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LuisFelipe

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However, it bothers me that the book hasn't released a newer edition. During this decade there has been significant research in Physics education, and another thing I notice is that the book doesn't make itself interesting to read for the students today.

AAPT does a survey of textbooks which included Glencoe, Giancoli, and the Holt. The survey is 2014 so not really up-to-date and back then the best book was Holt, followed by Giancoli. Holt is possibly getting too old. I tried Giancoli but the publisher only sold University books here. Last, the Glencoe was the one I was thinking about but it had already been out for 3 years. Luckily, since I was inquiring about books with publishers, I was given the newest Glencoe by McGraw-Hill which was now Inspire Physics. I read the book, presented it to my peers and the administration. We decided to change to that book.

When I read through the introduction, it's like it's telling me a story and then shows me how to derive the equation that describes the situation. It's not the most technical book, but it's laid out in a proper way for someone who's introduced to Physics for the first time. Also the problems are spread out throughout each section, instead of say 30 problems from least difficult to most difficult at the end of the section. Same amount of problems, just that they are distributed.

Also, I prefer how the topics are arranged, at least for Mechanics. 2D Vectors are not introduced until after Newton's Laws. The advantage of this, in my case, is that I no longer have to teach trigonometry alongside the Math class. I've had the problem where I reach vectors and they haven't seen trigonometric functions in math or they're seeing it at the same time so this gives more time.

I prepare my own presentations and usually get the content from the book and online, but I do ask the students to solve the problems from the book. The problem with this, is that students get the solutions from Holt online. This time that shouldn't happen. I also want them to read the book, so hopefully this one is interesting for them.

I saw that some schools were already using this book starting 2019. Any teacher or student who's used this book, has any recommendations or tips of what not to do?