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This may sound strange to you because its sooo popular, but is it good?

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kishtik

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This may sound strange to you because its sooo popular, but is it good?

Thanks.

Thanks.

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but yeah, recommended book.

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i prefer halliday, resnick, and krane to halliday, resnick, and walker.

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what are the significant differences between the two?

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In any event, if it wasn't a good text, it would not be in print for 40 years and used consistantly at many major universities.

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also, the text in krane is better, i think.

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Nonetheless, they both are standard introductory texts and I especially like HR-Walker for problem solving. I think I will be going through it once before I take my GRE Physics next year as it has plenty of problems, from the very easy to the quite challenging!

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Thanks for the replies.

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But even the current edition of Halliday, Resnick and Co. is better than the competition. I'd give Serway and Tipler honorable mentions, though.

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I can only judge the extended 7th edition.. (Halliday, Resnick, Walker)kishtik said:This may sound strange to you because its sooo popular, but is it good?

Thanks.

I think it's pretty great; it shows what's needed in terms of deriving formulas, it provides key ideas for each example problem, it has checkpoints, real-life applications (in the examples, blah) and loads more.

Only problem I've had with it is that sometimes I'd have to read over something twice before I'd properly get it... but maybe it's because I try to skim through all of the texts I read.

If you were to slowly progress through the book though, I don't think you'd have many problems. :D

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Erzeon said:

What are your math skills? You will need some calculus to get much from H&R.

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http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/mathematics/methods/pastexams/03mmexam1.pdf

that link is the exam for my maths subject I just did for this year. It's the final school year exam for 2003 but its basically the same as this years. It's basically calculus (derivatives of log, sin, cos etc and using those derivatives to find max/min of a problem. Also antiderivative to find area between two graphs or area enclosed by graph and the x axis and y axis). Basic trig eg sin(pi/3) = sin(60) = (root 3)/2.

Thats basically it, also a bit of complex and vector stuff. Although my skills in them are very bad but I could look back and relearn the complex numbers and vector stuff. Its basically factorising complex numbers (and that z = r cis (theta), with vectors its multiplacation, addition, division and subtration of vectors).

If "Fundamentals of physics" wouldn't be understandable(if that's a word) to me, could you please recommend another physics book?

that link is the exam for my maths subject I just did for this year. It's the final school year exam for 2003 but its basically the same as this years. It's basically calculus (derivatives of log, sin, cos etc and using those derivatives to find max/min of a problem. Also antiderivative to find area between two graphs or area enclosed by graph and the x axis and y axis). Basic trig eg sin(pi/3) = sin(60) = (root 3)/2.

Thats basically it, also a bit of complex and vector stuff. Although my skills in them are very bad but I could look back and relearn the complex numbers and vector stuff. Its basically factorising complex numbers (and that z = r cis (theta), with vectors its multiplacation, addition, division and subtration of vectors).

If "Fundamentals of physics" wouldn't be understandable(if that's a word) to me, could you please recommend another physics book?

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