In my non-US university, we use one of the big general physics books for the first Mechanics and EM courses, and then use Griffiths for the second undergraduate EM course (after we've learned PDEs). Also the series covers most areas of physics with enough detail so as "one book" it'd be the most helpful for the most people. I found the 12th edition for quite cheap, but seems to have half of the pages of the book you link. Papers from physics journals (free or otherwise) are encouraged. I'd really appreciate it. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the textbook_piracy community. Posts should be pertinent, meme-free, and generate a discussion about physics. It is a big book with incredibly thin pages and a wordy (ideas -> maths rather than maths -> ideas) style that turned off some of the more mathematically inclined people on my course. The basis of the first year of my degree was Young and Freedman's "University Physics". There's really no need to review; you'll (re)learn everything in your first year course. ISBN-10 : 9781605353890 ISBN-13 : 978-1605353890 Here is how i gained my understanding for physics. This subreddit collects resources and links to pirated textbooks that are made available free of charge. Is there any consensus in best edition, would the 12th edition be good enough? The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. It is a big book with incredibly thin pages and a wordy (ideas -> maths rather than maths -> ideas) style that turned off some of the more mathematically inclined people on my course. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. There are plenty of problems and examples dotted through the book. Gives a great intuitive or easily understandable rationale for looking at generally complex ideas. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Came here to say this. The basis of the first year of my degree was Young and Freedman's "University Physics". Can anyone recommend the most understandable and/or physics text they've encountered? I tried using it at times, particularly for first year quantum, electromagnetism and relativity. Can you please PM me as well if you still have the solution manual. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_FOFMzF0_0gbjNxakkzUkV4dzg/edit. Thank you! Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Crazy Russians make hard (rigorous) books, but you will learn physics. But if you feel the need (or just the enjoyment): Halliday and Resnicks physics textbook will serve you well. Press J to jump to the feed. I found it didn't explain abstract concepts particularly well, and the entire book is severely bogged down with "basic" concepts. The aim of /r/Physics is to build a subreddit frequented by physicists, scientists, and those with a passion for physics. I found them very disordered and unintuitive. I have only listed the topics in which i found that the present chosen literature was nice: Newtonian Dynamics: Young and Freedman --> Classical mechanics by John Taylor, Statistical Physics: Young and Freedman --> Daniel Schroeder: Thermal Physcs, Electrodynamics: Young and Freedman --> Griffiths intro to electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics = Griffiths: intro to quantum mechanics --> Sakurai: Modern Quantum Mechanics --> Stecks notes on quantum mechanics (Free), Solid State: Philip Hofmann: Intro to solid state --> Giuseppe: Solid State Physics, Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt. Please report trolls and intentionally misleading comments. This text was made for freshman/sophomore undergrads at Caltech, so it may be a little rigorous. University Physics was a required textbook for my course. Great explanations and not math centered. I am curious since no textbooks at a lower level than that have been mentioned in the thread. If math centric is what you are looking for then I suggest Susskind's books or HC Verma's otherwise Resnick and Halliday. Hey guys, i'm looking for the pdf of this book since i'm just a poor undergrad student that cannot afford it and i can't seem to find anywhere. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Definitely not the Feynman Lectures. Physics is kind of a big topic, and once you pick a specific topic you still have to figure out if you want the real mathematical treatment or conceptual. Bransden and Joachain did a much better job imo. I agree that Y&F seem to be an almost mandatory entry to physics, as it covers so much stuff - despite that it uses a lot of words to describe very simple concepts. Like, it's huge. I personally love Griffiths E&M, but wouldn't recommend it to someone looking for an intro. In terms of making a hard subject seems easy, I think Hartle's Gravity is the best book I've used so far. I tend to prefer that but if you do then great! IBN: 9780135216958 would really appreciate any help. It depends on whether you want a math centric one or not. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Also Feynmans lectures have been talked about a lot in these comments, however, I find that he uses a lot of analogies and it's very conversational. I definitely don't recommend Griffith's to learn QM from. That book is just full of backwards algebraic arguments and hand waving/imprecise formulations of problems. I reckon either of Griffiths' books, Introduction to Electrodynamics or Introduction to Quantum Mechanics were the best textbooks I ever read. The gap between my high school physics class and my first physics class in college was 4 years. I personally feel it's better as an audio than a textbook. I think that it is clearly written, broad in scope and does a good job of building up knowledge. 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