IronyandParadox wrote: Waitwaitwaitwait! Halliday Resnick Walker? But...that's my book! My book doesn't have any of those amazing problems of awesomenss.
Dang. I have the 7th edition. Still, I get the feeling that the entire physics department is conspiring against us and giving us only relatively normal problems. As in, no political science majors.
*goes back to studying for physics midterm*
I have the 6th edition, and we call it Hallnicker (although I'm not entirely sure on that spelling). It's got some pretty good problems, and also a thing for penguins. Now some of the penguin problems and examples wouldn't be so notewothy in themselves, except for the fact that they're absolutely. everywhere. in this book. Don't tell me the penguins are minimised/gone in later editions?
A non-penguin problem:
Page 928: "Standing beside railroad tracks, we are suddenly startled by a relativistic boxcar traveling past us as shown in the figure [figure not terribly important right now]. Inside, a well-equipped hobo fires a laser pulse from the front of the boxcar to its rear. (a) Is our measurement of the speed of the pulse greater than, less than, or equal to blah blah blah I'm sick of typing and the rest of it's not much good.
There's also stuff about space battles involving lasers, and pirate ships. And 500kg spheres with 1mm radii.
On page 66 there is a problem involving a "cream tangerine." I can not find any people or websites that know what a cream tangerine is. The book suggests it is something that can be thrown past the side of a building.
Page 85 says that "the rest of this chapter consists of sample problems" and "you should pore over them." Being pretty early in the book and early in the school year, this didn't feel the least bit foreboding. Not at all. (I promise it looks worse on the page than it does when I write it here)
My physics teacher remembers earlier versions of this book. Apparently it used to be a lot less Basically Decent. Sometimes he tells us the old versions of the problems that he remembers and, well, I can see why they revised! Can't remember any right now though.