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Schaum's Outline of College Physics, 10th edition (Schaum's Outline Series) [Paperback]

Frederick J. Bueche , Eugene Hecht

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1 Jan 2006 0071448144 978-0071448147 10

Confusing Textbooks?

Missed Lectures?

Tough Test Questions?

Fortunately for you, there's Schaum's Outlines. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. You also get hundreds of examples, solved problems, and practice exercises to test your skills.

This Schaum's Outline gives you

  • Practice problems with full explanations that reinforce knowledge
  • Coverage of the most up-to-date developments in your course field
  • In-depth review of practices and applications

Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time-and get your best test scores!

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Frederick J. Bueche, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor at-large at the University of Dayton.

Eugene Hecht, Ph.D., was professor of physics at Adelphi University.

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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest edition of THE Schaum's for college physics 15 Feb 2006
By calvinnme - Published on
Many freshman college physics textbooks are just awful. They often go on and on about what is obvious and gloss over the finer points...and of course there are no examples. This is where this book comes in. As in all Schaum's outlines, for each topic there are a few pages of theory including equations, then some problems with the solutions worked out extensively, and then finally some problems with the answers but no extensive solution. The format of the outline is the same that you should expect in any two semester college freshman physics sequence. The first part of the book is an explanation of vectors, newtonian mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. The second part of the book follows the usual second semester of freshman physics - electricity, magnetism, and optics. The final seven chapters of the outline are an introduction to modern physics, which engineers and physics students would normally take after they finish the two semester freshman physics sequence. A note of caution - do not buy the attractively named "Schaums Outline of Physics for Engineering and Science". It is chocked full of errors! Instead, stay with this old reliable title. It is the best. This is the very recently released 10th edition, so Amazon does not show the table of contents. I do that here so you can compare it to the 9th edition and see if it is worth the upgrade.

Speed, Displacement, and Velocity: An Introduction to Vectors

Uniformly Accelerated Motion

Newton's Laws

Equilibrium Under the Action of Concurrent Forces

Equilibrium of a Rigid Body Under Coplanar Forces

Work, Energy, and Power

Simple Machines

Impulse and Momentum

Angular Motion in a Plane

Rigid-Body Rotation

Simple Harmonic Motion and Springs

Density; Elasticity

Fluids at Rest

Fluids in Motion

Thermal Expansion


Ideal Gases

Kinetic Theory

Heat Quantities

Transfer of Thermal Energy

First Law of Thermodynamics

Entropy and the Second Law

Wave Motion


Coulomb's Law and Electric Fields

Electric Potential; Capacitance

Current, Resistance, and Ohm's Law

Electrical Power

Equivalent Resistance; Simple Circuits

Kirchhoff's Laws

Forces in Magnetic Fields

Sources of Magnetic Fields

Induced EMF; Magnetic Flux

Electric Generators and Motors

Inductance; R-C and R-L Time Constants

Alternating Current

Reflection of Light

Refraction of Light

Thin Lenses

Optical Instruments

Interference and Diffraction of Light


Quantum Physics and Wave Mechanics

The Hydrogen Atom

Multielectron Atoms

Pauli exclusion principle

Nuclei and Radioactivity

Applied Nuclear Physics

Appendix A Significant Figures

Appendix B Trigonometry Needed for College Physics

Appendix C Exponents

Appendix D Logarithms

Appendix E Prefixes for Multiples of SI Units; The Greek Alphabet

Appendix F Factors for Conversions to SI Units

Appendix G Physical Constants
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good supplement 22 Dec 2007
By Confusion - Published on
This book is meant as an aid for a student taking a College Physics course based on Algebra, and not on Calculus. It covers all of the major topics for General Physics I and II, from Classical Physics, including vectors, kinematics, and dynamics all the way through Modern Physics, including Relativity and Nuclear Physics.

As is the case with all of the books of the Schaum's Outline series, this particular volume is a supplement and is not intended to replace your textbook or your professor. It is really meant for someone who has already grappled with the material from a textbook and has some idea of the concepts already. If you are approaching the material for the first time, I would advise you to steer clear of this book until you have approached it from another source. Also, if you are searching for a book with a really qualitative or intuitive approach to Physics, or one with lengthy explanations, I would recommend looking for another book. If you are looking for a supplement that you can read prior to your textbook, or for a supplement that doesn't read like a condensed textbook (as this one does), I would recommend something like Physics for Dummies.

