What was your Intro To Physics Textbook?

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drwayne

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<p>I am a little strange, I ended up shunted into non-calculus Physics for 2 semesters, then into calculus version for 2 more, so I had two</p><p>(1) Gamow and Cleveland for non-calculus</p><p>(2) Resnick and Halliday for calculus based</p><p>&nbsp;(still have both of them, some 30-odd years later)</p><p>Wayne</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p>I don't remember, but I keep a text I found in a used bookstore around for handy reference.&nbsp; Fallible memory, and all that.</p><p>The Calculus, with Analytical Geometry, by Leithold (1972).&nbsp; Well written and easily referential.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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drwayne

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I don't remember, but I keep a text I found in a used bookstore around for handy reference.&nbsp; Fallible memory, and all that.The Calculus, with Analytical Geometry, by Leithold (1972).&nbsp; Well written and easily referential. <br />Posted by yevaud</DIV></p><p>I think that might have been my Calculus book - its at work though, I'll look tommorrow.</p><p>I was thinking of starting another thread on the most useful Physics textbooks you had, and presumably have.</p><p>Wayne<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I was thinking of starting another thread on the most useful Physics textbooks you had, and presumably have.Wayne </p><p><em> Posted by drwayne</em></DIV><br /><br />I have a small library of various disciplines that I find useful.&nbsp; The Leithold book, several of my College Remote Sensing / GIS texts, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Astronomy - the most useful being the text <em>Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics</em>, Zelik, Gregory, Smith (1992, 3rd Ed.) from school..&nbsp; Also a smattering of lesser references.</p><p>Gotta have a well-rounded library, yes?&nbsp;</p><p>[Mixed in with them are Science Fiction, History, and Military History]&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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drwayne

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I have a small library of various disciplines that I find useful.&nbsp; The Leithold book, several of my College Remote Sensing / GIS texts, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Astronomy - the most useful being the text Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics, Zelik, Gregory, Smith (1992, 3rd Ed.) from school..&nbsp; Also a smattering of lesser references.Gotta have a well-rounded library, yes?&nbsp;[Mixed in with them are Science Fiction, History, and Military History]&nbsp; <br />Posted by yevaud</DIV></p><p>Interesting.&nbsp; I took my Intro to Astronomy with the same textbook, only second edition.&nbsp; Dr. Henry Albers - what a teacher...</p><p>I would say about a&nbsp;equal numbers&nbsp;of my books are at my office on base and here at home, with a smaller number at my off-base office. (That I am seldom at).&nbsp; Lots of Physics, Chemistry, Biochem,Math,Aerodynamics&nbsp;and computer programming books, with history, scifi&nbsp;and other personal interest books.&nbsp;</p><p>Wayne</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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Saiph

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<p>The Zelik astronomy text is about the only introductory astronomy text that isn't for freshmen survey courses (and there are ~4 books for that).</p><p>&nbsp;I know, because I asked my professor if there was a better book out there...sadly, he said there wasn't, unless I cared to write one.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As for my physics text, Haliday and Resnick were the main texts...after that my memory gets fuzzy (though I still have ALL of my physics and math texts).&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p align="center"><font color="#c0c0c0"><br /></font></p><p align="center"><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">--------</font></em></font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">--------</font></em></font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">----</font></em></font><font color="#666699">SaiphMOD@gmail.com </font><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">-------------------</font></em></font></p><p><font color="#999999"><em><font size="1">"This is my Timey Wimey Detector.  Goes "bing" when there's stuff.  It also fries eggs at 30 paces, wether you want it to or not actually.  I've learned to stay away from hens: It's not pretty when they blow" -- </font></em></font><font size="1" color="#999999">The Tenth Doctor, "Blink"</font></p> </div>
 
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drwayne

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>The Zelik astronomy text is about the only introductory astronomy text that isn't for freshmen survey courses (and there are ~4 books for that).&nbsp;I know, because I asked my professor if there was a better book out there...sadly, he said there wasn't, unless I cared to write one.&nbsp;As for my physics text, Haliday and Resnick were the main texts...after that my memory gets fuzzy (though I still have ALL of my physics and math texts).&nbsp; <br />Posted by Saiph</DIV></p><p>I never sold a book - I still have Sociology, Psychology and Economics books - though some of those&nbsp;are at my late parents house.&nbsp;</p><p>Wayne<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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<p><em>Physics</em> by Paul Tipler.</p><p>I used it for 3 semesters; noncalculus for the first and calculus based for the last 2.&nbsp; I still drag it out and use it all the time.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p>Ah, Tipler: now <em>there's</em> a name (makes you wonder...are there people still alive, who remember using a College text written by P.A.M. Dirac?)!</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Ah, Tipler: now there's a name (makes you wonder...are there people still alive, who remember using a College text written by P.A.M. Dirac?)! <br />Posted by yevaud</DIV><br /><br />HEY!&nbsp; Are you calling me an old fart, buddy?<img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-wink.gif" border="0" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>HEY!&nbsp; Are you calling me an old fart, buddy?&nbsp; </p><p><em> Posted by origin</em></DIV></p><p>Dude, if you remember a text by Dirac, you <em>are</em> an old fart, and probably still alive only via the direct intervention of a Jamaican Zombie Master... </p><p><br /> <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/7/00ad3579-a958-40c0-9708-ebdb806d6bb0.Medium.gif" alt="" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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drwayne

