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University Physics with Modern Physics with Mastering Physics (International Edition) Paperback – 1 Jul 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 1550 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 11 edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321204697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321204691
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 5.5 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Hugh D. Young is 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, Berkeley.

Professor Young's career has centered entirely on undergraduate education. He has written several undergraduate-level textbooks, and in 1973 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.

Professor Young is an enthusiastic skier, climber, and hiker. He also served for many years as Associate Organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and has played numerous organ recitals in the Pittsburgh area. Professor 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. Professor 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, Professor Freedman teaches 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, Professor Freedman can be found either flying (he holds a commercial pilot's license) or driving with his wife, Caroline, in their 1955 Nash Metropolitan.

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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Format: Paperback
When selecting this book, I had a good look at all the one-volume introductoy physics books on the market and although others (such as those from Halliday, et al, Cutnell and Johnson, and Benson) are as comprehensive, this one wins hands down in terms of readability and presentation: Both the main text and the accompanying diagrams are first rate.
The only real drawback with this book is its sheer size. At 1500+ pages it's very heavy and its bulk also makes it less than suitable for idly skimming through. However, that goes with the territory, as you don't get too many physics textbooks that come in pocket editions. I'd echo the other review's comment that a multiple-volume edition would be a good idea, although I'd suspect many thrifty students would be prepared to live with this rather than pay the extra.
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After using this book for a couple of lecture courses at Warwick University (Relativity and Mechanics). I can say it is a great buy probably the best book I have bought. The book has loads of questions (over 100 for some chapters) for practice and the key points help summerize the equations you have learnt which is really useful, and 50% of them have answers at the back too. The book is very detailed, probably too much as just a backup for lectures, as it is huge, but there is probably enough to learn the subject on your own, it also seems pretty well written and has lots of diagrams and pictures too. The book also includes a sunscription to MasteringPhysics.com which works well, it is extremely useful but to be useful it needs to be supported by your university, the book comes with 2 years of free subscription.
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This book is an excellent choice for a first year physics undergraduate. Without it I wouldn't have got a first in my first year at uni. Gives a good introduction to most areas of physics, and question and answer sections are particularly useful for exam revision. Not much use past the first year however when specialised books are required.
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This is a very comprehensive text book, covering all the topics one could reasonably expect to encounter in the first year of a physic university course in good detail. Key concepts are derived, discussed and summarised, and there are many worked examples. All chapters end with a summary which is useful for revision or for quick-reference.
Unfortunately, some of the derivations and worked examples are poorly done. On some occasions, many steps of working are skipped, while on others, things are worked through in far too much meticulous detail.
I tend to use my copy mainly for reference or reminding myself of points from lectures. I would not want to use this as a sole method of learning physics.
I also find the sheer size of the book prohibitive. Not only is it too heavy to easily carry around, it is also sufficiently large and heavy that merely turning through the pages can be a chore. This would be a much more usable book if it were published in two volumes.
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Having graduated in Physics some years ago I now find myself working towards a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics and required a good undergraduate book in order to go over the essentials and basics of a lot of material. I found this book to be excellent as a reference guide, covering everything you should need for a first degree as well. The specialist chapters on Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are treated just right in my opinion as there are more detailed books available in these subjects, but it gives the core ideas a good going over. I wish I had used this book in my undergraduate years.
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Bought this for my son, a first year physics student and he loves it. Says it is informative, very helpful and a book he constantly refers to. I think he likes how it is laid out and presented which is important for material which already has a high level of difficulty to learn and understand.
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On the upside, this book is filled with examples, and it has a lot of figures and graphics that helps keep it out of the 'dreary, dry and dusty'-category. When beginning physics, it is helpful having a book such as this because it contains most of the basics for reference.

The problems appear when you advance in knowledge in physics and mathematics. The authors have a hard time getting to the point, because their strategy seems to be to explain everything as verbosely as possible so as to ensure that none will fail to understand it. After a while this gets incredibly tiresome, and it is also impossible to filter out the superfluous and get to the point, because the points are concealed in vast quantities of text. The book also takes annoying shortcuts, because it tries to be accessible to everyone, even those lacking Calculus.

The final verdict is that this book is somewhat useful, but could have been condensed to half its size by cutting its awful attempts at being pedagogical. For effective learning, you would do good to look elsewhere for more concise books.
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