Fundamentals of Physics

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Fundamentals of Physics
The cover page of Fundamentals of Physics Extended 9th edition.
Authors David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker
Country United States of America
Language American English
Subject Physics
Genre Textbook
Published 1960 (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Media type Print (hardcover)

Fundamentals of Physics is a calculus-based physics textbook by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, and Jearl Walker.[1] The textbook is currently in its tenth edition (published 2013) and is published in a five-volume set. The current version is a revised version of the original textbook Physics by Halliday and Resnick, first published in 1960. It is widely used in colleges as part of the undergraduate physics courses, and has been well known to science and engineering students for decades as "the gold standard" of freshman-level physics texts. In 2002, the American Physical Society named the work the most outstanding introductory physics text of the 20th century.

The most recent editions of the textbook have been enhanced by Walker to include Checkpoint questions. These are conceptual ranking-task questions that help the student before embarking on numerical calculations.

The textbook covers most of the basic topics in physics:

The extended edition also contains introductions to topics such as quantum mechanics, atomic theory, solid-state physics, nuclear physics and cosmology. A solutions manual and a study guide are also available. [2]


  1. ^ Amato, Joseph (December 1996). "The introductory calculus-based physics textbook". Physics Today 49 (12): 46–51. Bibcode:1996PhT....49l..46A. doi:10.1063/1.881581. 
  2. ^ Kim, Eunsook; Pak, Sung-Jae (2002). "Students do not overcome conceptual difficulties after solving 1000 traditional problems". American Journal of Physics 70 (7): 759–765. Bibcode:2002AmJPh..70..759K. doi:10.1119/1.1484151.