No bullshit guide to math and physics 5th Edition
Book Preface
This book contains lessons on topics in math and physics, written in a style that is jargon-free and to the point. Each lesson covers one concept at the depth required for a first-year university-level course. The main focus of this book is to highlight the intricate connections between the concepts of math and physics. Seeing the similarities and parallels between the concepts is the key to understanding.
Why?
The genesis of this book dates back to my student days when I was required to purchase expensive textbooks for my courses. Not only are these textbooks expensive, they are also tedious to read. Who has the energy to go through thousands of pages of explanations? I began to wonder, “What’s the deal with these thick books?” Later, I realized mainstream textbooks are long because the textbook industry wants to make more profits. You don’t need to read 1000 pages to learn calculus; the numerous full-page colour pictures and the repetitive text that are used to “pad” calculus textbooks are there to make the $130 price seem reasonable.
Looking at this situation, I said to myself, “something must be done,” and I sat down and wrote a modern textbook to explain math and physics clearly, concisely, and affordably. There was no way I was going to let mainstream publishers ruin the learning experience of these beautiful subjects for the next generation.
How?
Each section in this book is a self-contained tutorial. Each section covers the definitions, formulas, and explanations associated with a single topic. You can therefore read the sections in any order you find logical. Along the way, you will learn about the connections between the concepts of calculus and mechanics. Understanding mechanics is much easier if you know the ideas of calculus. At the same time, the ideas behind calculus are best illustrated through concrete physics examples. Learning the two subjects simultaneously is the best approach. To learn mechanics and calculus, you first need to know your high school math. In order to make the book accessible for all readers, the book begins with a review chapter on numbers, algebra, equations, functions, and other prerequisite concepts.
If you feel a little rusty on those concepts, be sure to check out Chapter 1. The end of each section contains links to interesting webpages, animations, and further reading material. You can use these links as a starting point for further exploration. The end of each chapter contains a series of exercises. Make sure you spend some quality time with them. You will learn a lot by solving exercises on your own.
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