University Physics Volume 1
Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University
Samuel Ling, Truman State University
Pub Date: 2016
ISBN 13: 978-1-9381682-7-7
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The text follows a very common theme when it comes to how the content is covered: first start off with basic math, then go into kinematics, then read more
The text follows a very common theme when it comes to how the content is covered: first start off with basic math, then go into kinematics, then dynamics, followed by work and energy, then momentum. They add in rotational aspects of all mechanics scattered about a few chapters, which I personally wouldn't do. But, I do understand the ideas behind not thinking of rotational motion as it's own entity to study, but rather apart of other concepts in physics. All in all, though, courses often stop at momentum, but this text delves into various applications of theory starting from Static Equilibrium and Elasticity (Chapter 12).
It’s hard to be biased in a science textbook. I found no bias and the content seems accurate.
The section on Units and Standards talk about the redefining of the kilogram using fundamental constants. This indicates that the text is regularly updated.
I really appreciate their strict use of symbols to form accurate equations, whereas some textbooks might leave them out. For example, the line consistently place on top of the velocity symbol, v, indicates the average of that quantity and not simply the quantity at one point in time. This is important to fostering student understanding through consistency. They do make the assumption (which was explained in text) with t0 being zero very early on. I would feel it be helpful to linger the t0 symbol for a while before making such assumptions so the students knows that the t0 doesn’t simply disappear for no apparent reason. I think this book is clear to the reader in a hurry, but not too much in a hurry. Some sentences are a little hard to understand if the context isn’t clear.
One note on consistency is that this text uses a lot of content (especially in the early chapters) and images that were used in the OpenStax College Physics text. I actually really liked this as this can serve as an alleviation of students’ cognitive dissonance when taking University Physics after completing College Physics. Also, the image choice is quality, and so should be used multiple times in the same subject. I like how the two texts, in a way, talk to each other with respect to content. The gray Example box is especially well put-together. In each box, there is a question, strategy, solution, and significance section. This is consistent throughout the text, although very few times the significance part is left out.
The text has four types of non-lecture box-types within the reading: Learning Objectives, Examples, Check Your Understanding, and boxes that highlight an important equation or concept. The first three boxes give the reader the opportunity to preview the material in an organized fashion, learn from examples (if the generalized instructions don’t make clear sense), and reviewing what was learned. The last box highlights what’s important for problem-solving and is easily re-accessible for later use. This is a very helpful pedagogical tool. I would like to see more boxing of useful equations and concepts. For example, on the section of Significant Figures, they write out the rule in text form without any highlighting of the short description of the rule itself. I’m not sure if that was purposefully done for pedagogical means, but I would have listed the rules for finding significant figures in an easily viewable manner.
The flow is common in many textbooks. I generally want to group like-concepts together, but I understand that many textbooks are going in the direction of explaining concepts as they come along and use them right away. This is a new and potentially promising procedure for texts. I found it interesting to talk about common types of forces AFTER going over all of Newton’s Laws. I would have had trouble doing any example problems for Newton’s Second Law, for example, without first going over types of forces that students will encounter. They used DRAG and FRICTION in their examples, and then only talked about FRICTION briefly in the next few sections. I found that a little displeasing. On another note, I find that oscillation and waves are usually coupled with optics and electricity/magnetism. However, in the three-volume set here, oscillation and waves are in Volume I while Optics are in Volume III.
As far as interface goes, I found no flaws in the images, text, and equations.
I found no grammatical errors
I find nothing offensive in this text. The text makes human examples very impersonal (in a good way) and doesn’t really give names to them. Example, they refer to a person walking on a train in Example 7.7 as “person”.
I am thinking of using this text for future calculus-based class I teach. Though there are very few issues with the text that I, personally, would like changed, the overall quality is on par with texts that students have to purchase.
Excellent and detailed coverage of mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves at early years university study. read more
Excellent and detailed coverage of mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves at early years university study.
A well established text where errors and inaccuracy is not apparent on first read through.
Text covers the fundamental of physics which will not date and examples and questions are relevant and current.
The text is written with a use of language and clarity that makes it accessible to students.
Formatting, layout, etc. are consistent within chapters and throughout the book.
The chapters have a structure that would allow individual sections to be assigned and chapters could be delivered in alternative ordering.
