PHY 2048 and 2049 Textbooks and Calculators


Physics Lecture and Lab

Updated 01 May 2017.

These textbooks will be used in Fall 2017. We will change books for PHY2048 this fall but will continue to use the Wolfson textbook for PHY2049 in Fall 2017. The PHY2049 text will change in Spring 2017. The following information is what I report to the bookstore based on the information provided by the publishers on their web sites.

The OpenStax book is available on-line in real time or as (very large) pdf. The links given below take you to an information page for each volume that provides access to the current on-line edition (look in the upper right corner of the page for the "View Online" link) and the 80 Mb pdf version, plus the student solution guide. It can also be purchased in paperback from a third-party publisher.

PHY 2048 - General Physics I

The PHY2048 lecture textbook is University Physics, volume 1 and part of volume 2,
current edition (circa March 2017 at this time).

You do not need "WebAssign" or anything else, just the book itself.
We will use volumes 2 and 3 for PHY2049 in the Spring 2018 semester.

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.

Important note about older 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. As a result, you can use the first edition in this class as long as you adjust for these differences. Although the only problems that I assign from the book are in both editions, you will need to ask me for the correct number of each "turn-in" problem and confirm whether you have the correct problems from a list of odd-numbered practice problems.

PHY 2048L and PHY2049L - General Physics Labs

You can use either the old (third edition) or the new (fourth edition) version of the textbook in these classes. We will announce in class which version we will follow for post-lab questions when there are differences between them. We have handouts that explain any procedural differences between our lab equipment and what is described in the manual. The syllabus for PHY2048L will give page numbers in the fourth edition, but the PHY2049L syllabus will refer to page numbers in the third edition because students in that class used the third edition in their fall class.

The official textbook for sale at the TCC Bookstore is
Physics Laboratory Manual, by David H. Loyd,
FOURTH edition (Brooks/Cole CENGAGE, 2014).

The FOURTH edition will be the primary text for both PHY2048L and PHY2049L in Fall 2017.
The earlier version is Physics Laboratory Manual, by David H. Loyd,
third edition (Brooks/Cole CENGAGE, 2008).

The third edition can still be used in Fall 2017. There are only minor differences between the editions, and the web page for the lab gives page numbers for both editions. See below for links to the lab web pages.

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!



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.


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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