While physics can seem challenging, its true quality is the sheer simplicity of fundamental physical theories--theories and concepts that can enrich your view of the world around you. COLLEGE PHYSICS, 8e, provides a clear strategy for connecting those theories to a consistent problem-solving approach, carefully reinforcing this methodology throughout the text and connecting it to real-world examples. For students planning to take the MCAT exam, the text includes exclusive test prep and review tools to help you prepare.
worst book I've ever used in teaching a course
By Benjamin Crowell - May 20, 2010
I used this text for one semester because I had just been hired, and there was no time to switch to a different one before the beginning of the semester. This is by far the worst introductory physics textbook I've ever used in teaching a course. If a student read this book from cover to cover, and understood everything at the depth at which it was presented, that student would still know almost nothing worthwhile about physics. That's because the book is simply a dolled-up compendium of equations, without any intellectual underpinnings at all. The whole thing is geared to letting students solve trivial plug-in problems, without understanding what they are actually doing or why. The absurd price tag just adds insult to injury.
Much, much better than i'd expected
By Primadona - November 2, 2009
This book gets bad rap and as much as i thought i'd be here righting a bad review, I find myself agreeing with Mr Nevin's review. This book is actually good.
So anyway, glancing through this book without reading will scare you because everything will look like greek. Read it and it is the best thing. i don't even read everything, mostly the parts where it introduces formulas and i work along the examples. If you're having problems with the examples, because i feel like the author has it broken down to the last bit, then you need an pre-algebra refresher. I got introductory physics as a second language to help me break down this book and to be honest, this book helped me break down the mechanics chapter in the physics as a second language book. I know i read one of the reviews here on amazon where the author wrote that parts of the book has been rewritten so my review only applies to the 8th edition only and not previous editon.
The text devotes most of its space to problems, and rather little to explanation. The problems are good and appropriate, though on a few occasions they solved problems in a manner that was unnecessarily obtuse. Explanations and background text should be much greater.
I gave this text a 3 star primarily because the end of chapter problems are far too difficult. The text does not adequately prepare one to solve the problems, and the study guide (which seems to be out of print) offers only a smattering of the problems. There is not the progression of easy to hard problems, so they are uniformly hard.
This text is noncalculus based, which may be good or bad depenending on your needs.
There is a good variety of problems, from biology, engineering, etc.
The Holt text seems to offer better problems, though I have not used the text much.