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Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) [Paperback]

Karl F. Kuhn
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25 April 1996 0471134473 978-0471134473 2nd Edition
The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics Here is the most practical, complete, and easy–to–use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don′t consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you′ve come to the right place! This fully up–to–date edition of Basic Physics: ∗ Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about physics ∗ Requires no math––mathematical treatments and applications are included in optional sections so that you can choose either a mathematical or nonmathematical approach ∗ Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question–and–answer format ∗ Lists objectives for each chapter––you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it ∗ Reinforces what you learn with end–of–chapter self–tests

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 2nd Edition edition (25 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471134473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471134473
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics Here is the most practical, complete, and easy–to–use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don′t consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you′ve come to the right place! This fully up–to–date edition of Basic Physics: Has been tested, rewritten, and retested to ensure that you can teach yourself all about physics Requires no math—mathematical treatments and applications are included in optional sections so that you can choose either a mathematical or nonmathematical approach Lets you work at your own pace with a helpful question–and–answer format Lists objectives for each chapter—you can skip ahead or find extra help if you need it Reinforces what you learn with end–of–chapter self–tests

About the Author

Karl F. Kuhn, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics at Eastern Kentucky University.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand Physics guide!!! 20 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Amazing book!!

By far the easiest-to-understand self-teach guide to physics book I have found (I bought a few).

The format - theory - examples - questions and answers was very clear, simple and bitesized.

Before begining the book, I had little or no understanding of physics, but on a first read I was able to understand much of the material (if not all of the maths, which was also given in bitesized chunks, well explained). By the end of the secound reading, I was filled with confidence. No more would physics be an off-limits subject.

Physics is doable, even enjoyable - and this book proves it!

If you are not to buy any other book of physics, BUY THIS BOOK.

- buy it if you are interested in physics
- buy it if you are studying GCSE
- buy it if you need to revise before starting yoyur A'level

Buy it and read it twice! Note down all the equations as you go along ...

All the other 'introductions' I found suppose you know quite a bit of physics and maths already (to the authors of those books, shame on you).
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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This book is brilliant. I got it to help me revise for a medical entrance exam but this would be useful to anybody who needs a basic knowledge of physics. (GCSE, A level etc). The chapters are split into sub topics (so as not to overwhelm you) after each sub topic there are a few mini questions for you to check your knowledge (i found these really useful) and at the end of each chapter there is a topic test checking you have picked up everything from the chapter. (What was really useful about this is if you got a question wrong it told you which sub topic it related to so you could quickly flick back to it and see where you went wrong!) The explanations given are clear and concise but there are also diagrams throughout this book which clarify the explanations further! I found it easy to follow and interesting! Two thumbs up from me!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic physics - complicated subject matter 3 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
The physics in this book maybe of a basic level, as in it's not quantum mechanics or general relativity.
But thats about where the "basics" end.

The book leads you in nicely with force and motion, and I'm sure everyone is somewhat familiar with v=d/t, it moves onto newtons laws, and then conservation of momentum. All this is explained in a fairly easy to understand way, and the equations are simple, even if you missed secondary school algebra.

But then it all gets complex, and in my opinion; ceases to be so "basic". The book moves on to gravity and reveals the subject to you using the usual algebraic equations, but without decent explanations of the notation and new symbols used. if you missed advanced algebra and mathematics at school or have forgotten it; good luck.

Many of the equations displayed as answers to the "test yourself" section delve deeply into algebraic notation that wasn't even covered on the chapter it pertains to, I can only assume Karl F Kuhn PhD assumes we all have a PhD in math. Later it moves into trigonometry and more advance maths. This is compounded by the lack of explanation to the problems as well. The appendix sections are also as equally unhelpful at explaining things.

What makes this more laughable is that fact that it clearly states on the back cover "requires no math - mathematical treatments are included in optional sections". If you decide to miss the math, you miss 95% of the contents of the book, and will learn virtually nothing.

The basis of the book is good for the first few chapters, and some of the less mathematical ones, but as a basic introduction? I'm no maths genius, nor am I an F student, but it just got way to deep way too quickly and without warning or explanation. If you're going to buy this brush up on your A Level maths, trig, calculous, and algebra, because you're gonna need it.

Basic? Not so much.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars physics, still complicated?? 20 April 2009
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I never found physics easy at school and now in my thirties I am having to study it for a medical exam. My heart sunk when the book arrived, however i should not have been worried. The book is written and set out in an easy to read and absorb style. Each point is no more thanhalf a page long, with a question at the end of each point. There are also self tests at the end of each chapter. Unlike other similar books I have not wanted to shut the book after the first few sentences and I actually think i am beginning to grasp what i used to think were concepts that were beyond me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent read 19 April 2011
Format:Paperback
You don't need any prior physics knowledge to read ths book. It's written in a conversational way and with a few simple formulas dotted here and there. I thought I had a reasonable grasp on basic physics, but I have learnt lots. Well worth the money and highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better 22 April 2012
By Amy
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I liked this book, it was easy to understand.
Each section has a set of questions to test if you have understood what you have read. The only problem I found with this was that the answers are printed directly underneath the questions so you have to read the book with a sheet of paper handy to cover up the answers at all times! I found this a bit annoying. If only the answers had been printed at the end of the chapter or at the back of the book it would have been much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book on physics 17 Sep 2011
By Romano
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Basic Physics by Karl Kuhn seems to be almost perfect to me. The book is very clearly written and thoroughly understandable. Another great point is that there are lots of exercises and examples with the answers provided straight after so you do not lose too much time checking your your ones. I believe that it helped me a lot to understand the most important rules and facts regarding physics. I would highly advise to purchase this product as it provides a great deal of topical information for a reasonable price.
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''self teaching guide'' Well personally I find that title alittle misleading. I bought this in hope of teaching myself but within 1st 2 pages I didn't know what was going on. Read more
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