Richard Wolfson’s Essential University Physics, Second Edition is a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and relevant real-life applications. This text is a compelling and affordable alternative for professors who want to focus on the fundamentals and bring physics to life for their students.
Essential University Physics focuses on the fundamentals of physics, teaches sound problem-solving skills, emphasizes conceptual understanding, and makes connections to the real world. The presentation is concise without sacrificing a solid introduction to calculus-based physics. New pedagogical elements have been introduced that incorporate proven results from physics education research. Features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies help students master concepts and solve problems with confidence.
The Second Edition features dramatically revised and updated end-of-chapter problem sets, significant content updates, new Conceptual Examples, and additional Applications, all of which serve to foster student understanding and interest.
Essential University Physics is offered as two paperback volumes, available shrink-wrapped together, or for sale individually.
This package contains:
Essential University Physics: Volume 1, Second Edition (which includes Chapters 1-19)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is far too condensed to be of much use. It's cheaper, and the reading assignments feel less intimidating (4-5 pages instead of 20), but you spend just as much time reading those 4-5 pages as you'd spend reading 20 in a different text. You'll also be more frustrated and less enlightened at the end of it.
One of the maddening things this book does is it refers constantly to stuff that exists in previous chapters, figures, examples, and blurbs. You wind up flipping through the book looking for the pieces of the puzzle before you can even begin to understand what the text is telling you. Also, when you're looking for equation 26.2, you're sure to be tripped up several times by running across figure 26.2, tactic 26.2, or example 26.2. So... the book makes you constantly flip back and forth and then makes it as difficult as possible to find what you're looking for.
Our class kept encountering wrong answers in the back of this book. It's not very fun to...
If you rent it, the description specifically says a rental may not come with an online access number for Mastering Physics, which is why I chose to purchase the book instead of renting it. What they didn't tell you was that if you buy it new IT DOES NOT COME WITH MASTERING PHYSICS. I could have saved myself $65 by just renting it for the semester. The descriptions need to tell you when you're buying a "brand new book" that the online access card hasn't been included.
This is a solid and above average textbook. I think people are getting confused. They see that the book is short and terse and think that it "lacks depth." Actually, the idea behind the book is to focus on people understanding the ideas instead of losing that by doing too much math. There is not too much tricky math or too much calculus here. I think in intro physics you learn from newton mechanics, torque, to optics and gases and magnetism there is so much to learn it is impossible to ask a student to learn all of this while doing crazy calculus on it too. The depth is there, some of the math isn't, which is a good thing there is so much to learn in physics we can focus on the right stuff with this book.
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