The physics content in the text follows a logical and coherent order.
I have not found any problems with the book's interface [using pdf version].
I have not found grammatical errors in the text.
I have not found anything in the book that would be considered culturally insensitive or offensive.
This book is very comprehensive covering every aspect of a major physics first year at any University. It is well orgainised and follows a read more
This book is very comprehensive covering every aspect of a major physics first year at any University. It is well orgainised and follows a traditional logical order, ie. units & dimensions, mechanics, heat, E&M,Optics & Modern Physics etc., There are a great number of original questions and problems, with a range of difficulty, and an Instructors manual is available to registered instructors. There are also slides and a students solutions manual.
There are no discernible errors in the text and each topic is dealt with in the professional way you would expect of a physics text.
The books contents are standard basic (but comprehensive) physics. There is plenty of room for expansion within the text. but perhaps a pitful is its comprehensiveness and there fore size, for all three volumes 2500+ pages, altough that will last most courses getting on two full years. Includes discussion, some questions and problems on Higgs boson for example.
the volumes are somwhat dense in parts with small text but none the less very readable. there are plenty of two tone diagrams and full colour pictures to aid the reader.
the team of authors over the three volumes have provided a consistency of approach in nomenclature and units etc.
this could be improved upon a bit. It is quote cumbersome to edit the book and extract pieces that are not whole sections or whole chapters. an more eaisly editable form would be welcomed.
The book follows an very familiar traditional flow that will be familiar to all physics majors. It would be best, stating the obvious, to start at the begingin and following the book through in chapter order. This is more to do with the subject matter than the book.
There are no problems with the layout or interface of the material. All equations and diagrams are clear and pristine in theit native form. However they do not so easly lend them selves to editing.
Overall the texts are written in a clear style free from any gammatilcal errors
This would be the best resource I have ever found - IF - it was easier to edit and use in a bespoke way.
University Physics, Volume 1 by Ling, Sanny and Moebs covers the typical topics found in a first semester physics course. The example problems are read more
University Physics, Volume 1 by Ling, Sanny and Moebs covers the typical topics found in a first semester physics course. The example problems are well worked out. Students who are familiar with traditional textbooks should have no problem using this one. There are concepts of vector manipulation and use of spherical and cylindrical coordinates that are missing. Overall, if an online homework system is not needed, this is a decent textbook for beginning students.
There are no major errors, but some items are a misleading. E.g., Figure 3 in section 4.1 is disorienting by having North and East directions both point radially outward from the Earth. The explanation of torque and angular momentum is typically not robust and the examples are confusing. I would suggest rewriting this section or supplementing it.
The content of the book is about physics over a century old (300 years in most cases). The material is not going to change but I suspect that interactive online resources will supplant the text pasted online that is here.
The examples are clearly explained. In an online setting, interactive applets or at minimum some animations would help a lot. The 3D diagrams could be replaced with non-static images (either slow rotating gif or user controlled POV). I think that’s a missed opportunity. The “solutions” to some problems are simply answers, not a step by step solution that would be helpful to students. I also dislike the large number of derived equations presented in lists. This gives the impression that memorization of the equations is important, not applying the simple principles and doing the necessary algebra, trigonometry or calculus.
The text is consistent in its use of terms and variables. However, summations are done early in the text without indices (Newton’s Laws) but are fixed in the section equilibrium.
There is little ability to skip around as most of the material builds on previous chapters. This is inherent in introductory physics, anyway. It is possible to skip around a bit. E.g., you could cover parts of universal gravitation right after Newton’s Laws and return to potential energy and Kepler’s laws when covering those concepts. Same would be possible with covering momentum prior to work and energy.
The organization is similar to that in many other texts, nothing surprising. The introduction of momentum/Impulse should be done with Newton’s Laws and then collisions handled after the introduction of KE. This is a problem with most texts, anyway. The material generally flows smoothly. There are appropriate hyperlinks to other material in the text.
The interface is easy to use. I think it would be better to embed interactive examples rather than hyperlink to external material. But because it is easy to click and see some related material (within or external to the text), there is some advantage to the interface over a paper text.
None noticed except the summation indices (e.g. in the net force eqn.).
The topic is culturally neutral as is this text.
