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Randall D. Knight et.al College Physics Book

Randy Knight, Brian Jones, and Stuart Field apply effective results acquired from many decades of educational research, refine them, and tailor them to meet the needs of students.

Comes with 2 workbooks. 200+ QR codes for viewing videos on smartphones. Pearson’s MasteringPhysics tool. Features classroom intelligence structure. Streamlined chapter reviews.

It is quite pricey.

Third

Algebra-based introductory

College students

Knight, Jones & Field

1088 pages

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R. Shankar Fundamental of Physics

R. Shankar, an award-winning Professor of Physics at Yale University, is well-known for his enthusiastic approach to explaining difficult things in a lucid and simple manner.

Comprehensible. Suitable for college students and leisure readers. Explains the basics of mechanics, thermodynamics, and relativity. Step-wise organization of ideas.

Knowledge of calculus is necessary to understand the proofs in this book.

First

Introduction to Physics

University students

R. Shankar

464 pages

Douglas C. Giancoli Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Douglas C. Giancoli is a well-versed physicist who has taught a number of courses to undergraduates. His aim is to make physics more comprehensible for students.

Engaging. Practical. Doesn’t oversimplify core principles of physics. Accurate and precise information. Has pedagogical features that encourage better understanding.

Some people think it will be better used as a supplementary book because it doesn’t have much detail.

Fourth

Calculus-based general Physics

College students

Douglas C. Giancoli

448 pages

Karl F. Kuhn Basic Physics: A Self-teaching Guide

Karl F. Kuhn is a renowned professor of physics at Eastern Kentucky University. He is well-known to make the most complicated subjects simple and easy to understand.

Comprehensible. Suitable for non-majors. Provides option of mathematical and non-mathematical approach. Revised to ensure it can be self-taught. Chapter objectives for insights.

Not as basic as some people would hope.

Second

Guide; questions and answers

General

Karl F. Kuhn

320 pages

Stephen Hawking George’s Secret Key to Universe

Stephen Hawking is a Professor of Mathematics and one of the brilliant minds of theoretical physics. Among his books, he coauthored an educative bestseller with his daughter Lucy.

Humorous. Educative and informative. Suitable for kids who don’t like science. Contains scientific drawings, pictures, and illustrations.

Even though mature readers may find it fascinating as well, some may find it a bit cheesy and oversimplified.

Second

Pictures; illustrations; story

Children

Lucy & Stephen Hawking

336 pages