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A Poor Choice for Learning how to Apply Physics
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2016
I was required to use this book for a semiconductor class in college. The book is written at a unnecessarily high level, often using more complex words to describe simple concepts. The book also focusses too much time on deriving equations, in my opinion. It seems like this is the number one focus most of the time, instead of the actual concept and use for the derived information. The examples that are given are generally good, though a few of them lack good explanation as to why they did something. Examples seem to have been sacrificed for long derivations.
Major formulas and concepts are not introduced well, often the book assumes you know something and the first time you see it is in an example. Sometimes, you were just expected to have read the appendix, with hardly any indication. Even when the book does show major formulas and concepts, they are often not highlighted in any way and it's easy to lose them in the many formulas used while deriving equations.
Some sections of the book claim to be optional, however future sections often refer to information from these "optional" sections. There were a few typos, but nothing too major, I think the worst one I found simply made an example problem impossible.
Overall, this book is not good for learning physics concepts at all, though I suppose if you wanted to dive deep into how formulas and concepts are found, it might be a good choice.