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ByL. Gallagheron 22 September 2006

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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ByWilliam Templaron 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.

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.

ByL. Gallagheron 22 September 2006

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!

ByGlenaramaon 20 August 2010

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).

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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ByWilliam Templaron 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.

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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ByS. Halfordon 20 April 2009

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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ByL.Aon 8 May 2014

''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. It seems to assume knowledge, so I didn't keep it, as couldn't make anything of it sorry to say.

I have highers in biology and chemistry so certainly not new to science.

Thanks

I have highers in biology and chemistry so certainly not new to science.

Thanks

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ByAmyon 22 April 2012

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.

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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ByRomanoon 17 September 2011

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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I strongly recommend this publication if you are looking for a simple guide to physics, wanting to refresh long forgotten knowledge or looking for a revision guide. The book is made up of 23 chapters related to individual subjects and gradually builds knowledge throughout. The individual chapters are relatively easy to understand and the basic concepts and the mathematics well explained. If only such a clearly written text was available when I was at school!

The author is American and so not written to specifically equate to a UK educational standard. The level by UK educational standards is probably higher than GCSE but not quite up to full A-level, in my opinion. Contrary to some views expressed I found the maths pretty straightforward to understand. Obviously it has to assume some ability in maths, but a sound GCSE knowledge of algebra and the ability to manipulate simple equations should see the reader through.

A very good basic guide.

The author is American and so not written to specifically equate to a UK educational standard. The level by UK educational standards is probably higher than GCSE but not quite up to full A-level, in my opinion. Contrary to some views expressed I found the maths pretty straightforward to understand. Obviously it has to assume some ability in maths, but a sound GCSE knowledge of algebra and the ability to manipulate simple equations should see the reader through.

A very good basic guide.

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Bypsuedo-physiciston 1 January 2015

This book is the best introduction to physics I have read so far. Virtually every book I read required pre requisite knowledge even if they said they didn't. This book is accesible to anyone who knows basic algebra. If you can handle basic algebraic fractions like 2(xy)/g then you'll be able to handle this book.

The book introduces a little bit of knowledge at a time and frequently gives short simple questions on what you've read. I find myself remembering everything from the chapter I have read. Everything is explained in a simple way.

My only problems with this bookare it doesn't go into enough detail sometimes, lacks real problems on a syllabus like GCSE or A level. My main upset is that I can't find a sequel to this book.

The book introduces a little bit of knowledge at a time and frequently gives short simple questions on what you've read. I find myself remembering everything from the chapter I have read. Everything is explained in a simple way.

My only problems with this bookare it doesn't go into enough detail sometimes, lacks real problems on a syllabus like GCSE or A level. My main upset is that I can't find a sequel to this book.

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ByAmazon Customeron 19 April 2011

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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