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I am a grade 12 student with a very basic knowledge of calculus. Which is a better book - fundamentals of physics by resnick halliday or university physics by young and freedman? For understanding the concepts well and also for the quality of problems and proper tips to solve them

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All in one "For understanding the concepts well and also for the quality of problems and proper tips to solve them". University physics is better. –  user31782 Dec 14 '13 at 9:55
    
Jewett and Serway. –  Dimensio1n0 Dec 14 '13 at 10:26

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I suggest you should study calculus first because you will not grasp the mathematics involved.

For Calculus "Basic Concepts for High School" by L.V. Tarasov is the best.

you can also enjoy little bit mathematical rigour by reading "Calculus: An Introductory Approach by Ivan Niven "

I think in 11th you might have finished Newtonian mechanics, waves, fluid mechanics etc with little knowledge in calculus. You should have a review with solid understanding of calculus. For review halliday resnick's is better. On the other hand Sears zemansky's University physics is very illustrative and has very good examples.

So if you are just starting physics then i would suggest Sears zemansky's.

But if you had a taste of physics in 11th then reconsider the physics syllabus of 11th in Halliday resnick's book.

In my time i used to refer multiple books but if you relies on only one then Sears Zemansky's book is OK.

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Do they teach calculus in resnick halliday or young and freedman? –  user34304 Dec 14 '13 at 9:23
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non of these. The real calculus is only found in math books. there is no comparison of these. Go to library put both books back to back and choose randomly one. –  user31782 Dec 14 '13 at 9:30

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