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1 | This list is limited in scope to currently available English-language physics course textbooks between the sophomore and first-year graduate levels. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||

2 | My hope is that this list will be useful to physics instructors selecting textbooks, and to anyone who is interested in textbook prices and the upheaval of the textbook publishing industry. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||

3 | For a discussion of these issues see http://dvschroeder.blogspot.com/2015/12/textbook-price-pandemonium.html. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||

4 | Prices are for U.S. editions and are mostly obtained from publishers' web sites; discounts are often available from publishers or from other online retailers. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||

5 | I've intentionally omitted texts that are not widely used in the U.S. If there are other important omissions or errors, please email me at dschroeder at weber dot edu. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||

6 | Course | Author | Title | Edition | Publisher | Year | List price (12/15) | Remarks | ||||||||||||||||||

7 | Astrophysics | Carroll and Ostlie | Introduction to Modern Astrophysics | 2 | Pearson | 2007 | $225.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

8 | Astrophysics | Ryden and Peterson | Foundations of Astrophysics | 1 | Pearson | 2010 | $198.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

9 | Astrophysics | Moaz | Astrophysics in a Nutshell | 1 | Princeton | 2007 | $85.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

10 | Astrophysics | Choudhuri | Astrophysics for Physicists | 1 | Cambridge | 2010 | $74.99 | looks pretty advanced | ||||||||||||||||||

11 | Atomic and Molecular Physics | Bransden and Joachain | Physics of Atoms and Molecules | 2 | Pearson | 2003 | $223.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

12 | Biophysics | Claycomb and Tran | Introductory Biophysics: Perspectives on the Living State | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2011 | $162.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

13 | Biophysics | Nelson | Biological Physics | 1 | Macmillan | 2013 | $147.99 | revised with new art in 2013 | ||||||||||||||||||

14 | Biophysics | Nelson | Physical Models of Living Systems | 1 | Macmillan | 2015 | $140.99 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

15 | Computational Physics | DeVries and Hasbun | A First Course in Computational Physics | 2 | Jones & Bartlett | 2011 | $190.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

16 | Computational Physics | Giordano and Nakanishi | Computational Physics | 2 | Pearson | 2006 | $182.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

17 | Computational Physics | Zimmerman and Olness | Mathematica for Physics | 2 | Pearson | 2003 | $152.40 | maybe not a true computational physics textbook | ||||||||||||||||||

18 | Computational Physics | Gould, Tobochnik, and Christian | An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods | 3 | Pearson | 2006 | $131.20 | recently went out of print; list price is from Amazon | ||||||||||||||||||

19 | Computational Physics | Landau, Paez, and Bordeianu | A Survey of Computational Physics | 1 | Princeton | 2008 | $115.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

20 | Computational Physics | Franklin | Computational Methods for Physics | 1 | Cambridge | 2013 | $84.99 | |||||||||||||||||||

21 | Computational Physics | Woolfson and Pert | An Introduction to Computer Simulation | 1 | Oxford | 1999 | $74.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

22 | Computational Physics | Newman | Computational Physics | 1 | CreateSpace | 2012 | $48.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

23 | Computational Physics | Garcia | Numerical Methods for Physics | 2 | CreateSpace | 2015 | $19.00 | first edition was published by Addison-Wesley | ||||||||||||||||||

24 | Cosmology | Ryden | Introduction to Cosmology | 1 | Pearson | 2003 | $108.60 | out of print by end of December | ||||||||||||||||||

25 | Electrodynamics | Wangsness | Electromagnetic Fields | 2 | Wiley | 1986 | $205.95 | paperback, print on demand | ||||||||||||||||||

26 | Electrodynamics | Griffiths | Introduction to Electrodynamics | 4 | Pearson | 2013 | $174.60 | |||||||||||||||||||

27 | Electrodynamics | Fitzpatrick | Maxwell's Equations and the Principles of Electromagnetism | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2008 | $164.95 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

28 | Electrodynamics | Ohanian | Classical Electrodynamics | 2 | Jones & Bartlett | 2007 | $164.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

29 | Electrodynamics | Purcell and Morin | Electricity and Magnetism | 3 | Cambridge | 2013 | $89.99 | more elementary than a standard text; earlier editions published by McGraw-Hill | ||||||||||||||||||

30 | Electrodynamics | Cook | The Theory of the Electromagnetic Field | 1 | Dover | 1981 | $34.95 | was Prentice Hall | ||||||||||||||||||

31 | Electrodynamics (grad) | Brau | Modern Problems in Classical Electrodynamics | 1 | Oxford | 2003 | $194.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

32 | Electrodynamics (grad) | Jackson | Classical Electrodynamics | 3 | Wiley | 1999 | $127.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

33 | Electrodynamics (grad) | Garg | Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell | 1 | Princeton | 2012 | $110.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

