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This book is based on the first half of a year-long course that introduces you to all the major ideas in physics, starting from Galileo and Newton, right up to the big. of Physics. Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics r. shankar. New Haven and London. From Fundamentals of Physics. Copyright Yale University. Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics audio and scripts of the lectures and accompanying materials are at the OYC Fundamentals of Physics I page.
Go explore. Description Reviews Table of Contents. The writing style approximates the tone of a lecture a little too well; it can be wordy at times, and it sometimes isn't clear what the major take-home equations are in a given section. Alex Swash rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Jun 09, Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: He writes in the same conversational style as in his lectures. I didn't mind this because I'd rather read more words I do understand than less words I don't.
Let S be the sexiness; D the difficulty; E the effort; M the level of mastery achieved; and t the time. Mastery is the product of the level of effort and the time spent studying: As a result, the effort level remains fairly constant throughout.
Shankar is, as I said, an unpretentious fellow; he never uses a difficult word where an easy one will do; he is not trying to intimidate or show off, but is doing his best to communicate with the students. Consider the following example. Here, Shankar is pulling a spring to the right, to length A away from the center equilibrium point; he wants to know the leftmost point it will reach when released, which is called A'.
The force of friction is called f ; and the spring constant the strength of the spring is called k. Here it is with an added gloss from me: That is, the final point now lies at positive x: Still, I think this is a fairly minor complaint, as his explanations are generally clear and engaging. Nevertheless, this book could use some editing and organizing.
The writing style approximates the tone of a lecture a little too well; it can be wordy at times, and it sometimes isn't clear what the major take-home equations are in a given section.
As a parting thought, reading this book made me think about science education in general. The basic tension, as I see it, is between teaching students the body of knowledge, and instilling the students with the spirit of scientific discovery.
On the other hand, science is not itself a body of knowledge, but a procedure and a mentality, a way of investigating the world. As soon as a body of knowledge calcifies into a dogma, it is no longer science.
So for future physicists, it seems more important to encourage them to think creatively about problems, to design and interpret experiments, to come up with new theories. Still, something about the existence of mass-produced textbooks, filled with the same standard equations, taught to equivalent classes all around the country, makes me feel uneasy.
After all, the bored student, who figures out how to take apart and modify his pencil sharpener, is doing something much closer to real science than the student sitting next to him, dutifully taking notes, right? View all 8 comments. Oct 28, Philip rated it it was amazing. Succinct, focused on essentials There are a lot of books stuffed with eye candy, boxed topics allegedly demonstrating relevance to things supposedly interesting to students, and so on--everything except the main things.
This book focuses rigorously on being economical, vivid, and accurate. You'd think that last item would go without saying, but many other introductory textbooks are filled with slightly-off nuances that make me, as a physicist, cringe.
Everything in this book makes me say, "I must Succinct, focused on essentials There are a lot of books stuffed with eye candy, boxed topics allegedly demonstrating relevance to things supposedly interesting to students, and so on--everything except the main things.
Everything in this book makes me say, "I must say it that way myself from now on. When the bizarre postulates arrive in Jan 09, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great survey of a first semster calculus-based physics course with some extra topics like relativity.
I love the humor and it's easy to follow. It helped to solidify my previously taken physics. It could be easily followed by someone who hasn't taken a university-level physics course before as it is the target audience as well. I'd recommend it to anyone interested, assuming you have some calculus background- of course there is always Khan Academy ;.
There are online lectures you can check Great survey of a first semster calculus-based physics course with some extra topics like relativity. There are online lectures you can check out too, if you prefer that. Jun 16, Chris Duval rated it really liked it Shelves: Very good overall The content's pacing is generally even and appropriate, though in spots like the penultimate section in the last chapter it seems more condensed.
On production, it would be more helpful if supporting diagrams and parts of the series of equations were replicated when they cross a page leaf cf. Also when an equation is repeated later on it Very good overall Also when an equation is repeated later on it would be nicer if, rather than giving it a new number, it used the number from the equation's first instance, which is likely to be the one where it is developed.
And it would be nicer if there were many marginal references to the equations going into the argument using the identifying numbers of their original instances , though of course the informality of some of the argument sets some pragmatic limits to this suggestion. Like all technical books there are printing errors in the symbols equations and so forth.
The author has an easily searched for PDF list of errata, at least for two of the editions. Jun 09, Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Really enjoyed this book on the whole. Well worth the money.
Main dislikes. I found the end of some chapters just gave a cursory section about something impressive sounding but it was annoying to read because, as the author even says, there isn't the space there to deal with it. This meant that, unlike the vast majority of the book, some parts weren't well explained.
I think it was the latter parts of relativity and middle parts of the whole thermodynamics section that just didn't feel amazing li Really enjoyed this book on the whole. I think it was the latter parts of relativity and middle parts of the whole thermodynamics section that just didn't feel amazing like the rest of the book.
Main likes. Well organised. Very well explained in most of the book with the author sometimes giving a few explanations when he felt something was difficult or re-explaining something later if it returned. I didn't mind this because I'd rather read more words I do understand than less words I don't. Why not share! An annual anal Embed Size px.
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Instructor resources--including problem sets and sample examinations--and more information about Professor Shankar's course are available at http: A Fitness Program for Science Students. A pedagogical masterpiece. This is physics as it should be taught, clearly and entertainingly presented. The presentation is akin to a relaxed discussion with a masterful tutor.
With thoughtful explanations and numerous examples, Shankar expertly guides the reader through the subject matter, conveying a strong intuitive understanding reinforced by mathematical analysis. Subtleties and counterintuitive topics such as rotational dynamics, relativity paradoxes, and entropy are patiently and deliberately explained so as to minimize confusion.
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