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Intro Physics Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Serway and Jewett

  1. Strongly Recommend

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  3. Lightly don't Recommend

  4. Strongly don't Recommend

  1. Jan 22, 2013 #1
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  3. Jan 22, 2013 #2
    I am using this book for my intro physics series. I think it doesn't give a thorough explanation, such that after you have read it, you probably won't feel comfortable enough to tackle the ''intermediate'' difficulty problems, and certainly no chance to solve the ''challenge'' problems. They could get rid of the unimportant sections to be able to expand on ideas and give a thorough explanation is a more plain speech, rather than technical gobble-di-goo and doing a few derivations of equations, but reach into the heart and soul of physics so there is a better conceptual understanding.

    Don't buy the newer editions, they are significantly more expensive for the same product basically
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  4. Feb 17, 2013 #3


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    The great point in this book is that it provides systematic methodology of solving problems. The course and everything is explained in a way that helps, at the end, to solve related problems. Its examples are relatively not easy. This book is straight, it gets directly to the point. The derivations are little compared to some other textbooks, but when provided, they are clear. This book insists on the accuracy of the provided knowledge which makes the reader avoids much of common mistakes, say for instance, the emphasis that the displacement when computing the work is of the "point of application of the force" and not necessarily of the object; however, sometimes accuracy hurts specifically when dealing with friction; in such situations modelling is very helpful rather than dealing with it at the atomic and molecular level.

    The problem with this book is that its level is relatively high; it assumes the mathematical background higher than what many students really have. It also skips some steps in the derivations and solved examples considering them easy enough which is not the case in many situations.
  5. Jun 12, 2013 #4
    My school uses this text, noticed it skimming through. Figured I'd post a short review.

    The subjects are explained in minimal detail, while the problem sections are rather large. Often, the problems will be far too difficult for a beginner. The solution manual is almost a necessity. I don't think I prefer this text as a primary study guide, however it gets the job done. This is a good book if you're looking for supplementary problems to work.
  6. Jun 26, 2013 #5
    Like similar level math and science texts, this book suffers from excessive use of color, way too many problems, way too many examples and applications, and new editions that come out way too often.

    Beyond that, however, it is a great book. I have skimmed through quite a few of these books (halliday resnick, giancoli, tipler) and I can say that this is one of the best; the explanations are clear and the problems are very good, they require you to think and problem-solve. Other books tend to be very computational. Like others have said, the level is a bit high; you need to know your calculus.
  7. Jul 23, 2013 #6
    This book is so atrociously bad I don't even know where to begin. No offense to people who appreciate this text but the equations are practically smashed in your face. I am looking at the rotation/angular momentum chapter (10) of the 7th ed. and there is absolutely no proof-development for formulas, the gorgeous graphics either address the topic(s) myopically or are flat-out pointless and every single problem in the book is approached on a plug-and-play formula basis. I am ashamed to claim I even own this excuse for a text.

    Sorry for the harsh review but I take this subject seriously and this book seriously offends me.
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