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Physics textbook recommendations?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by curiouslystrong, May 7, 2007.

  1. curiouslystrong

    curiouslystrong 2+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    East Lansing, MI
    I'm taking introductory physics of the non-calculus-based variety I this summer. There's a textbook that goes along with the course (Serway and Faughn's College Physics), but it got absolutely terrible ratings on amazon. Besides, on the course website, this is said concerning the textbook: "In fact, almost any text book covering the same material (non-calculus physics) should work well," so it looks like the text listed is recommended but not required, and I'm free to choose any physics textbook I want. Since the Serway book is supposedly awful (can anyone confirm or deny this?), I'm thinking I might want to go with a different choice of textbook. I'm not sure what book to choose in lieu of Serway's, so if anybody could recommend a good textbook for studying non-calculus based physics, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

    (Also, I did do a search for this, but nearly everything I found dealt with calc-based physics textbooks.)
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  3. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    over the rainbow
    physics by cutnell
  4. punkindrublic

    punkindrublic calls shenanigans 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    We used Giancoli. Has 4.5 stars on Amazon, and I thought it was well done, lots of in-text problems, good end-of-chapter problems, but more than anything, clear explanations of the principles and relationships you need to understand to be more than a plug-and-chug student.
  5. med2007

    med2007 5+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Miami, FL

    :thumbup: I agree, I used cutnell too. It's much easier to understand.
  6. powerful_squib

    powerful_squib Snoop dogg resident 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    New Jersey
    cutnell is the way too go... it explains everything so well... and I hated physics in High School but I did pretty well this semester when I took it. It also helps having a very good professor.

    Good luck

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