University Physics with Modern Physics with Mastering Physics (International Edition) Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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Although this book is tilted 'University Physics' I believe that it is not of that level. Some chapters require complex maths that would be looked at on a undergrad course, but a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by dom dootson
For everyone who completed his physical study fifty years ago and has plenty of free time.
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