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Intro Physics Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Paul Tipler and Gene Mosca

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  1. Jan 27, 2013 #1


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    Table of Contents

    Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations/Waves, Thermodynamics

    Chapter 1: Measurement and Vectors
    Chapter 2: Motion in One Dimension
    Chapter 3: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
    Chapter 4: Newton's Laws
    Chapter 5: Additional Applications of Newton's Laws
    Chapter 6: Work and Kinetic Energy
    Chapter 7: Conservation of Energy
    Chapter 8: Conservation of Linear Momentum
    Chapter 9: Rotation
    Chapter 10: Angular Momentum
    Chapter R: Special Relativity (Extended Version only)
    Chapter 11: Gravity
    Chapter 12: Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
    Chapter 13: Fluids
    Chapter 14: Oscillations
    Chapter 15: Traveling Waves
    Chapter 16: Superposition and Standing Waves
    Chapter 17: Temperature and Kinetic Theory of Gases
    Chapter 18: Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics
    Chapter 19: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
    Chapter 20: Thermal Properties and Processes

    Electricity & Magnetism (EM), Intro QM, Atoms & Molecules, Relativity, Nuclear

    Chapter 21: The Electric Field I: Discrete Charge Distributions
    Chapter 22: The Electric Field II: Continuous Charge Distributions
    Chapter 23: Electric Potential
    Chapter 24: Capacitance
    Chapter 25: Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits
    Chapter 26: The Magnetic Field
    Chapter 27: Sources of the Magnetic Field
    Chapter 28: Magnetic Induction
    Chapter 29: Alternating-Current Circuits
    Chapter 30: Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
    Chapter 31: Properties of Light
    Chapter 32: Optical Images
    Chapter 33: Interference and Diffractions
    Chapter 34: Wave-Particle Duality and Quantum Physics
    Chapter 35: Applications of the Schrödinger Equation
    Chapter 36: Atoms
    Chapter 37: Molecules
    Chapter 38: Solids
    Chapter 39: Relativity
    Chapter 40: Nuclear Physics
    Chapter 41: Elementary Particles and the Beginning of the Universe
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  3. Feb 15, 2013 #2
    What got me into physics was reading Tipler in middle school, so I admit my review may be bit biased.

    However, all of the canonical "AP Physics" books aren't worth their price, Tipler included. When comparing the Tipler etc. texts with those of Feynmann, JJ Thomson/Poynting, Maxwell, or even with the specialized texts (Kleppner, Purcell etc.), it is difficult to recommend the Tipler etc. texts to any budding physicist.

    In terms of the problems, I think that Tipler is somewhat more difficult than its competitors, so I'd recommend it above Halliday, Serway, etc. The examples are non-trivial too. Overall, it is an okay book for an AP Physics class, but only because of the pathetically low bar set by collegeboard.
  4. Feb 16, 2013 #3
    This is my favourite introductory physics text. It is playful as one can tell from some of the problems: a monkey falling from a tree, grabbing a dollar from under a block, riding a skateboard and a block on an incline, etc. If you enjoy a text that isn't too serious and a nice collection of problems to choose from, use this text.
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