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What are the top books in physics for a freshman engineer

  1. Jan 3, 2018 #1
    I am freshman engineering student and i want to improve myself in physics specially in mechanics
    now i study from "Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics ( 8E 2009 ) Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett" (Serway)
    and i want to know if (Serway) will be enough for my study (Mechatronics) or shall i study from a more specific book in mechanics ?
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  3. Jan 3, 2018 #2

    Wrichik Basu

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    I've heard a lot about Landau and Lifshitz's book "Course of Theoretical Physics Volume 1 - Mechanics". Check that out, it might help you.
  4. Jan 3, 2018 #3
    thank you
  5. Jan 4, 2018 #4


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    I do not recommend Landau and Lifshitz's book for a freshman engineer. At least in the US, it is considered a book for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students in physics. Again, in the US a physics background at the level of Serway is probably fine for preparing you for the engineering mechanics courses that would be part of the curriculum.

    If you have spare time and desire to study mechanics at a higher level on your own, you can either look at the next level of physics books or look at engineering mechanics books. I am not familiar with most so hesitate to recommend any for you to purchase. It may be worthwhile for you to go to your library and look at physics books such as:

    There are also many engineering books. A free one can be found here:

    Good luck,

  6. Jan 4, 2018 #5
    thank you
  7. Jan 11, 2018 #6
    No no no, please don't read Landau if you are a freshman :doh: To read Landau, I think you need a good mathematics and physics background.
    I can say that if you only read Serway, it's not enough for you to study mechatronics, but it is indispensable because without learning it, you can't learn further, higher. Keep reading Serway or Halliday to learn the fundamental. Besides, you can read some books like David Morin or John R. Taylor like the guy above, they are very good books too.
    After having a solid background, you can move to a next level, called Theoretical Mechanics. Theoretical Mechanics / Analytical Mechanics is very necessary if you want to be an engineer, and Landau's book and some theoretical mechanics books will take effect. But that is the story of a few later semesters.
    So, keep reading Serway and Morin (or J.R.Taylor), learn math and master them to have a solid background about fundamental physics, those are the things you should do first.
    Keep learning :biggrin:
  8. Jan 23, 2018 #7
    Thank you!
    I think it is a brilliant advice and i will take it :oldlove:
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