The print copy is very heavy! The online homework system WebAssign is available for this OpenStax text. The logical flow is clear. I have talked with students about this and they claim that the issues do not affect the ability of the images and diagrams to convey the intended content and the students would definitely accept some pixelation in exchange for the hundreds of dollars in savings over a standard textbook. Not true. The human body application problems are very good, particularly the torque problems in Chapter 9 Because I have many biology majors in my physics course that are headed into medical or physical therapy careers, I always use books that include reasonable coverage of atomic and nuclear physics to support their understanding of imaging processes. Most of the content in a physics text is over 200 years old so being up to date isn’t an issue. I have not found any grammatical errors. There is an Appendix A: Atomic Masses, Appendix B: Selected Radioactive Isotopes, Appendix C: Useful Information with constant values, Appendix D: Glossary of Key Symbols and Notation and an Index. Oddly it has a larger font for the index than the rest of the text so it has more than three times fewer topics in the index than either Giancoli or Knight. But then, I look at my comments in Section 10 and I see we have a ways to go in physics to be more inclusive. There is not unnecessary jargon. It’s not likely to change much in the near future, and the places where it has a higher likelihood of changing are mostly limited to a small number of chapters. Likewise an object in motion remains in motion unless acted on by an outside force. is much easier to find the final velocity from the distance travelled and the acceleration, and then find the time elapsed. We believe they are in general accurate and correct, although we didn’t go through each one. For instance, the parabolas in Figs. I think that the explanations of the basics are lacking, especially in the later chapters, and the students may need to use additional references. In my opinion the language chosen for the book is on point for a young college audience. It is correct
Transitioning from chapter to chapter caused a delay of a few seconds, but it was not annoying. within the book so far. This text also has great appendices, especially for radioactivity. With 34 Chapters, the text covers an incredible span of Physics from Kinematics to Quantum Physics. Pages could be navigated rapidly within a chapter. (The section even starts with an image on the topic so students will think it's an important concept that must be memorized.) On page 640 the statement “the force that surrounds an object” is not correct. Chapters 18 - 24 could use a little tuning up as the chapters seem disconnected in reading. In the section on acceleration (Chapter 2.4), there is a Misconception Alert on deceleration vs. negative acceleration. However, rather than merging our comments into one submission, we are each making our own submission. The book strived to be very clear in how problems are solved, providing detailed descriptions of each step (particularly early The pdf file of the textbook can be accessed without a problem. A general practice in physics education at the first year level is to split courses (and corresponding textbooks) into two streams: algebra-based and calculus-based. THis may cause confusion. The order of the content aligns with that of the most commonly used standard texts for this course. It simply follows the traditional order of topics used by every other textbook and does not try to tell any compelling story. Some of the hardest concepts will need additional material and extra class time but this is not a fatal problem. I think College Physics does a great service to teachers and students with modularity. The chapter summaries are good and the definitions of key terms at the end of the text are useful for students to make flashcards. Oscillations and simple harmonic motion should, in my opinion, also be moved a bit earlier in the book. Also, there was no indication of problem difficulty level on the problems at the end of the chapter. The text is very small, sans serif and each line is much longer than what is needed for comfortable reading. Press J to jump to the feed. The book is certainly comprehensive enough for our needs. I'm giving this category a '3' only because we all have our subconscious biases and I don't think anyone can clearly see all insensitive or offensive language. There is gender diversity, but it does seem to favor males. read more. Nevertheless, there is one that has escaped their attention which appears at a rather prominent place in the text. The use of the links to java games (PhET Interactive Simulations) is a great idea, though the games themselves are not particularly good or well-defined (it is not clear what the user is supposed to do to play the game).