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Introductory physics textbook: which to choose? =)

  1. Jan 14, 2014 #1
    Hello so lovely people! I present my self: Ali, 12 years old from Niger, I decided to start learning physics on my own.

    Some people first recommended me to read a book titled "Conceptual physics" to get the sense of what we are doing physics, I have read it and it is excellent!

    Now I try to go a little bit further, and I found three interesting books:

    1. Helliday & Resnick - Fundamentals of physics
    2. Young-Freeman - University physics
    3. Seway-Jewett - Physics for scientists and engineers

    Which to choose my lovely people?

    Thank you.

    (psst... I already learnt calculus)
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014
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  3. Jan 14, 2014 #2
    Please you may say this is not of importance.... But no!! it is important to me!!
  4. Jan 14, 2014 #3
    I think the 12th edition of Young & Freedman is the best of the three, something really cool that you could watch before or while trying that is:
    which is all free on youtube etc...
  5. Jan 14, 2014 #4
    I have done only an introduction to physics, so I can't say much, however I have often seen books like Kleppner's Mechanics book often recommended along with an EM book by Purcell (though I have heard some say it is a bit too advanced before doing classical mechanics).

    Also, being 12 and learning calculus/basic physics is quite an achievement.
  6. Jan 15, 2014 #5
    THank you! I'm just waiting for another recommendation and I will pick Young-Freedman.
  7. Jan 15, 2014 #6


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    I think Young and Freedman's University Physics is a good choice, but I also like Halliday and Resnick Fundamentals of Physics, perhaps because that is the text I used 50 years ago and it's still going stong...I'm sure my edition was an earlier version of course...:wink:.

    Looks like MIT uses University Physics.

    If you can afford it..get them both...good to have a backup when you don't understand something....
  8. Jan 16, 2014 #7
    Thank you! :D I'm learning from the web and I do have them both so I'll have fun! ;)
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