Too Americanised for my son s liking, but got the basics across well. What a brilliant book And written by a Physicist with imagination and a sense of humour Lots of different but complementary teaching styles with interesting scenarios I really liked the layout I found I got lots of support through the hand written notes and summaries of the story so far It s a book which helps you to work out the whys and hows for yourself and promotes a can do attitude to physics by showing that problems are often less difficult than they look I specially liked the sample exam questions and how they were demystified with tips on best practice and how to please an examiner Highly recommended Covers mechanics well hope there s going to be another volume to cover the rest The first thing the potential purchaser needs to know is that, like other volumes in this series, it is not your traditional textbook Despite being the size of decent doorstop the aim is not to cover huge amounts of ground, rather to take the reader on a gentle, memorable and humorous journey which will set them up with the knowledge of mechanics they need to tackle the AP Physics B exam For readers in the UK, this means study at sixth form level for A level or similar.Three main features stand out firstly the infinite patience with which the author divides and conquers every conceivable aspect which might stymie the student, who is never assumed to be especially gifted but left reassured that, as one of the strap lines in the book has it, there are no dumb questions Secondly a real effort is made to teach the reader to think like a physicist There has been some discussion on the O Reilly online forums as to how possible this is, but some punters think this book makes great strides in encouraging readers to really understand physics and this reviewer agrees I was cajoled at many junctures into thinking through mechanical problems, rather than simply grabbing the nearest equation Finally there is the very busy appearance of what is presumably the O Reilly house style for this series except that if it is a house style, it is definitely a shared house full of students having fun and not clearing up after themselves.Like other series such as Wiley s For Dummies or the like, the Head First brand relies on the author supplying a pretty constant stream of engagingly silly ideas, captions, jokes and so forth On this showing Heather Lang might like to have a go at comedy as the humour rarely falls flat in nearly a thousand pages quite an achievement Overall an excellent contribution to an innovative series of textbooks. Having worked my way through this book cover to cover, I can say that it is extremely engaging and user friendly.The author writes in an amusing style, and keeps the reader s interest all the way through The clear layout and interactive character of this book make it particularly appealing The fact that you use practical situations to work things out, and aren t just presented with lots of equations, means that you remember the equations you conclusively arrive at, as you actually understand where they have come from, rather than simply learning them in parrot fashion.Each chapter has a different plotline and goal for you to aim for, which makes you feel like everything you are doing throughout the chapter has a purpose, and that by the end of the chapter you have succeeded in solving the problem This made me feel like I wasn t just wading through a textbook, but was actually involved in what was going on, which made the information much memorable, and the process enjoyable.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about physics at any level, from complete beginners, to anyone studying physics for school or university It would also be especially good for someone who is being educated at home, or for anyone who wants an enjoyable way to brush up for exams. Very easy to Understand es un libro muy didactico, como lo son los demas libros de head first Hace que los temas sean muy sencillos Wouldn t it be great if there were a physics book that showed you how things work instead of telling you how Finally, with Head First Physics, there is This comprehensive book takes the stress out of learning mechanics and practical physics by providing a fun and engaging experience, especially for students who just don t get it Head First Physics offers a format that s rich in visuals and full of activities, including pictures, illustrations, puzzles, stories, and quizzes a mixed media style proven to stimulate learning and retention One look will convince you This isn t mere theory, this is physics brought to life through real world scenarios, simple experiments, and hypothetical projects Head First Physics is perfect for anyone who s intrigued by how things work in the natural worldYou ll quickly discover that physics isn t a dry subject It s all about the world we live in, encompassing everything from falling objects and speeding cars, to conservation of energy and gravity and weightlessness, and orbital behavior This book Helps you think like a physicist so you can understand why things really work the way they doGives you relevant examples so you can fully grasp the principles before moving on to complex conceptsDesigned to be used as a supplement study guide for the College Board s Advanced Placement Physics B ExamIntroduces principles for the purpose of solving real world problems, not memorizationTeaches you how to measure, observe, calculate and yes how to do the mathCovers scientific notation, SI units, vectors, motion, momentum conservation, Newton s Laws, energy conservation, weight and mass, gravitation and orbits, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, and much If Myth Busters and other TV programs make you curious about our physical world or if you re a student forced to take a physics course now you can pursue the subject without the dread of boredom or the fear that it will be over your head Head First Physics comes to rescue with an innovative, engaging, and inspirational way to learn physics