34 | Electrodynamics (grad) | Landau and Lifshitz | The Classical Theory of Fields | 4 | Elsevier | 1980 | $72.95 | Butterworth-Heinemann imprint | ||||||||||||||||||

35 | Electrodynamics (grad) | Panofsky and Phillips | Classical Electricity and Magnetism | 2 | Dover | 1962 | $29.95 | was Addison-Wesley | ||||||||||||||||||

36 | Electronics | Snoke | Electronics: A Physical Approach | 1 | Pearson | 2015 | $138.60 | |||||||||||||||||||

37 | Electronics | Horowitz and Hill | The Art of Electronics | 3 | Cambridge | 2015 | $120.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

38 | General Relativity | Hartle | Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity | 1 | Pearson | 2003 | $114.20 | |||||||||||||||||||

39 | General Relativity | Schutz | A First Course in General Relativity | 2 | Cambridge | 2009 | $89.99 | |||||||||||||||||||

40 | General Relativity | Ohanian and Ruffini | Gravitation and Spacetime | 2 | Norton | 1994 | $89.75 | |||||||||||||||||||

41 | General Relativity | Moore | A General Relativity Workbook | 1 | University Science Books | 2013 | $76.50 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

42 | General Relativity | Cheng | A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology | 1 | Oxford | 2015 | $49.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

43 | General Relativity | Cheng | Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology | 2 | Oxford | 2010 | $49.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

44 | Math Methods | Boas | Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences | 3 | Wiley | 2006 | $210.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

45 | Math Methods | Felder and Felder | Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Physics | 1 | Wiley | 2016 | $191.95 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

46 | Math Methods | Arfken, Weber, and Harris | Mathematical Methods for Physicists | 7 | Elsevier | 2012 | $124.95 | Academic Press imprint | ||||||||||||||||||

47 | Math Methods | McQuarrie | Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers | 1 | University Science Books | 2003 | $122.50 | |||||||||||||||||||

48 | Mechanics | Fowles and Cassiday | Analytical Mechanics | 7 | Cengage | 2005 | $404.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

49 | Mechanics | Marion and Thornton | Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems | 5 | Cengage | 2004 | $401.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

50 | Mechanics | Hamill | Intermediate Dynamics | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2010 | $303.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

51 | Mechanics | Hasbun | Classical Mechanics with MATLAB Applications | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2009 | $255.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

52 | Mechanics | Arya | Introduction to Classical Mechanics | 2 | Pearson | 1998 | $208.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

53 | Mechanics | Taylor | Classical Mechanics | 1 | University Science Books | 2005 | $124.50 | |||||||||||||||||||

54 | Mechanics | Hand and Finch | Analytical Mechanics | 1 | Cambridge | 1998 | $110.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

55 | Mechanics | Morin | Introduction to Classical Mechanics | 1 | Cambridge | 2008 | $94.99 | includes relativity | ||||||||||||||||||

56 | Mechanics | French | Newtonian Mechanics | 1 | Norton | 1971 | $47.56 | more elementary than a standard text | ||||||||||||||||||

57 | Mechanics (grad) | Goldstein, Poole, and Safko | Classical Mechanics | 3 | Pearson | 2002 | $204.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

58 | Mechanics (grad) | Finn | Classical Mechanics | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2009 | $173.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

59 | Mechanics (grad) | Jose and Saletan | Classical Dynamics: A Contemporary Approach | 1 | Cambridge | 1998 | $105.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

60 | Mechanics (grad) | Landau and Lifshitz | Mechanics | 3 | Elsevier | 1976 | $72.95 | Butterworth-Heinemann imprint | ||||||||||||||||||

61 | Mechanics (grad) | Fetter and Walecka | Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua | 1 | Dover | 1980 | $37.95 | was McGraw-Hill | ||||||||||||||||||

62 | Modern Physics | Serway, Moses, and Moyer | Modern Physics | 3 | Cengage | 2005 | $368.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

63 | Modern Physics | Thornton and Rex | Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers | 4 | Cengage | 2013 | $355.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

64 | Modern Physics | Krane | Modern Physics | 3 | Wiley | 2012 | $208.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

65 | Modern Physics | Eisberg and Resnick | Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and Particles | 2 | Wiley | 1985 | $206.95 | more advanced than most; can't find it on Wiley's web site; info from Amazon | ||||||||||||||||||

66 | Modern Physics | Harris | Modern Physics | 2 | Pearson | 2008 | $197.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

67 | Modern Physics | Tipler and Llewellyn | Modern Physics | 6 | Macmillan | 2012 | $182.99 | |||||||||||||||||||

68 | Modern Physics | Ohanian | Modern Physics | 2 | Pearson | 1995 | $179.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

69 | Modern Physics | Taylor, Zafiratos, and Dubson | Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers | 2 | University Science Books | 2015 | $98.50 | paperback; formerly published in hardcover by Prentice Hall | ||||||||||||||||||

