PHY 2048 and 2049 Textbooks and Calculators

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Physics Lecture and Lab
 
TEXTBOOK INFORMATION
 

Updated 14 December 2015.
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Effective December 2016:
 
This textbook information is now
 
OUT OF DATE!
 
Current Textbook Information.
 

These textbooks will be used in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. If we are forced to make a change for PHY2048 next fall, we will still use the current edition for PHY2049 in Fall 2016. The following information is what I report to the bookstore based on the information provided by the publishers on their web sites.

Important note about editions:
The biggest differences between the first and second editions of the textbooks for PHY2048 and PHY2049 are (1) a reordering of some of the problems and (2) changes in the layout and the treatment of a few topics that shifts the page numbers around by a small amount. Since the only problems that I assign from the book are in both editions, you can use the first edition in this class, but will need to ask me for the correct "turn-in" problem numbers. The same caution applies to problems I list that can be used for practice or review.

PHY 2048 - General Physics I

The PHY2048 lecture textbook is Essential University Physics, volume 1, by Richard Wolfson,
SECOND edition (Pearson / Addison-Wesley, 2012).


You do not need "Mastering Physics" or a "clicker" bundled with the book, just the book itself.

PHY 2049 - General Physics II

The PHY2049 lecture textbook is Essential University Physics, volume 2, by Richard Wolfson,
SECOND edition (Pearson / Addison-Wesley, 2012).


You do not need "Mastering Physics" or a "clicker" bundled with the book, just the book itself.

PHY 2048L and PHY2049L - General Physics Labs

The textbook for both labs is Physics Laboratory Manual, by David H. Loyd,
third edition (Brooks/Cole CENGAGE, 2008).

You must buy a NEW copy of the print version of the lab manual since we remove pages from the book for use in the lab (data tables, calculations, and lab report questions). The electronic version is the most affordable choice. Because we do 10 labs in PHY2048 and a similar number in PHY2049, the eChapter version is more expensive than the eBook at the current prices listed by the publisher. The lab manual is used for both semesters at TCC. If you are renting it for less than a full year, you can plan ahead and print the labs you need for both semesters. The labs we do for both classes are listed on the lab web pages for PHY2048L and PHY2049L. Contact me immediately if you have any problems getting a lab manual!

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CALCULATOR INFORMATION
 

You will need to purchase a good two-line-display scientific calculator.

You may  NOT  use a TI-83 calculator or any other graphing calculator,
let alone a cell phone, during the exams in PHY2048 or 2049.

If you do not already own a decent 2-line scientific calculator as a backup to the TI-83Plus required in TCC math classes, you will need to buy one to use on tests in my class.

I recommend one of the "solar" ones. Click this link to read my comments on the scientific calculators you are allowed to use. Yes, you may have already seen this announcement elsewhere. I first mention it in e-mail I send out several weeks before classes start. I also give this information on my "preview" page, the course web page, the two page syllabus and course calendar I hand out on the first day of class, in a video, and in my official syllabus. You will also hear it announced on the first day of class. You have no excuse for not having a suitable calculator by the first week of class so you can be totally familiar with it before the first exam.

There are many good choices in the $10 to $20 price range, and a good shopper can get them for less during back-to-school sales promotions. (I saw advertised sale prices of $8.88 and $10.99 for one model in August 2015.) I don't recommend a specific calculator because I personally use four different models from different manufacturers, and find each of them adequate. (I keep one in my briefcase for use in class, one at home where I do my grading, another at home near a computer, and one in my campus office.) My comments about some of the options can be found by following this link. What I do recommend is that you select a calculator from the list of the ones that can be used on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam that most of you will need to take when you finish your engineering degree. You may  NOT  use a TI-83 calculator or any other graphing calculator, let alone a cell phone, or share a calculator with another student during an exam. I might have a spare you can borrow if you come to a test unprepared, but don't bet your career on it.

To repeat:
You may  NOT  use a TI-83 calculator or any other graphing calculator, let alone a cell phone, during the exams in PHY2048 or PHY2049.
You are strongly advised to get a good one and use it exclusively when doing your physics homework. You need to be accurate and efficient when using it on exams. In addition, many engineering classes at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering ban graphing calculators, so your investment in selecting and using a good scientific calculator will pay off in the long run.

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Contact me if you have any questions. For other information, please to go to my PHY2048 preview page or my PHY2049 preview page. for details.

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 ?? Contact me if you have any questions.

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