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Re: PER textbook suggestions

My only two suggestions are: (1) Matter & Interactions by Chabay and
Sherwood and (2) Physics by Randy Knight (as you've already mentioned).

I began using M&I by Chabay and Sherwood this year. I cannot adequately
express how much I like this book. I personally find the topics it
covers and the order in which those topics are covered as the most
appealing aspects of the book. It feel like I'm teaching "physics" and
not "an encyclopedia of physics topics". It focuses on fundamental
principles and application of those principles in building scientific


On Thursday, February 19, 2004, at 07:45 PM, Larry Smith wrote:


I think I'll need to select a new textbook for our calc-based
University Physics for scientists and engineers for next fall. I've
using Serway and Beichner 5e and liked it fairly well, but it's getting
harder to find copies of the 5e now that the 6e is out. I could just
to the 6e, but Beichner isn't on that one, so I'm also open to more
moves. What I'd like is a textbook written from the ground up based
on PER
principles, but Beichner's own book isn't due for a couple of years
Since I'm at a two-year college where transfer to universities is very
important for our engineering students, I can't do something too
that the universities would frown on. Is there a PER-based book that
so radical as to make the course untransferable? I'd still need to
the standard topics in the two-semester sequence, and probably even in
same general order since all University Physics sequences in the state
articulate and have the same course numbers (students can easily
after one semester and pick up the second half of the sequence).

For example, the brochure for Randall D. Knight's book "Physics for
Scientists and Engineers" (Pearson/Addison Wesley) claims the text is
"built from the ground up for more effective learning." It further
"We are proud to present the first calculus-based physics text built
the ground up based on educational research into how students learn
and can
be taught more effectively." This is exactly the kind of thing I'm
for, but I'd like the opinion of the rest of you about this text and
on other similar competitors.