I would recommend the text if there is no requirement for an online homework system. I will also list it in future as an additional resource for the students. This would also be helpful to anyone needing to refresh some of the more basic concepts. If cost is a primary concern on textbook adoption, this makes a good choice.
This book strikes an effective balance between rigor and breadth. It introduces key concepts slowly enough to help many beginners become comfortable read more
This book strikes an effective balance between rigor and breadth. It introduces key concepts slowly enough to help many beginners become comfortable with Physics concepts without being overwhelmed. It also allows for a dependable reference for more advanced students, who can cover the material more quickly but will not be bored by the presentation. I worked some of the advanced challenge problems given throughout and they seemed to be sufficiently rigorous for an advanced student to challenge herself or himself.
The content seems thorough and accurate throughout. The one not-quite error I found was in the chapter on sound which presented resonance pipe antinodes occurring at open ends and nodes at closed ends. This is true but only for displacement, not pressure, which is at least misleading since all of sound covered up to that point dealt with pressure, and the diagrams didn't clearly state what was being measured.
This is the best free general physics textbook I have found so far, and it provides examples and application points which point to relevant technology and cultural phenomena, but usually in a general enough way that it does not require a separate update every 5 years. One exception is the photo of an early iPhone as an example of GPS - it already looks a bit dated given the pace of cell phone updates, and I expect it will seem moreso to students as time goes on, given the familiarity of this generation with the latest in smartphone technology.
I liked the text pretty well. A couple of times it seemed they were glossing over something or leaving something as a challenge problem without fully grounding it in theory, but this was the exception rather than the rule.
The book is pretty consistent, although the order of presentation of subject necessitates some fluctuation on that count. Later chapters on waves and sound go back and forth between being a bit over-didactic, introducing lots of concepts, and then being extremely mathematical, referencing concepts such as kinetic and potential energy of the wave, introducing lots of equations. I expected the book overall to be more consistently math-y throughout, but the use of text blocks to introduce other applications was not uncalled for, and I think many students would respond positively to it.
I am considering using part of this textbook for a graduate course on acoustics that I teach. It will need to be supplemented with other sound-centric materials since even this book's chapters on sound focus more on physical acoustics than perception of sound or musical sound. Still, there were some diagrams and sections that were better than some texts I have used in the past, and since it's free I don't have to worry about students paying $200 for a text they only read part of.
I would have restructured the order of some of the concepts, probably waiting on waves until after a more thorough introduction of Newtonian mechanics and E/M. But these are always contentious issues in physics education.
Once I increased the text size, the online version was fairly easy to read. Sometimes I did not care much for the format, layout, text-to-space ratios, etc, but those may be different in the pdf version. Some of the photo figures likewise do not seem to be neatly formatted.
I didn't notice any grammatical errors.
In the sense that physics is trying to study the universal, so too does this book. There are some unavoidable cultural references in the application points, but those seem considered and not focused on any one place or people group.
In general, this is a good book for intro physics classes. I will probably not make it my only textbook for my acoustics course, but I may use it so supplement some wave concepts here and there.
This textbook (university physics volume 2) covers two units of introductory physics, thermodynamics and E&M, although usually we do not combine read more
This textbook (university physics volume 2) covers two units of introductory physics, thermodynamics and E&M, although usually we do not combine these two units in a one-semester course in our institute. The electricity and magnetism part can serve as a standalone textbook for a one-semester calculus based university physics course. All the topics in a similar course I offered for many years can be found in this textbook. Volume 2 ends at the discussion of Maxwell's equations and the E&M waves. It is very easy to adapt the material in the textbook to a common university physics course to cover electricity and magnetism. There are many wonderful examples to show the students how to apply the concepts discussed in the text. And the sets of homework are particularly useful for the teachers and students. However, if your course is designed to manage homework online, for example, LON-CAPA, you probably need some time to write the codes in order to use the homework problems. In my course, I continue with diffraction of waves and ray optics. If the authors can change the outline of the contents to include optics in volume 2, that will be wonderful.
The concepts and examples in this textbook are accurate.
For a university physics course focus on electricity and magnetism, the content is similar to most of the textbooks in the market. The contents presented in this textbook are up-to-date and require a minimum amount of updates.
