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Need something better than Wiley Fundamental of Physics?

  1. Nov 9, 2013 #1
    I'm nearly done with my first semester of college as an electrical engineering student. I'm doing pretty well other than in my physics class which I am struggling. I'm maintaining around a C+ right now. While it's passing, I know I can do much better. The class is late at night and I can't understand my professor well and my textbook "Fundamentals of Physics" by Halliday and Resnick doesn't help me all that much. It's not the worst textbook, but it seems quite abbreviated for my liking. Lots of equations but not too much explanation. It makes it very tough to learn or relearn information from lecture.

    Since my final will be soon, I'm looking for a decent book (or any resource) that might be better than this book. I'm basically looking for something that can teach me things from the ground up, and not as a supplement to a lecture. I'm also looking for something relatively inexpensive.

    Any ideas?

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  3. Nov 10, 2013 #2
    I think you can choose a more simple book like "College Physics, McGRAW Hill", this book doesn't include calculus and vector in the equation. By the way, which one are you struggling with? General Physics 1 or General Physics 2 ?
  4. Nov 10, 2013 #3
    This is general physics 1. Mechanics.

    But we use vectors all the time. Sometimes we will need an integral or derivative to solve a problem. It's not that i find the material too difficult to comprehend. I consider myself a smart person. What our professor expects from us and what the book teaches are different things. I'm just looking for an all around better written book that can help me basically self-study.
  5. Nov 10, 2013 #4
    I have been reading good things about Kleppner, for mechanics. I had a look at it and it looks like it could fit the bill for your needs. Have a look at it in a library or bookstore, since it could be a tad too much for a first course in physics (but it still is elementary mechanics).

    (Woah, were did this title come from?)
  6. Nov 11, 2013 #5
    Thanks! I'll give it a look!
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