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    I'm hopefully going to be starting Physics with the Foundation Year at Durham come September 2012, and I wondered if people could give my recommendations on what maths/physics books would come in useful. I've been highly recommended to get 'Engineering Mathematics' & 'Advanced Engineering Mathematics' by K.A. Stroud, which I've heard contain more or less every single bit of math you'd need for a Physics course. I've even heard of some people who have used these 2 books and never attended a maths lecture, lol. But if you have any more recommendations, please let me know. I'll list the other books i'm thinking of getting below, and feel free to comment if you have had any experience with them, or can think of better alternatives.


    'Universe 9th Edition' by Roger Freedman, William J. Kaufmann
    'Foundations of Modern Cosmology' by John F. Hawley, Katherine A. Holcombe
    'Collins Advanced Science - Physics' by Ken Dobson
    'The Sciences Good Study Guide' by Andy Northedge

    Dont get any until you need them!! I got through all of my 1st year without buying anything other than the compulsory core text book and I only got 1 other book in 2nd year. Most of the time you can get what you need from google books/the library.

    The only book I would get is 'Maths for scientists and engineers' by Reiley, however the library has access to an electronic copy of this so you only need to buy it if you want a physical version in your room.

    I got these two, though I've not used them yet just by looking at the insides I can tell I will be using them often, they are so clear and concise.



    Both for £10 used.

    If you want my Loughborough Physics with a foundation reading list just ask.

    (Original post by mbchepburn)
    Grr - I know there are book suggestions on the Durham Physics website. Just the other day I was looking at pages for each module where it listed lecturer, topics studied, and recommended reading (not the same as the Faculty Handbook pages). But now I can't find them anywhere.

    The main recommended books when I joined were:
    Wolfson - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Un...7405429&sr=8-1
    Tipler - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Physics-Scie...7405440&sr=8-1

    Most of our Foundations of Physics lectures were written to Tipler, and some changed to Wolfson, but they might have moved on since.
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