The concepts are clearly explained with sometimes good examples to go with them. The text is easy to read. For a student took calculus courses, there is no difficulty of understanding the mathematics used in the examples and the equations.
The connections and the framework of the topics presented in this textbook are standard, thus it is very consistent.
The layout of the textbook is very clear. All the modules can be readily adapted and divided into smaller reading sections and lecture notes.
It is a very clear structure of the topics. This structure is common and similar to other commercial available textbooks.
The equations in the textbook are highlighted and hyperlinked. So, it is very easy to navigate.
I found no grammatical errors so far.
The text is not culturally insensitive.
Some of the cartoon drawings are not high quality. For example, Figures 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 6.7, it is not easy to see the 3-d drawings of the pictures. If the pictures were drawn using a professional software, the textbook would be beautiful. Similar thing is the equation, particularly when a vector is involved.
This is the first in a 3-volume set. It covers all of classical mechanics along with waves and oscillations. It is appropriate for a calculus-based read more
This is the first in a 3-volume set. It covers all of classical mechanics along with waves and oscillations. It is appropriate for a calculus-based physics course in a 3-semester sequence. Combined with the other volumes, it can be adapted to use in a 2-semester sequence. The book does have an excellent index in the PDF version. Online, it has searchable content, but I could not find an index. The table of contents, however, should be sufficient for a student to use it as a reference book. The book does have a glossary for each chapter, giving the meaning of bolded words throughout. These definitions are concise and accurate.
The content is accurate. I’ve reviewed chapter 4, which is on 2-dimensional motion. The authors give a nice treatment of vectors, projectile, and circular motion. I like how they bring in more advanced topics, like Brownian motion, as they present these ideas. Instead of dealing with generic vectors, like many textbooks, the authors present only the displacement, velocity, and acceleration vectors. I prefer to present vectors mathematically first, without physical context, but I’ll try this next semester.
This is a solid, introductory, calculus-based physics text. I expect these basics of physics to last long beyond what anyone can envision. The pedagogy, too, is up-to-date. The students get lots of practice as they work through each section. However, I’d love to see Concept Coach and/or Tutor implemented for this book. Physics is difficult without deliberate and spaced practice. These tools can help the student to master physics.
Of course, the book does use appropriate language, which will be unfamiliar with most students. However, the vocabulary builds in each chapter, and the text has links back to previous material when it is referenced in the chapter. Of course, the PDF doesn’t have the same linkable text. Again, the glossary does offer good, simple definitions of bolded words.
This book is consistent. It uses terminology from chapter to chapter, but it always refers back to technical terms in previous chapters with handy links. The framework, too, builds in each chapter. Students learn skills—vector math, eg.—that they continue to use in the ensuing chapters. Of course, physics is a particularly good subject for such building. The reason I love physics is because it is consistent.
Like many physics texts, this book is divided into appropriate and small sections. Chapter 4, for example, is divided into 5 sections. A professor can assign a particular section per day as the students (or before) cover the material in class. Indeed, these sections do not disrupt the reading but, instead, provide convenient breaks that allow the reader to pause and reflect. At the end of each section, the authors have included conceptual questions and practice problems so the reader can ensure their own mastery of the material.
As I stated previously, I might not present these topics in this particular order. For example, I like to cover centripetal forces with rotation. However, these issues are very minor. The authors follow a putative order for presenting the topics; this order is used by many textbooks.
No issues here. The OpenStax folks have their game together. Figures are clear and well-labeled. The online interface, which I prefer over the PDF, is easy to use.
I didn’t notice any grammatical errors. It has, in my opinion, better writing than some other standard books (Halliday, Serway, Tipler, etc.).
Of the 6 cartoon figures, all were white, and 2 were women. However, the people presented in these figures are small and not a big part of the text. In fact, 4 of the characters were partially obscured by masks or sporting equipment. The book does not take extra measures to make minorities feel included. The text is not offensive in any way (unless someone hates physics!!).
Great book! I intend to use it next year. I'd love to see some online tools like Tutor or Concept Coach, even if for a fee. I'd likely use them in my course.
Generally yes. Covers the topics typically covered in the first term of a calculus based introductory (200-level) physics course. I did not see an read more
Generally yes. Covers the topics typically covered in the first term of a calculus based introductory (200-level) physics course. I did not see an obviously located index, however the digital format of the book is searchable. However, this feature does not completely replace an index because some students buy a printed book. There is a glossary at the end of each section, but not a global glossary.
