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Physics Problem Book Recommendation

  1. Mar 21, 2007 #1
    I'm currently attending Physics I: Mechanics Course
    I took the first test, and the test included problems that were not
    on textbook nor a recommended problem book, i.e. schaum's 3000 problems..
    The problems were interesting twists on the concepts, the problems were not
    so difficult, but I was taken aback by them.
    If anyone can recommend interesting or challenging physics problem book
    , that would help me so much
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  3. Mar 23, 2007 #2
    You can try the REA Physics book.
  4. Mar 24, 2007 #3
    Kleppner's Intro to Mechanics has a great set of challenging HW problems. Most of the "classic" physics test problems are in there along with some other very interesting problems.
  5. Mar 25, 2007 #4


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    Get Irodov's book (problems in general physics).
  6. Mar 25, 2007 #5


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    Your instructor probably wants to find out whether you can think, not just remember previously-seen solutions. :wink:
  7. Mar 27, 2007 #6
    Well, by solving variety of problems, I will be actually studying for the test by working through problems. I think theorems and applications of it must be studied together to increase my understanding. And I'm not going to memorize the solutions themselves, by working with them, I'm looking for the methods of solving. New relationships can open ways to many others.

    Btw, thanks for the recommendations
  8. Oct 7, 2007 #7
    i would like to suggest you to do herbert goldstein 3rd edition
    the problems are challenging
  9. Oct 7, 2007 #8


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    schaum's 3000 problems set is a joke for a physics major in my opinion.
    for first year physics look at kleppner's/french's/kittel's books.
    if you pick at least two of them or even one you could rest assure that you have the best book for this introductory course in mechanics.
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