Note: OpenStax College electronic edition. Link: multiple formats at Stable link here: ? key. College Physics has 15 ratings and 1 review. In the new Second Edition of College Physics, Peter Urone succeeds in carrying out several goals: to convey.. . College Physics. (34 reviews). Multiple Authors, Openstax College. Pub Date: ISBN Publisher: OpenStax. Language: English.
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It is perhaps even more comprehensive than either Giancoli or Knight.
Examples are set off nicely. However, writing styles, presentations such as utone, drawings, or picturesand topics could be obsolete, fortunately they can easily be updated when needed. Some linking feature should be left out of the PDF.
The text refers to printed catalogs to utilize for accuracy Like most physics texts, this one draws on western examples, but in addition, it has more diversity than many textbooks. See 1 question about College Physics…. An example of an exception is The organization and structure are good. The sequence of material is mechanics, electromagnetics, optics, and modern physics. Using this book as a course textbook will most likely motivate many pre-med and biology students to be more interested in understanding the basic concepts of physics.
Inconsistent sizing of things like brackets, superscripts look out of phtsics, bars over symbols are too far just general formatting issues.
The mystery of dark matter is mentioned, but not dark energy. If updates are needed, I believe they can be easily inserted. The topics in the text are presented in a clear, predictable fashion throughout each chapter. The formulas can be confusing at times, it seems like they should have used a better editor for the mathematical components. It also includes a chapter on the frontiers of physics, which is a nice addition.
There could also be some separation of definitions and formulas from the text. The only reason it’s done is to give a wider repertoire of constant acceleration problems. However, rather than merging our comments into one submission, we are each making our own submission. This makes choosing homework problems or problems to do in class much more convenient for the instructor.
College Physics by Paul Peter Urone
The content should maintain it’s relevance for years to come I personally like printed copies of physics texts because I can focus on the text and not get distracted by the side navigation bar. The OpenStax textbook coverage of content for a one-year algebra-based physics course exceeds standard textbooks that I have recently used.
The main content of the book is introductory physics which has been well established by the early 20th century. On the other hand, its content does not.
Unfortunately most “College Physics” books are written for an audience collete often is not attracted to taxing their brain over the intricacies of the subject.
I have seen it demonstrated and for this particular book, unlike other books Sapling works with, the e-text has been integrated into the Sapling product.
Nevertheless, there is one that has escaped their attention which appears at a rather prominent place in the text. Mainly I irone the questions at the bottom of every section were useful for student comprehension.
The book is certainly comprehensive enough for our needs. A full description of this law is far too advanced for a class at this level, and even if included many instructors might skip over it anyway.
I really like the inclusion of history pbysics historical figures in this text.
I have seen this occur in other etexts with PhET stuff. Here are the rest of my prepared omments: Since the problems in the web version are not numbered, it will be easier to work from the pdf version to provide references for the students as we complete sample problems. This should probably be discussed in the text before one could expect a student collgee do the problem.
In fact, some material is repeated in several locations in the text as needed. At the back of the book there is a glossary, but no index except for the electronic index.