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Physics problem books and texts

  1. Nov 12, 2011 #1
    Hi all,
    i've been searching for a great problem books in physics. Right now, i've been solving I.E. Irodov's Problems in general physics, Mir Publishers. Some of the problems are great. Its fun solving it.
    I want to know, if there are many more such problem books, requiring great skill at problem solving. Can you guys help me out? I love tough problems, the tougher the problems, the more the fun.
    I've also been looking for good physics texts to supplement the problems. Feynman lectures are classic and I love it. But I am looking for more precise texts with a bit more mathematics. I've been able to get Irodov's Fundamental Laws of Mechanics for the mechanics part. The book is a great asset for honing problem-solving skills.
    I've Fundamentals of Physics (Resnick,Halliday,Walker), but the concepts are not much clear and some important concepts are missing/overlooked in that book. In a nutshell, I don't like the book much.
    So, what according to you guys is the ultimate toughest physics problem book and an equally great physics text with terrific explanation of concepts. I maybe asking a bit much, but I hope you can help me.
    I hope you guys can understand my level of knowledge in physics. I am 18 yrs old.
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  3. Nov 13, 2011 #2
    Many people prefer the older editions of Fundamentals of Physics, simply entitled Physics. You can find people selling them on Amazon, Ebay, or AbeBooks for under $1.


    I also recommend Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow. The problems are very challenging.


    Then move onto Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell.

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  4. Nov 13, 2011 #3
    Thanks for that!
    What book do you recommend for problems?
  5. Nov 13, 2011 #4
    The problems in Physics will be a good start; however, you may find some overlap with the problems from Fundamentals of Physics.

    After you're comfortable with the mechanics problems in Physics, you can work through Introduction to Mechanics. The problems in this textbook are much more enlightening than the typical introductory problems.
  6. Apr 24, 2013 #5
    Sir Krotov

    http://www.flipkart.com/science-everyone-aptitude-test-problems-physics-1/p/itmdytgby9abebha [Broken]

    buy this book

    apart from that
    Physics Galaxy by ashish arora is good with its examples and subjective questions just a mixture from the big names.
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  7. Apr 24, 2013 #6
    intwo is very right on his suggestion.

    Be clear in concept, there are no limit of Problems in Physics. If you done I E Irodov then visit http://www.mirtitles.org/ there you find many Russian Problem Books translated to English. After that download Physics Olympiad Problems and solve them.

    If you want to buy some book then buy 200 Puzzling Problems in Physics by Cambridge University Press.
  8. Jun 25, 2016 #7
  9. Jun 26, 2016 #8
    The problem sets for Ramamurti Shankar's Yale introductory physics courses are in the course material downloads fire reach class here: http://oyc.yale.edu/physics

    Lectures of his for both courses are on YouTube, as well. Just search YouTube for "Shankar physics" without the quotes.

    There is a book version of the first half already, and the second is coming out next month. Personally, I like them. They're mostly just the lectures in print form. I recommend you watch the lectures. If you want a nice printed copy of them for reference, the books are fairly reasonably priced, about $23usd for each of the two volumes.
  10. Jun 26, 2016 #9
    Concepts of physics volume 1 and volume 2 by H C Verma. Available at Amazon and Abebooks - this will help you with both your stated purposes.
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