Accelerate student learning with the perfect blend of content and problem-solving strategies! Physics: Principles and Problems offers integrated ...Show synopsisAccelerate student learning with the perfect blend of content and problem-solving strategies! Physics: Principles and Problems offers integrated support, abundant opportunities for problem solving, and a variety of realistic applications. The program has a balance of good conceptual presentation with a strong problem-solving strand. The program resources are organized in a way that saves you preparation time and allows you to meet the needs of students in your diverse classroom. New for 2009 features include more problems - Supplemental Problems, Challenge Problems, Pre-AP/Critical Thinking Problems and practice for end-of-course exams -, better math support with unique Example Problems that offer coaching notes to aid comprehension, and Teacher-tested lab options!Hide synopsis
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I'm a first year Physics teachers and I realize I still have a lot to learn. That's a good mark of a teacher, or so I'm told. However my students are struggling with this Physics book. I've been working through the formulas with them, but each formula gives a very limited view of problems to solve, and most of my students have expressed they can't learn the formula if they only have a total of five or so problems to solve before learning a new one. They also complain about the lack of conversion charts clarity and flow of the text. I'm hoping next year we can have a better text for students who are just learning the basics of physics.
This book is very colorful and full of wonderful photos. Yet photos and color alone will not help you learn physics. The example problems they give are not explained step-by-step in a way that makes the application clearer. Worse yet the problems may be wrong some of the time. There are a few chapters that could be combined instead of splitting them up. Also, Newton's Laws are totally isolated from each other instead of being grouped together. The only way (at least that I know) to suceed in phyiscs is to work the problems. The book has a wonderful assortment of problems- yet no solutions or even answers are found in the back. Since most physics teachers won't give credit without work I don't see why putting the answers in the back could hurt. Overall the book is weak. I would read this book and do the homework assigned from the book, but my preparation for a test would come from a review book and a practice book with hundreds of solved problems (Schaum's or REA). That seems to work best for me. Oh and the last part in any physics course that determines how good you do is the teacher. For me I am not so lucky. But to you I wish the best of luck. You may have the same problems with this book that my whole class and apparantly other schools have had, or you will do well.
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