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    University Physics Volume 1

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    Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University

    Samuel Ling, Truman State University

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    ISBN 13: 9781938168277

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    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Sharma Dipti, Contract/Adjunct Professor of Physics, Bunker Hill Community College on 11/24/22

    It is an excellent free and open textbook for Physics for Engineering based courses and courses where we teach calculus-based Physics. It covers all topics that is taught in the 1st semester of calculus-based Physics courses. It shows algebra and... read more

    Reviewed by Serif Uran, Professor, Pittsburg State University on 5/4/22

    The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject in deepth with examples. It also lists strategy, solution, check your understanding and significance sections. It does not do a good job in significance section in my opinion. There are much... read more

    Reviewed by Srbuhi Yolchinyan, Lecturer, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/6/21

    The textbook covers all essential topics in standard University Physics course, in two big units: Mechanics and Waves and Acoustics. It is possible to cover all these sections during one semester course, because the chapters are not excessively... read more

    Reviewed by Lane Seeley, Professor, Seattle Pacific University on 4/30/21, updated 5/4/21

    This textbook covers all of the topics which would typically be covered in a typical, year-long, introductory physics course. In fact, the book includes significantly more topics than a reasonably paced course should cover. read more

    Reviewed by Catherine Whiting, Visiting Assistant Professor, Bates College on 2/26/20

    This text covers all topics typically found in an introductory level calculus based physics text. read more

    Reviewed by Andrew Park, Physics Instructor, College of Alameda, Peralta Community College District on 12/31/19

    The textbook covers all topics covered in first-semester engineering physics in sufficient detail. read more

    Reviewed by Wayne Fischer, Student Success Coordinator/Adjunct Instructor, Treasure Valley Community College on 11/13/19

    The book is comprehensive covering the traditional aspects of a classical physics first year at any College or University. It is well organized and follows a traditional logical order, ie. units & dimensions, mechanics, heat, E&M, Optics... read more

    Reviewed by Andy Hollerman, Professor, ULL on 11/1/19

    Some of the drawings are too basic. I don't want the authors to go overboard here and try and duplicate other for cost books. They need to improve the drawings some while keeping them simple. read more

    Reviewed by Jogindra Wadehra, Professor, Wayne State University on 12/4/18

    Almost all the universities offer a two- or three-semester long calculus- based course in physics. Typically, this course is taken by undergraduate majors in science and engineering. The book by Samuel J. Ling, Jeff Sanny and William Moebs... read more

    Reviewed by Klebert Feitosa, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 11/25/18

    A typical course in introductory physics must cover a pretty standard set of topics. This text does a very good job at visiting all of them, following a standard presentation sequence that begins with a chapter on units and measurements and ends... read more

    Reviewed by Darrell Lim, Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/19/18

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Don McGlinchey, Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/1/18

    Excellent and detailed coverage of mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves at early years university study. read more

    Reviewed by Paul McKenna, Senior Lecturer/Learning & Teaching Lead, Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/1/18

    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... read more

    Reviewed by John Shaw, Lab Manager/supplemental faculty, University of Delaware on 2/1/18

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Braxton Boren, Assistant Professor, American University on 2/1/18

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Dexian Ye, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 4/11/17

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Chadwick Young, Professor of Physics, Nicholls State University on 2/8/17

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Lawrence Davis, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 12/5/16

    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... read more

    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

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    • 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.

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