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What are the best physics and math books for high school?

  1. May 10, 2016 #1
    What are the best physics and math books that countains all the information needed for high school I need internationals books that have the best curriculum from the grade 9 to 12 . The main thing is when I will learn physics in the university I don't want to stop on anything without knowing it .
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  4. May 10, 2016 #3
    This post has uncanny similarity with the following
  5. May 11, 2016 #4
    It's not an easy question, because every school system prepares the students for a specific final exam which can be very different from a country to another (graduation in the USA, gaokao in China, abitur in Germany, baccalaureat in France, etc ... ). It would not surprise me that an excellent student in one country fails miserably in another. So your choice should depend on the exam that you are passing.
  6. May 11, 2016 #5
    I am asking this to not fail in other countries I want the books that are confirmed from the international physics departement as the best books for high school grade 9-10-11-12
  7. May 11, 2016 #6
    You really can't compare. Try to take these exams and you'll see that the expectations are very different. You should ask ' I'm chinese, what are the best books to prepare university in China ? '.
  8. May 11, 2016 #7
    There are no such books. You're asking the wrong questions. You should tell us what your goal is. You should tell us your current knowledge. Then you should ask for the best books which would take you towards your goal given your current knowledge. You seem overly focused on some kind of "international system", which doesn't exist.
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  10. May 11, 2016 #9
    I am in grade 11 when I will finish high school I am going to study physics at university in USA (I am not fro USA) all I need is the best physics text books for grade 9-10-11-12 and the best math textbooks for each of these grades because physics and math books in my country (middle east) are not good compared to USA so I will go to university with a lot of thing that I haven't seen them in my high school books . So I think USA has the best physics and math books curriculum in the world I want the books used in high school there and if its not USA then which country ? And what are the books used there ?
  11. May 11, 2016 #10
    Think twice there. The usual US high schools are not very good. And the average US university is not good. There are many European or Asian universities which are definitely up to par or even better than US universities. Not to mention that they're a LOT cheaper. But ok, your dream is to go to US universities. Sure. I'm not going to answer your question because I don't know which books they use in the US high schools (they're probably very bad books), and because I don't think you're asking the right question.
  12. May 11, 2016 #11
    I want the physics book for grade 9 that can contain all to let me be ready for higher . what's wrong with this question ? Forgot about USA . IT can be from any country
  13. May 11, 2016 #12
    You should tell us in detail what you know of physics and math.

    I personally think all physics books from high school are crap. You're better off going with a university textbook.
  14. May 11, 2016 #13
    so it's better to finish high school using books of my country (middle east) then get a university textbook ?
  15. May 11, 2016 #14
    No, it's better to get a university textbook right now if you're ready to handle it.
  16. May 11, 2016 #15
    and which one is good ?
  17. May 11, 2016 #16
    Sigh.... That's where you tell us your current background in physics in math. And no, saying you're in grade 11 is not a detailed explanation. Actually list the topics you know of math and physics.
  18. May 11, 2016 #17
    I think that it's not a lot of things that's why I want a high school book . physics : Newton laws , motion , DC ,AC voltage , waves , optics
  19. May 11, 2016 #18
    And math?
  20. May 11, 2016 #19
    vectors , linear system , scalar product , absolute value , trigonometric functions , cartesian product
  21. May 11, 2016 #20
    You're really not putting in much effort in this, are you?

    OK, so you know about trigonometry? Trig functions, trig identities, manipulation of trig identities, trig equations, applications to triangles and circles?
    You know about analytic geometry? Equations of lines and planes? Dot product? Vectorial product?
    Algebra? Solving polynomial equations? Solving inequalities? Roots, powers, logarithms? Parabolas and quadratic equations? Sketching functions? Systems of equations? Systems of inequalities?
    Calculus? Limits? Derivatives? Integrals?
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  23. May 11, 2016 #22
    So you know all of what I listed?
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  25. May 11, 2016 #24
    Good! Then you should be able to handle a university physics book. You can either try Halliday & Resnick: https://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Physics-David-Halliday/dp/111823071X/ which gives a thorough introduction to all kinds of physics. This should cover all you see in high school and also the first few courses in university.

    Or you can give yourself a challenge and try Kleppner and Kolenkow. This is the intro physics book at top universities. You seem to have the mathematical prerequisites already, so you can start the book! https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mechanics-Kleppner-Daniel/dp/0070350485
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  26. May 11, 2016 #25
    okay thank you
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