Fall Quarter Textbooks

  • updated 9/7/14 to include physics textbook info
  • updated 9/16/14 to clarify ISBN numbers and add some options to purchasing the physics text
  • updated 9/20/14 to remove WebAssign

Texts may be available in the college bookstore or can be purchased on your own.

  • Seminar: A Cultural History of Physics (Simonyi), ISBN-10: 1568813295, ISBN-13: 9781568813295. We recommend avoiding an electronic version of this text; reviews indicate that electronic versions have incorrect formatting, figure placement, and equations. This beautiful book is a must-have in its physical version. We use this text in fall quarter.
  • Calculus: Calculus (Strang 2010, 2e), ISBN-10: 0980232740, ISBN-13: 9780521781930. The first edition of Strang’s classic text is also acceptable, and is available as a free on-line resource (available at http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-18-001-calculus-online-textbook-spring-2005/textbook/), so if you don’t choose to buy a bound edition, you could print your own, or download an electronic copy. You will need to have access to the book during class meetings. Students continuing on in the study of mathematics and physics will find their calculus book a necessary reference so we encourage you to think about long term prospects. We use this text in fall, winter, and spring quarters.
  • Physics: Principles & Practice of Physics plus MasteringPhysics with eText — Access Card Package (Mazur), ISBN-10: 0136150934, ISBN-13: 9780136150930. You will need the full text (the “Principles” portion and the “Practice” portion) as well as the MasteringPhysics access card/code (MasteringPhysics is an online homework system) – all of these should come bundled using the ISBN provided. We use this text in fall, winter, and spring quarters.
    • The online listing for this textbook bundle at the Evergreen Greener Store gives the title as Mazur University Physics. However, as far as I can tell, the correct ISBN is listed.
    • One of your classmates noticed that it looks like you can buy a loose leaf unbound version of the text (with an access card) for less than the bound version, by buying it directly from the publisher (Pearson); you may choose to check out this option here. Students continuing on in the study of physics will find their physics book a necessary reference so we encourage you to think about long term prospects.
  • Students will also need to purchase access to WebAssign, an on-line homework submission service that we will use for calculus (this is in addition to MasteringPhysics). More details will be provided at our first class meeting. Students will not use WebAssign for calculus.
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