70 | Modern Physics | Townsend | Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics | 1 | University Science Books | 2010 | $98.50 | a little advanced compared to others, with narrower focus on quantum theory | ||||||||||||||||||

71 | Modern Physics | Sproull and Phillips | Modern Physics: The Quantum Physics of Atoms, Solids, and Nuclei | 3 | Dover | 1980 | $34.95 | was Wiley; seems to be an Eisberg&Resnick competitor, without coverage of relativity | ||||||||||||||||||

72 | Nuclear and Particle Physics | Dunlap | An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles | 1 | Cengage | 2004 | $268.95 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

73 | Nuclear and Particle Physics | Frauenfelder and Henley | Subatomic Physics | 2 | Pearson | 1991 | $186.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

74 | Nuclear and Particle Physics | Williams | Nuclear and Particle Physics | 1 | Oxford | 1991 | $105.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

75 | Nuclear Physics | Krane | Introductory Nuclear Physics | 3 | Wiley | 1987 | $241.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

76 | Optics | Hecht | Optics | 4 | Pearson | 2002 | $209.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

77 | Optics | Pedrotti, Pedrotti, and Pedrotti | Introduction to Optics | 3 | Pearson | 2007 | $204.40 | |||||||||||||||||||

78 | Optics | Guenther | Modern Optics | 2 | Oxford | 2015 | $98.50 | |||||||||||||||||||

79 | Optics | Lipson, Lipson, and Lipson | Optical Physics | 4 | Cambridge | 2010 | $94.99 | |||||||||||||||||||

80 | Optics | Peatross and Ware | Physics of Light and Optics | 8 | Lulu | 2015 | $21.30 | discounted 40% to $12.78; free download from authors' web site; frequently revised | ||||||||||||||||||

81 | Optics | Fowles | Introduction to Modern Optics | 1 | Dover | 1975 | $19.95 | was Holt, Rinehart and Winston | ||||||||||||||||||

82 | Particle Physics | Seiden | Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction | 1 | Pearson | 2004 | $155.60 | probably grad level | ||||||||||||||||||

83 | Particle Physics | Carlsmith | Particle Physics | 1 | Pearson | 2013 | $139.20 | undergrad level | ||||||||||||||||||

84 | Particle Physics | Griffiths | Introduction to Elementary Particles | 2 | Wiley | 2008 | $110.00 | paperback | ||||||||||||||||||

85 | Quantum Mechanics | Reed | Quantum Mechanics | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2008 | $240.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

86 | Quantum Mechanics | Gasiorowicz | Quantum Physics | 3 | Wiley | 2003 | $224.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

87 | Quantum Mechanics | Griffiths | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics | 2 | Pearson | 2005 | $193.20 | |||||||||||||||||||

88 | Quantum Mechanics | Liboff | Introductory Quantum Mechanics | 4 | Pearson | 2002 | $193.20 | recently went out of print; list price from Amazon | ||||||||||||||||||

89 | Quantum Mechanics | Blumel | Foundations of Quantum Mechanics | 1 | Jones & Bartlett | 2010 | $175.95 | emphasizes quantum information; not suitable for a traditional course | ||||||||||||||||||

90 | Quantum Mechanics | McIntyre | Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach | 1 | Pearson | 2013 | $135.20 | |||||||||||||||||||

91 | Quantum Mechanics | Peebles | Quantum Mechanics | 1 | Princeton | 1992 | $120.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

92 | Quantum Mechanics | Shankar | Principles of Quantum Mechanics | 2 | Springer | 1994 | $115.00 | is or was under Plenum imprint | ||||||||||||||||||

93 | Quantum Mechanics | Goswami | Quantum Mechanics | 2 | Waveland Press | 1997 | $113.95 | formerly published by William C Brown | ||||||||||||||||||

94 | Quantum Mechanics | Robinett | Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples | 2 | Oxford | 2006 | $105.95 | |||||||||||||||||||

95 | Quantum Mechanics | Townsend | A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics | 2 | University Science Books | 2013 | $98.50 | |||||||||||||||||||

96 | Quantum Mechanics | Schumacher and Westmoreland | Quantum Processes, System, and Information | 1 | Cambridge | 2010 | $89.99 | |||||||||||||||||||

97 | Quantum Mechanics | Beck | Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment | 1 | Oxford | 2012 | $89.00 | |||||||||||||||||||

98 | Quantum Mechanics | Zettili | Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications | 2 | Wiley | 2009 | $83.00 | paperback, hardcover also available | ||||||||||||||||||

99 | Quantum Mechanics | Mandl | Quantum Mechanics | 1 | Wiley | 1992 | $67.00 | paperback, print on demand | ||||||||||||||||||

100 | Quantum Mechanics | Binney and Skinner | The Physics of Quantum Mechanics | 1 | Oxford | 2013 | $49.95 |

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