Note: you are also required to buy (available at the bookstore)
a TurningPoint "clicker"
and a lab notebook if you're taking Physics 107 concurrently
You are encouraged to purchase a used textbook to save some $, but past
experience has not shown that used clickers are reliable (the battery often
dies soon after purchase!). And used lab notebooks often have crucial missing
*Yes, you read that right: 1986. I would have researched a more recent textbook
if I had known far enough in advance that I was teaching this class (again).
Alas, I found out too late. There are many strengths in this textbook (after
all, our understanding of the fundamentals of light haven't changed that much
since 1986!), but weaknesses include:
lack of digital photography
I will address CCD cameras in this class and generally ignore film. You are
more than welcome to read the chapters on the history of film photography but
they will not be on the homework or tests.
It's not clear to me that other textbooks don't suffer this problem since this
is a math-light class. In the absence of math, one must use words. See your
homework and test answers for examples! At any rate, my search for a better
This is really galling which is why I encourage you to purchase a used textbook
if possbile. This book needs a serious revision if Wiley continues to plan to
sell it at ~$100. THat said, textbooks are never the largest cost of an
education; and you can make some $ back by selling it when you're done. You can
also consider sharing a textbook with a friend in class (splitting the cost),
but of course that carries its own risks.