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Homework Help: Who's using masteringphysics.com here?

  1. Sep 14, 2004 #1
    Hi -

    I am just curious on the folks who are using this tool for their class? It seems that if you are than you are also using University Physics with Modern Physics, 11th Edition as the class book. Is it just me, or does the book sometimes do not really prepare to do some of the problems on w3.masteringphysics.com.

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  3. Sep 15, 2004 #2
    im doing mastering physics, but i have "Physics with Modern Physics for Scientist and Engineers, Third Edition". but yup, we use the same site
  4. Sep 15, 2004 #3
    How do you find using your book? Is it actually useful and easy to understand?
  5. Sep 15, 2004 #4

    it's alright, but yea it doesnt prepare you for questions on masteringphysics. it's totally different questions
  6. Sep 15, 2004 #5
    im using masteringphysics.com and University Physics with Modern Physics, 11th Edition Vol. 2 as my text.. Strangely the problems are a bit harder than they were last sem.
  7. Sep 15, 2004 #6
    Mastering Physics here too, though I'm using Physics with Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Third Edition by Wolfson and Pasachoff.
  8. Sep 16, 2004 #7
    I would use Mastering Physics, but my professor hasn't activated the thingy and put up any exercises. I tried it last year though. Seemed quite useful, though typing all the more special characters was a bit of a chore. Don't have a clear memory anymore...
  9. Sep 16, 2004 #8
    i hate masteringphysics, i perfer doing hw and turning it in so teachers can tell you what your doing wrong.

    "Mastering Physics here too, though I'm using Physics with Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Third Edition by Wolfson and Pasachoff."

    same here, what hw# are you on now? im starting HW#9
  10. Sep 16, 2004 #9
    Yeah I’m with coconut... I used mastering physics and it blew and didn’t really help me. In the end we just kept using other people answers and distributing it around the class. IT was so pointless. Although this could have been because we were using the stand alone version, and had a different book.

  11. Sep 16, 2004 #10
    9 as well. Do you have AIM by any chance?
  12. Sep 16, 2004 #11
    I am using the University Physics with Modern Physics 11th Edition and I tried to get onto masteringphyscis.com today but I don't have a course code or something so I'm still working on that one...it's not required for the class so it's no big I just needed help with Gauss' Law tonight so I was gonna check there...so much for that...

  13. Sep 16, 2004 #12

    yes my aim name is CDesign1111

    what about you?
  14. Sep 19, 2004 #13
    need help w/ mp

    i'm using mastering physics for u. physics. we've already completed 4 assignments. most of the problems can be worked out by using the hints, but some just seem impossible. feel free to im me if you need help or can offer any. i don't know if the problems are exactly the same, but i'm sure the concepts are similar. i really wish there were more problems w/ numbers.
  15. Nov 6, 2004 #14
    Help with MP.com

    Does anyone know of a place, (specifically a forum style website), that is good for help (or answers...I'm not going to lie...) regarding MasteringPhysics.com problems??

    That would be pretty sweet :rolleyes:

  16. Nov 7, 2004 #15
    I hate Mastering Physics too! We don't use the same book any of you guys are using either, but we are in the process of changing. Right now we're using Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday/Resnick/Walker Sixth Edition as well as a trial book called Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Randall Knight.

    I'm on HW #9 too! Anyone know how to do the last problem (Problem 14.82), second question? (The rest aren't too bad with the hints!) :rolleyes:
  17. Nov 16, 2004 #16


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    I'm using Physics with Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers. the book gives examples but nothing that compares to the problems that are required in MP. It would be nice to have a step by step solutions so you know where you went wrong.
  18. Nov 16, 2004 #17
    Mastering physics

    Hey ppl, I am using mastering physics as well, with the book PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. I find the assignments don't help at all or prepare me in any way for the exams, so it becomes a waste of alot of time that could have been spent doing questions that help. Mastering physics tests theory, exams test numbers in problem made questions. Anyways, since so many people are using mastering and physics why don't we just post questions if any, in this post IF anyone gets stuck... There's a good chance we've all done it. Tell me what you all think...

  19. Nov 22, 2004 #18
    I'm using mastering physics too....my professor's not too good at going over the materials we need for the assignment...I'm on my last assignment for the quarter which is #10 so I'm happy but also stuck
  20. Nov 22, 2004 #19
    What's with all the whining about mastering physics!?!?!?!?!?!?

    If you actually look in the book, you will find that all the problems on masteringphysics are from the exercises at the end of the chapter. My teacher doesn't teach at all and I have to read the book on my own, which can get a bit hard, but if it wasn't for mastering physics I would fail all the tests. Mastering physics kindda forces you to learn the stuff (that you won't if you get a website with the answers). Sometimes on mastering physics, they have odd numbered questions for which the solutions can be found in the solutions manual...look there. Other times, the mastering physics problems will be word for word from examples in the book...they even use the same exact pictures right from the book sometimes!

    Just do the problems section by section, first read all the problems on one section then read the section keeping the problems in mind. I found that the fastest way to get the answers to the problems and understand them (ace the tests also).

    Usually, I can do about 80% (sometimes even 100%) of the hw from just the summary with all the equations at the end of the chapter which doesn't teach you anything, but if you remember that the hw is due in an hour you can try that.
  21. Nov 29, 2004 #20
    Understanding Work and Kinetic Energy

    Mastering Physics Proble HW#9
    Info: A 30.0 g ball is fired horizontally with initial speed v_0 toward a 110 g ball that is hanging motionless from a 1.10 m-long string. The balls undergo a head-on, perfectly elastic collision, after which the 110 g ball swings out to a maximum angle (delta_max) 52.0 degrees. Question: What is v_0?

    Can anyone hint me on the formula? I'm totally lost... :confused:
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