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I'm a first year physics student and the main source for our Physics I course is "Berkeley Physics Course - Volume I." I'm having a hard time understanding this book because it assumes a pretty high level of previous knowledge, and the mathematical level is also advanced.

Is anyone familiar with a site that assists with this book in particular, or some kind of accompanying source?

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closed as off-topic by Qmechanic Dec 13 at 22:07

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Hi nofeliram, and welcome to Physics Stack Exchange! An answer key for the problems in the book isn't going to help with the problems you say you have, namely that the book requires prior knowledge which you don't have, so I edited that part out. –  David Z Dec 11 '11 at 2:27
While it is preferable to study with the book the course is based on I often had the experience that a single book alone is not enough to understand the subject. So I would recommend you just browse your library for similar introductory text books and pick one that suits you personally. –  Alexander Dec 11 '11 at 15:47
I can't go by a more introductory book because they don't cover the material in my coursebook. Halliday & Resnick's Fundamentals of Physics, for example, which I own and is a very pretty and easy-to-understand textbook doesn't go deep enough... I think its for engineering students. My question is directed towards people who are familiar with this book in particular, and perhaps have advice on how to best learn from it.(It was published in 1962, I don't know how widely it is used today but my professor has adopted it as his lesson plan). Thanks –  nofe Dec 15 '11 at 23:01
For conceptual reasoning and understanding use a book called Concepts of Physics, by Dr. H.C. Verma - it helps a lot. According to me, it's best to understand physics –  Henish Shah Dec 13 at 17:44
This question (v3) seems to fits poorly to Phys.SE for various reasons, e.g. it doesn't ask an actual physics question, so I'm closing it. –  Qmechanic Dec 13 at 22:07