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Wouldn't it be great if there were a physics book that showed you how things work instead of telling you how? Finally, with Head First Physics, there is. This comprehensive book takes the stress out of learning mechanics and practical physics by providing a fun and engaging experience, especially for students who "just don't get it." Head First Physics offers a format that's rich in visuals and full of activities, including pictures, illustrations, puzzles, stories, and quizzes -- a mixed-media style proven to stimulate learning and retention. One look will convince you: This isn't mere theory, this is physics brought to life through real-world scenarios, simple experiments, and hypothetical projects. Head First Physics is perfect for anyone who's intrigued by how things work in the natural world. You'll quickly discover that physics isn't a dry subject. It's all about the world we live in, encompassing everything from falling objects and speeding cars, to conservation of energy and gravity and weightlessness, and orbital behavior. This book:

  • Helps you think like a physicist so you can understand why things really work the way they do

  • Gives you relevant examples so you can fully grasp the principles before moving on to more complex concepts

  • Designed to be used as a supplement study guide for the College Board's Advanced Placement Physics B Exam

  • Introduces principles for the purpose of solving real-world problems, not memorization

  • Teaches you how to measure, observe, calculate -- and yes -- how to do the math

  • Covers scientific notation, SI units, vectors, motion, momentum conservation, Newton's Laws, energy conservation, weight and mass, gravitation and orbits, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, and much more

If "Myth Busters" and other TV programs make you curious about our physical world -- or if you're a student forced to take a physics course -- now you can pursue the subject without the dread of boredom or the fear that it will be over your head. Head First Physics comes to rescue with an innovative, engaging, and inspirational way to learn physics!

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Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5 rating Based on 5 Ratings

"Member" - by Jean Felix on 25-JUN-2013
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"OK, recommended with a big caveat" - by markbolla on 16-MAR-2010
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This book is a lot of fun as far as I could see. I admit that I didn't read the whole book, but I did peruse/read most of the chapters. It is well written and it is excellent at doing what it intends to do. It essentially makes the study of Physics FUN and would be a great way to introduce someone to the workings of the physical world and to prod someone into delving further into the study of physics. It is great at helping someone learn what physics really is all about. Essentially, it teaches how to think like a physicist.

HOWEVER, here is what is is not good at: In a word, the math is way too simplistic.  Many times it came close to showing the hard way to get to a basic calculus premise, and then suddenly backs off as if calculus was a bucket of hot water and the reader was about to get scalded. I kept waiting to turn a page and finally see a calculus equation somewhere; but no. For this reason, I am afraid many aspiring physics students may get sidetracked or misled. In NO WAY could this ever be a physics textbook, or a reference book. Although it does make many concepts fun, without a very very thorough knowledge of advanced math, moving beyond the concepts in this book would be almost impossible. In summary, Physics is a lot of work, but this is a pretty cool introduction, I admit.

To be fair, I do have a degree in Physics, and I may be somewhat biased towards the technical. But I do appreciate this book for what it is; a fun and funny introduction to technical thinking.

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