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Textbook Recommendation

  1. Oct 24, 2006 #1
    I am currently in an introductory calculus based physics course. The text we use is a course packet written by the instructor that I don't find particularly lucid beyond set scenarios. I've been using Kleppner's "Introduction to Mechanics" and love its rigorous, mathematically concentrated approach. However, we are now moving into Statics, Fluid Statics, Wave Motion, and Thermo--topics not covered in Kleppner. Could any of you suggest a good Textbook covering these topics that takes a similar approach?

    Older additions of texts might be more helpful because they are availible at the library, but I'll take any suggestion.

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  3. Oct 24, 2006 #2
    despite my personal qualms with the text the "fundamentals of physics" by halliday and resnick is considered the classic intro text.

    your library probably has a copy of the book, and you could probably use that to compare your other texts too, halliday also has a very gentle manner and provides quick facts at the end of each chapter, making it a useful reference and or study aid.
  4. Oct 24, 2006 #3
    Based on the earlier discussion of H&R here, I'd probably go for an older edition of Physics, which you can get on Amazon for a few bucks.

    Feynman Lectures vol. I is good on wave motion and thermo, and is fun to read.

    For more detail on wave motion, there's French's Vibrations and Waves. A nice read on thermo is Fermi's little book.
  5. Oct 25, 2006 #4


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    i stopped studying physics because of the horrible imperession resnick and halliday made on me as a freshman. waht an awful experiemnce. the elctuyrer stunk too.

    years later, i liked the feynman lectures and the berkeley physics project, but anyone who can make it through resnick and halliday ahs my admiration.
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