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Modern Physics from Alpha to Zeta [Hardcover]

James William Rohlf
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13 July 1994 0471572705 978-0471572701 1
Designed to teach fundamental ideas as opposed to physics by formula. The primary goal is to expose basic properties of the atom, focusing on the description of experiments and data, both historical and current, used to establish physics principles. Contains 250 carefully worked single concept problems which demonstrate the thinking behind the answer and yield numerically significant results. Prerequisites include some exposure to classical mechanics and electromagnetism.

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  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (13 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471572705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471572701
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as you'd think at first glance! 2 Sep 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This book was a core text for my undergraduate physics course. At the end I was extremely disappointed with it. It tries to cover an enormous ammount of ground, but somehow does not do so convincingly. There are very important parts of Nuclear Physics theory that are glossed over or omitted. The parts on Wave Mechanics are not necessarily as poor, but I felt that I could have found a much better text for the money with a bit of research. ...You may well find it suits you, but it didn't work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best modern physics books on market! 2 Feb 2002
By KS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic for educationally scoping out modern
physics! Along with the intro. physics (Halliday,Resnick,Walker)
book it is my other favorite physics book. All the topics in modern physics are covered by it and covered well. The graphics, problems, and examples are excellent and appropriate to the degree of difficultly. A good introductory book! A wonderful reference book that I'm still using!. If your looking for a way to learn and educate about modern topics and physics then get this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good, but some bad too 15 May 2006
By Jeremy Scheff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The good is that this book does not overwhelm you with flashy pictures like a lot of Physics books do. However, the book loses 2 stars for too many typos. It seemed like every week I would get an email from my professor with corrections to the problems. I'm docking it another star for some sections which I think could have been explained better. The chapter on semiconducters was not very englightening. I had to read another book before I felt comfortable with the material.

If they ever make another edition of this book, I'm sure it will be great, but this one is just a little too rough around the edges.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can learn modern physics 4 April 2006
By Vahit Sametoglu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is really a good book. You can learn the fundamentals of modern physics comfortably. The discussions are well-presented and well-organized. The worked-out problems within chapters are especially useful, so allot ample time to study them. When I was using this book, there were a few typos, but I am sure the author must have corrected them. Some of the end-of-chapter problems may sound weird, they need some revision. Also, try not to use a calculator while solving the in-chapter problems, you can really improve your math skills.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid book 6 Sep 2005
By J. C. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Since modern physics is hardly modern anymore, most of the important topics were developed 100 years ago, so it doesn't matter that the book is 11 years old. the best part is the lack of bright colors, useless notes on the side of the page, confusing layouts- all of which add unnecessary cost to already expensive textbooks. Furthermore, if you compare to other books, the problems are generally better, with similar treatment of main concepts.

The book does suffer from the common problem of the first two chapters being mostly an historical review of concepts from 100 level physics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text! 14 Aug 2012
By deskswirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having been exposed to numerous Modern Physic texts (Tipler,Serway,Eisberg and Resnick, Krane, Gasiorowicz) in my personal opinion this text strikes a excellent balance between length and content. Necessarily it does delve into some albeit unnecessary topics and is a bit brief on others, however, the author has made a conscious effort to present the topic in a very logical manner(with a few minor infractions - the content of some of Chapter 1 seems misplaced). It does not have a plethora of flashy pictures for those that wish such. All around a great text for a first Modern physics course. My professor supplemented that text with Serway's Modern book which might be helpful but probably not necessary.
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