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Physics - for scientists and engineers vol. 2

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I warned all of you that I would return with another review of school texts...

Note: I only have the 2nd volume because I transferred from Cal. State Fullerton to Colorado State University between Physics I and Physics II. So this synopsis will only cover the 2nd half of the (typically) two semester course. This volume does not include topics found in physics I such as the introduction to vectors, gravity, inertia, projectile motion, etc...

Title: Physics for scientists and engineers; with modern physics volume 2 (4th edition)
Author: Raymond A. Serway
Publisher: Saunders College Publishing

Approximate price: I dont remember. I bought it used probably for ~$60.

I believe that there is a current edition but I am not certain on that. I took this course a couple years ago (like 3).

Contents:
Part IV Electricity and Magnetism
23. Electric Fields
24. Gauss's Law
25. Electric Potential
26. Capacitance and Dielectrics
27. Current and Resistance
28. Direct Current Circuits
29. Magnetic Fields
30. Sources of the Magnetic Fields
31. Faraday's Law
32. Inductance
33. Alternating Current Circuits
34. Electromagnetic Waves
Part V Light and Optics
35. The Nature of Light and the Laws of Geometric Optics
36. Geometric Optics
37. Interference of Light Waves
38. Diffractions and Polarization
Part VI Modern Physics
39. Relativity
40. Introduction to Quantum Physics
41. Quantum Mechanics
42. Atomic Physics
43. Molecules and Solids
44. Superconductivity
45. Nuclear Structure
46. Fission and Fusion
47. Particle Physics and Cosmology
Appendix A Tables
Appendix B Mathematics Review

Pros: Covers virtually everything that a calculus-based physics book should. Adequately describes the core concepts for your understanding. Plenty of examples and diagrams as well as equation derivations.

Cons: Complex concepts may be difficult for those who have not studied past Calculus III (see my other text book review on Calculus for what is needed!).

Benefits: The reader will develop stronger problem solving and critical thinking skills. Also gain a much better understanding of the events occuring in the physical world with the ability to describe what is happening.

Conclusion: I was a tutor for physics and math at CSU for 2 years and I like this book the best so far. I have lent it to my students for their research (homework) and they agree. This book is an excellent resource for the up and coming scientist, engineer, and physicist.

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I agree I used this book over the course of 3 classes

Physics I - first third
Physics II - last Third Minus Modern
Physics I&1/2(A loving title because the engineers at my school don't have to take it) - middle section on wave, optics, and thermo

Overall a very nice book that address every major concern in beginning undergrad physics. I do however caution anyone buying it that it is not always clear on how to apply the mathematical definitions.
 

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