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Basic physics - complicated subject matter
on 3 March 2012
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.