That said, the book is divided up into various short chapters. I like that the chapters are not especially long and that while most conventional textbooks would group them into one giant chapter, this book breaks them down. For example, Coloumb's Law and Capacitance are divided into two chapters. There is a terse run-through of the material pertaining to the concept (usually they are about 1-2 pages long). If you already have tried to read your textbook, this book will probably help you, as it hits the highlights and gives you a better idea of the broad picture, allowing you to integrate your information. There are some helpful figures as well.

While the summary is useful, it does miss out on some details and does not go into proofs of equations, and it does not offer a deep, intuitive break down of the concepts. For example, the book says "the equations of motion are related graphically," but the authors have not included or explained the graphs in the text. They assume that you have a textbook to explain those details. In short, I can see this being particularly useful right before an exam as a quick review, but not as a primary learning source.

After the summary of the concepts, there is a section of worked problems, and a section of supplementary problems that are not worked, but to which answers are provided. The book has a plethora of problems that will test your understanding of the subject matter. The best way to learn Physics is to do problems constantly, and this book really forces you to figure out how to problem solve. The questions range from easy to difficult, and many problems are likely to challenge you.

While the problems are very helpful in reinforcing what you have learned, I do have a few minor issues. Sometimes the explanations of the worked problems can be a little too brief, and can be a little confusing. I would also have liked to see all of the problems worked through (but I do believe Schaum's has a book of 3000 fully worked problems). My biggest problem is with the formatting of the Supplemental Problems, as the editors have placed the answers right next to the questions! It is impossible not to see them. I think they should have put the answers in the back of the book.

I would say that this is an excellent resource for quick brush-ups and for problem solving help. I wish that some of the explanations of the concepts had been a little more detailed, but this is one of the best General Physics aids that I have found. I must stress once again that this book is NOT a replacement for your textbook, and that it is not some sort of shortcut or miracle book. You will have to put in a lot of work to understand Physics, and studying the summaries and problems in this book will certainly give you more confidence, and will allow you to tackle the problems set by your teacher with greater ease. This book has really helped me out.

Thank you for reading my review, and I hope it was helpful to you.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to begin your Physics education 12 Dec 2005
By Michael Birman - Published on
I wore out two copies of this Schaum's Outline of College Physics over the years. This is the Physics review book geared towards courses using Algebra and not Calculus. The Calculus based Outline, Physics for Engineering and Science, utilizes more rigorous mathematics, requires a greater comfort level with abstraction and is, unfortunately, notorious for its typos. I find that learning Physics, which is daunting enough, can be traumatic if you are simultaneously worried about mathematics AND errors. Freshman Physics is pretty universal in its design, but not so universal in its implementation when it concerns mathematics and rigor. This book presents essentially the same Physics topics as the Calc based one. It's filled with some nice examples, good and clear explanations and many solved problems. If your Physics course is Algebra based, then this book is more than sufficient review. Just do as many problems as you can until the material is part of your genetic structure!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book, study it, and you will be confident in solving physics problems and do well in class!! 18 Feb 2007
By physicsforlife - Published on
Oh my,I absolutely love this book!! It is by far the most useful supplementary book I've ever used! I had a horrible AP physics teacher and textbook in high school, but this book saved me. The example problems in the book show us almost all the techniques we will ever need to know for introductory physics. It's easy-to-understand, yet sophisticated enough to be useful for college physics. It covers just the right material. I've personally found that in order to do well in physics, one has to be very good at recognizing what strategies are needed for a problem and then knowing how to apply thosee techniques; studying this book helps us with just that.

The way I do it is, for each chapter first I read through the summary (not long; just about a page), then I carefully read through most of the problems, and then put the word "key" next to the few problems that I know I must absolutely internalize because they contain crucial techniques. When tests roll around, I will study those "key" problems and if time allows, the other ones as well. And if you want to do really really well on tests, make sure you take a look at the last few advanced problems as well.

I am in an intro physics course in college right now, and I still find this book useful. This book helped me aced the AP, and is helping me stay in the top portion of my class right now. And, it's helping me appreciate physics more because I have the confidence to tackle problems. It takes some time to get stuff out of it. But if you put the time into it, this book will be soooo helpful to you!! :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Calculus based supplementary book 4 Jan 2007
By Jeanne M. Bergelin - Published on
Our school uses "Physics for Scientists and Engineers" by Serway and Jewett. The Schaum book of problems teaches some tougher concepts in a less complicated way. It's a "worth-your-time & effort" supplement to any calc-based physics book.
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