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Classical Physics textbook for undergraduate level, self study

  1. Jul 23, 2017 #1
    Hello, I want to learn Physics, starting from mechanics to quantum mechanics and such.
    My brother is a physics student and he uses the University Physics text. This seems to be extremely popular- all my friends have also studied with this text.
    Is this a good book to get and start from page 1 and work my way to the end while doing all the problems?
    Does edition of the book matter at all?
    Any input is appreciated.
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  3. Jul 24, 2017 #2


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    Are you referring to the OpenStax books, the book by Young and Freedman, or another book with the same title?
  4. Jul 24, 2017 #3
  5. Jul 25, 2017 #4
    I Highly recommend "Physics for scientists and engineers" by Serway | Jewett
    Theory is explained at high level; There are good and many practice problems. Also, you can download/buy solutions book.
  6. Jul 26, 2017 #5
    Depends on your math ability. If you have a strong Calculus background. I highly recommend Alonso and Finn: Fundamental University Physics. The author has a very clear and beautiful way of relating everything to first principles. The problems can be hard. The explanations are concise and elegant. It makes going to books such as: KK, Purcell, Griffith, etc, easier. It also serves as a good reference for later courses.
  7. Jul 26, 2017 #6
    I forgot to mention. Please supplement Alonso with an easier book. A good book would be an earlier edition of Serway or Giancoli.
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