student (major in physics) and the General physics course is so annoying. It makes me think that physics is only about cumbersome text-problems that involve cars or other ridicule stuff. What is worst, with so little mathematical insight that you think perhaps you are just a chimp... On the other hand, I came across Fowles' book on analytical mechanics and, suddenly, many things started to make sense. For example, circular motion using only algebra is so difficult, but when you look through the glass of vector calculus it become so easy. And, what is most important, so beautiful. So, can someone give me some insight here please? Thanks in advance!