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Dude, if you remember a text by Dirac, you are an old fart, and probably still alive only via the direct intervention of a Jamaican Zombie Master... <br />Posted by yevaud</DIV></p><p>Well, ummm, uhhhhh, I actually got to meet Dirac once, back in the late 70's.&nbsp; Is this a bad sign????&nbsp;&nbsp; ;)</p><p>He was 90 something, and 90 something trillion times sharper than me.</p><p>Wayne</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Well, ummm, uhhhhh, I actually got to meet Dirac once, back in the late 70's.&nbsp; Is this a bad sign????&nbsp;&nbsp; ;)He was 90 something, and 90 something trillion times sharper than me.Wayne </p><p><br /><em> Posted by drwayne</em></DIV></p><p>Nah.&nbsp; I used to chat occasionally with Phillip Morrison and his wife Phyllis (he was semi-retired, professor Emeriti); just like you describe Dirac, frighteningly intelligent.&nbsp; </p><p>That's one thing.&nbsp; But being a college student when they were in their heyday, well...that's <em>old</em>, man.&nbsp; </p><p><br /> <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/10/7/2a82cd85-cbfa-4fbc-a716-623941bb830c.Medium.gif" alt="" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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DrRocket

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Well, ummm, uhhhhh, I actually got to meet Dirac once, back in the late 70's.&nbsp; Is this a bad sign????&nbsp;&nbsp; ;)He was 90 something, and 90 something trillion times sharper than me.Wayne <br />Posted by drwayne</DIV></p><p>Dirac's brother-in-law was Eugene Wigner.&nbsp; Can you imagine Thanksgiving dinner with that family ?<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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drwayne

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Dirac's brother-in-law was Eugene Wigner.&nbsp; Can you imagine Thanksgiving dinner with that family ? <br />Posted by DrRocket</DIV></p><p>Imagine it?&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; Understand a darn word?&nbsp; Not a chance in heck.</p><p>;)</p><p>Wayne<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>"1) Give no quarter; 2) Take no prisoners; 3) Sink everything."  Admiral Jackie Fisher</p> </div>
 
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yevaud

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<p>Teller of the Comedic Team of Penn and Teller is Edward Teller's son.</p><p>What were <em>his</em> family get-togethers like, I wonder? </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Teller of the Comedic Team of Penn and Teller is Edward Teller's son.</p><p> Posted by yevaud</DIV></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I've seen that posted before, but I could never find anything to support it.&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div> </div><br /><div><span style="color:#0000ff" class="Apple-style-span">"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson</span></div> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Teller of the Comedic Team of Penn and Teller is Edward Teller's son.What were his family get-togethers like, I wonder? <br />Posted by yevaud</DIV></p><p>If that is true I'll bet they were something.</p><p>I know a gentleman who has been on some boards with Teller.&nbsp; He told me that Teller would go off on tangents like "You know if the moon were really made of green cheese, then we could ....".&nbsp; But he said that one could handle the situation by simply saying "Edward. Shut up."&nbsp; Then things were fine.<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;I've seen that posted before, but I could never find anything to support it.&nbsp; <br />Posted by derekmcd</DIV></p><p>I don't think you find any supporting evidence.&nbsp; I believe that he had two children, Wendy and Paul.&nbsp; This link to the Lawrence Livermore paper shows a picture of them at gathering to honor their father.</p><p>https://publicaffairs.llnl.gov/employee/articles/2003/11-07-03-newsline2.pdf<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p>My intro was highschool textbook I never did get much out of that because there was lack of organization</p><p>and constant disruption in class, but&nbsp; did join later the science book club to get science books on astronomy and</p><p>physics . It was need to know&nbsp; thing .&nbsp; My education&nbsp; was lacking what&nbsp; I needed to learn&nbsp; or wanted to learn .</p><p>If I couldn't get out of education I wanted I would go after&nbsp; the knowledge&nbsp; I wanted .</p><p>I have books by Richard Bowers & Terry Deeming , and other physics books&nbsp; and astronomy too .<img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-cool.gif" border="0" alt="Cool" title="Cool" /><img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="3" color="#339966">E To The Square</font> </div>
 
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Ummm am I the only one <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-undecided.gif" border="0" alt="Undecided" title="Undecided" />...<br /> <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/11/5/ab43497c-7224-42c7-85be-49cba87ea3f7.Medium.jpg" alt="" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <div>________________________________________ <br /></div><div><ul><li><font color="#008000"><em>your move...</em></font></li></ul></div> </div>
 
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I'm currently taking physics at a community college (for my 11th grade homeschooling) and I have <em>College Physics </em>Eighth Edition by Serway/Vuille. It seems well organized; much more so than my other textbooks. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>--____________________________________________--</p><p><font size="1"> Don't be too hard on me...I'm only in PHY 1010 ;)</font></p><p> </p><p><font color="#339966">         The following goes without saying:</font> </p> </div>
 
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UFmbutler

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I think my first physics book was Halliday/Resnick/Walker...as for astronomy, I really cannot remember.&nbsp; It's making me feel dumb that you guys are remembering decades in the past and I can't remember a book I used 4 years ago <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif" border="0" alt="Tongue out" title="Tongue out" />&nbsp; Right now the most useful book I own is Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium by Lyman Spitzer.<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I think my first physics book was Halliday/Resnick/Walker...as for astronomy, I really cannot remember.&nbsp; It's making me feel dumb that you guys are remembering decades in the past and I can't remember a book I used 4 years ago &nbsp; Right now the most useful book I own is Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium by Lyman Spitzer. <br />Posted by UFmbutler</DIV></p><p>Is Spitzer's book more useful to you than Alfven's <em>Cosmic Plasma</em> ?&nbsp; <img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-wink.gif" border="0" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /><br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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