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  • Paperback: 1632 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321501314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321501318
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 4.9 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hugh D. Young is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Carnegie Mellon for both undergraduate and graduate study and earned his Ph.D. in fundamental particle theory under the direction of the late Richard Cutkosky. He joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in 1956 and has also spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Prof. Young’s career has centered entirely around undergraduate education. He has written several undergraduate-level textbooks, and in 1973 he became a co-author with Francis Sears and Mark Zemansky for their well-known introductory texts. With their deaths, he assumed full responsibility for new editions of these books until joined by Prof. Freedman for University Physics.

 

Prof. Young is an enthusiastic skier, climber, and hiker. He also served for several years as Associate Organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and has played numerous organ recitals in the Pittsburgh area. Prof. Young and his wife Alice usually travel extensively in the summer, especially in Europe and in the desert canyon country of southern Utah.

 

Roger A. Freedman is a Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Freedman was an undergraduate at the University of California campuses in San Diego and Los Angeles, and did his doctoral research in nuclear theory at Stanford University under the direction of Professor J. Dirk Walecka. He came to UCSB in 1981 after three years teaching and doing research at the University of Washington.

 

At UCSB, Dr. Freedman has taught in both the Department of Physics and the College of Creative Studies, a branch of the university intended for highly gifted and motivated undergraduates. He has published research in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and laser physics. In recent years, he has helped to develop computer-based tools for learning introductory physics and astronomy. When not in the classroom or slaving over a computer, Dr. Freedman can be found either flying (he holds a commercial pilot’s license) or driving with his wife, Caroline, in their 1960 Nash Metropolitan convertible.

 

A. Lewis Ford is Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. After a one-year postdoc at Harvard University, he joined the Texas A&M physics faculty in 1973 and has been there ever since. Professor Ford’s research area is theoretical atomic physics, with a specialization in atomic collisions. At Texas A&M he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, but primarily introductory physics.


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This is a standard text in the US, and is the standard first year physics text for Warwick University. It's meant to be a jack-of-all trades book, covering pretty much everything you need to know for a basic degree introduction.

As such, everything from mechanics to electricity and magnetism to particle and quantum physics is covered in detail. It's written clearly, in a way that students like myself (i'm going into my second year) will understand and contains hundreds of practice questions with answers to the odd question numbers. Some universities also make use of "Mastering Physics" which is an online service which they can use to set work for students in various topic areas (you get an id number with the book that is unique to you).

Personally i thought it was a great textbook. One of the major shortcomings in most books of this sort is the lack of problems. Unlike maths where you're typically flooded with questions, physics tends to be a lot more "here's the equation, get used to it" which makes exams more difficult. Having 100 or so questions of varying difficulty after each chapter made things a lot easier for revision.

The downside is that some things are not included, for instance there is no mention of complex numbers, even for waves or quantum - this is apparently due to US courses being taken by people who aren't necessarily taking Physics as their primary degree. So, some things are omitted as a result and derivations are missed for that reason. And of course with a book of this size, some answers to problems will inevitably be wrong - but it's not a serious issue.

It's well worth getting if you're looking for an all encompassing revision guide for undergraduate physics. Whilst it probably isn't useful past the first year, it will serve as a good reminder if you forget things!
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This book is used in the first year of physics & astronomy at Utrecht University and I'm quite pleased with it. I haven't found any other textbook that explains things so clearly. This is in part due to the many figures and graphs that help to clarify things. Whereas with other books I often get the impression that either the author thinks explaining the subject matter at an elementary level is beneath him or the author simply assumes that you are as comfortable with the subject as he is, the authors of this book do neither. I have to say that I learned a whole lot more from this book than from sitting in classes and it's no wonder that this is the book of choice for many universities around the world.
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This book was a recommended purchase for my first year of a theoretical physics university course. Having almost finished that first year I am surprised regarding the number of times I have returned to this book, time and time again, for a huge variety of different physical ideas. Not only are the diagrams presented clearly and appropriately the use of graphs to display ideas such as electric and gravitational potentials really help your understanding of the concepts. Throughout the chapters are worked examples, some of which are typical of a standard university physics question. At the end of chapters are questions which help fortify your understanding of ideas from lectures and private study. For anyone undertaking their first year of physics at university, studying any (physical) applied mathematics or even someone wanting to push themselves to a post A-level standard of physics this book is a must.
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Srsly, despite the fact that I am a physfag this book is awesome! I was not able to understand those topics the way they taught me in the school(regarding the fact, that I'm not from English speaking country and English is not my native language), but this book is just brilliant, simple, logic and with a lot of examples to exercise your newly obtained knowledge. By all means - buy it if you need to learn physics through university and even before - if you are still in your A levels - you won't be sorry.

1 thing though - I was not able to find answers on those exercises in the end of all sections. This might be only disadvantage, because, if I have done some exercise - I want to see whether my answer corresponds with answer of creators of the book, thereof I am not sure about - whether I have done it right or I need to look through the task again.

In any other way - BUY IT.
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This textbook contains just about everything a physics undergraduate needs. Very useful for studying, contains questions and is very in depth. Worth the money by a country mile
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5 star because it was an excellent purchase. A book that covers most of modern physics in an easy to read style with lots of examples and exercises to reinforce your learning of the material.
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If there's something you don't understand (at undergraduate level mind) and it's relatively basic to physics, you definitely will understand after reading this. It explains it all extremely thoroughly, which is good but also why I didn't give it 5 stars. Sometimes it's too long and it feels like it takes ages to get anywhere. Don't use this book to learn a course, use this book when you're stuck on a concept you don't understand because the explanation will be so lengthy and slow paced that you're very likely to understand by then end of it (or else just accept it as it is and move on).
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