The book is generally accurate. Inaccuracies are not related to content, but rather to typographic errors and such. More importantly, a site exists where errata can be submitted by users and those submissions can be seen by users. https://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/university-physics-volume-1/errata
The text is written and arranged in similar fashion to standard texts on the subject, which have not changed much over a decade or more. The main updates are links to Phet simulations and other resources, however if the locationsURL of these resources changes then those links will be broken until updated.
Overall, the language and format appears to be less technical/formal than some standard texts, such as Halliday. Most students these days supplement the text with other resources such as video lectures and simulations, and open courseware, which I encourage. However, this means convincing students to read the text in-depth is even more difficult than in the past. The less formal language may help with this, and students comprehend the material at a level such that student outcomes will be affected by the slight reduction in rigor. Certain sections dealing with common misconceptions, such as centrifugal force, were given specific treatment with careful language, which is important. The writing style often uses the word "this" in a paragraph of text with "this" referencing a concept described in a previous sentence or paragraph, which might possibly lead to confusion for students.
This appears to be the case.
Yes, it is extensively subdivided, even using headings, textbox background color, and text size/font to organize information. At times it appears to be overly differentiated, possibly to the point of distraction, but that may be a personal issue. Students might appreciate the level of differentiation.
The topics are presented in the same general order as standard textbooks on the subject. Some sections within chapters are ordered differently. This appeared to be purposeful, but at times possibly convoluted, such as calling chapter 10 Fixed axis rotation and then including rolling motion at the beginning of the Chapter titled Angular Momentum before any discussion of angular momentum is presented.
Generally the figures, links, graphic quality are sufficient with few exceptions. I found the quality to be generally higher than OpenStax College Physics, which had some issues with low quality graphics.
Generally appeared acceptable, I am not an expert on grammar. See comments in the Clarity categories.
I did not notice anything offensive, however there did not appear to be a significant representation of a variety of ethnicities represented in graphics and diagrams. Gender representation was somewhat more level. I did not read every chapter problem.
Planning to adopt starting fall 2017, I will be asking students for their opinions on the text.
Table of Contents
Unit 1. Mechanics
- Chapter 1: Units and Measurement
- Chapter 2: Vectors
- Chapter 3: Motion Along a Straight Line
- Chapter 4: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
- Chapter 5: Newton's Laws of Motion
- Chapter 6: Applications of Newton's Laws
- Chapter 7: Work and Kinetic Energy
- Chapter 8: Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy
- Chapter 9: Linear Momentum and Collisions
- Chapter 10: Fixed-Axis Rotation
- Chapter 11: Angular Momentum
- Chapter 12: Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
- Chapter 13: Gravitation
- Chapter 14: Fluid Mechanics
Unit 2. Waves and Acoustics
- Chapter 15: Oscillations
- Chapter 16: Waves
- Chapter 17: Sound
Appendix A: Units
Appendix B: Conversion Factors
Appendix C: Fundamental Constants
Appendix D: Astronomical Data
Appendix E: Mathematical Formulas
Appendix F: Chemistry
Appendix G: The Greek Alphabet
About the Book
University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. This textbook emphasizes connections between between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.
About the Contributors
Dr. Jeff Sanny earned a BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1974 and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of California–Los Angeles in 1980. He joined the faculty at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 1980. During his tenure, he has served as department Chair as well as Associate Dean. Dr. Sanny enjoys teaching introductory physics in particular. He is also passionate about providing students with research experience and has directed an active undergraduate student research group in space physics for many years.
Dr. Samuel Ling has taught introductory and advanced physics for over 25 years at Truman State University, where he is currently Professor of Physics and the Department Chair. Dr. Ling has two PhDs from Boston University, one in Chemistry and the other in Physics, and he was a Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, before joining Truman. Dr. Ling is also an author of A First Course in Vibrations and Waves, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ling has considerable experience with research in Physics Education and has published research on collaborative learning methods in physics teaching. He was awarded a Truman Fellow and a Jepson fellow in recognition of his innovative teaching methods. Dr. Ling’s research publications have spanned Cosmology, Solid State Physics, and Nonlinear Optics.