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Is this coursebook good for a physics major student?

  1. Feb 17, 2017 #1
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  3. Feb 17, 2017 #2


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    None of the twenty chapters of that book deals with electromagnetism.
  4. Feb 17, 2017 #3


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    I assume you really mean Vol. 2 which covers electromagnetism, or the combined book which includes mechanics, electromagnetism and some modern physics. This is a common textbook for calculus-based introductory (first year university) physics courses in the US. It's comparable to e.g. Halliday, Resnick & Walker's Fundamentals of Physics. I've never used it myself, but the major textbooks at that level are very much like each other in regard to topics covered.
  5. Feb 17, 2017 #4
  6. Feb 18, 2017 #5
    I would try to get my hands on Alonso and Finn: Fundamental University Physics.

    Book 2 deals with Electricity and Magnetism. Great book series that is between Halliday and Resnick and books like Kleppner/Purcell.

    Alonso does not shy away from calculus. Connections between Physic ideas are shown, and derivations are clear and mathematically correct.
  7. Feb 18, 2017 #6
    I have Principle of Physics too (10 th edition) and our new professor gave us this book.I think its combined with mechanics and electromagneticisim,cause in cover theres no info about volume..

    I guess Principle of Physics and this book are same in most sense as you said
  8. Feb 18, 2017 #7
    • BS: Physics Dept., METU (1989)
    • BS (double major): Mathematics Dept., METU (1989)
    • PhD: Physics Dept., University of California at Berkeley (1995)
    Its his education,I think he is great
  9. Feb 18, 2017 #8
    and I am in METU so....
  10. Feb 18, 2017 #9
    I dont know I have two physics book...I have to solve their problems first :)
  11. Feb 18, 2017 #10
    As Jtbell said ıts combined
  12. Feb 21, 2017 #11
    Then why ask for our opinion?
  13. Feb 21, 2017 #12
    Opinions are always good :)
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