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Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide

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The fast, easy way to master the fundamentals of physics

Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don't consider yourself a "science" person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 12th 1996 by Wiley (first published March 29th 1996)
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Mar 01, 2017 Prince rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good comprehensive book

Has all major physics topics, summarized, well written, including major authors, as the title says, basic physics. Will pass you any major physics competition.
Jul 16, 2012 OperatingSystem rated it liked it
This is a good introduction to physics and its many sub-topics, but does not explore any of them too deeply. For an intro, it's great!

The only problem I've had with this book is with some of the practice problems — there were times when it was difficult to tell whether I was wrong in my answer or whether the book was. I'd research alternate sources that would agree with *my* answer rather than the book's. I'd like to give the author and editor the benefit of the doubt in thinking they made sure
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May 13, 2014 Susan Skelly rated it really liked it
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A great introduction. A couple of the chapters felt lacking in the 'bring it home' with practical examples of everyday applications, but this is definitely a good place to start if you have never studied physics, are a bit wary of starting, and need a more creative approach to science than the average textbook is going to give you.
May 23, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
This book is a great, broad covering of physics from a 101 perspective with not a huge amount of math/calculations involved.
Aug 26, 2014 VBergen rated it liked it
The book contains a wide range of topics but it doesn't develop them in depth. It lacks better explanations.
Jul 16, 2011 Gideonmack rated it liked it
It taught me a fair amount about physics.
Jul 27, 2008 Paula added it
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This a really good step-by-step book of the basics (which for me is very, very ADVANCED!). The examples are concrete and demonstrate the concepts clearly. It's an enjoyable exercise. Who KNEW?
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