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Physics Textbooks with complete solutions

  1. Feb 25, 2012 #1
    I am wondering if there are some nice Physics textbooks with complete worked out solutions in them. I don't mean those books with just questions and answers.

    If there isn't a book available like that, then a Physics textbook with plenty of examples in them would also be awesome.

    A physics textbook with both plenty of examples and worked out answers, would be awesome.

    I know that you get a lot of Physics textbooks that focus on one area in particular, like Optics by Hecht (which does include complete solutions to some extend). But I am looking for one of those general cover-all areas Physics textbooks, like Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Stewart, however one with more examples and complete answers.

    Also the problems must be mostly calculus based. Since a lot of these questions and answers books, contain a lot of non-calculus based problems and only a few that need calculus.

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  3. Feb 25, 2012 #2
    If your problems are calculus based then surely you should be looking for a calulus textbook?

    Most 'all round' physics textbooks I've seen have been pretty terrible imo.
    For mechanics I'd reccomend Introduction to Mechanics by Daniel Kleppner
    I'm not really sure what other books to reccomend on the other areas since most intro level ones I've seen have been all round books :(
  4. Feb 25, 2012 #3
    My problems aren't with the calculus. What I meant is that the physics textbook should be calculus based, not like those high school textbooks.

    What good introductory textbooks do you then recommend for the following topics, that fill my requirements:
    Optics (already got the one from Hecht from the library)
    Mechanics (more General Relativity)
    Nuclear Physics
    And really basic Modern Physics

  5. Feb 25, 2012 #4
    I'm not aware of a physics book that contains the answers to every problem.

    My favorite undergraduate introductory physics textbook is Physics (volumes 1 and 2) by Resnick, Halliday, and Krane. It's calculus-based and it goes slightly deeper than the typical introductory textbooks.

    Also depending on your current level of physics and mathematics, Hecht's Optics might be slightly too much at the moment and you probably won't find General Relativity in an introductory textbook.
  6. Feb 26, 2012 #5
    Ok, thanks for the help. Seems like asking for more examples and complete solutions are too much. We are using Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Stewart for our physics classes. However, I have realized that it doesn't contain the info that I need or the derivations that the Lecturer uses. Optics by Hecht is actually very nice. I find these "one-topic" textbooks much more detailed. In the physics book by Stewart, they have a lot of problems, but, they don't reflect how the lecturers ask their questions.

    What good books are out there with plenty of examples. Because, the book by Stewart have the weirdest examples and problems, if you compare it to the questions in tuts, etc.

    Otherwise, a nice concise book would also be awesome, because the book by Stewart is super verbose. If I really need an explanation then I would use Feynman's Lectures physics books.

  7. Feb 26, 2012 #6
    I've never taken much of an interest to optics, so I can't reccomend anythnig there, I can reccomend a book for thermodynamics though;
    Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics - Keith Stowe

    You'll need to know about partial derivatives and the likes for that though but most of it has pretty simple maths.

    If you're just starting calculus based physics, general relativity, nuclear physics and modern physics are really too advanced for you atm. You'll need to know about some pretty tricky calculus, differential geometry, tensors, group theory, linear algebra and all kinds of mathematical goodies.
    I'd reccomend;
    Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences - Mary Boas
    To get you stared on the maths, but you'll still need to know more advanced material after that, but you should know where to go once you've finished that book.

    Most of the sections on GR, nuclear physics and modern physics in introduction books do more harm than good imo.

    If you want to start on the mystical journey of relativity and quantum mechanics on any meaningful level, you really need to learn your maths first. I'm a strong supporter of the idea of learning a lot of maths before you even start thinking about applying it to physics.
  8. Feb 26, 2012 #7
    Will have a look at that book when we start with thermodynamics. We have already done or will have done a big part of the math that's needed, when we start with the other topics. Like multivariable and vector calculus.

    I only really started understanding Newtonian mechanics, when I did it in applied math with using calculus. I feel that these broken down equations just make it more difficult to understand for me. So I prefer a physics type textbook that is more leaning on the maths side of things.
  9. Feb 26, 2012 #8


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    Take a look at the Schaum's outline series. They summarize the physics (although it's not quite a textbook) and havelots of worked out problems.
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  11. Mar 4, 2012 #10
    Well, how good is your german?
    There is a series about theoritical physics by Wolfgang Nolting.
    It covers classical, analytical mechanics,
    statistical physics
    and many body physics

    Each book has over 100 solved problems, but i dont think there is a translated version
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