Volume 1 of the Berkeley Physics Course has been in use in its bound form for about seven years. Several years ago, it seemed appropriate to consider a revision. At this point each of us had taught the course in Berkeley various times, and on the basis of our experience and talks with colleagues, both in Berkeley and at other institutions, we had developed and considered changes to make a more “teachable” text for An introductory course for engineering and physical science students. Thus, we proceeded to such a revision.
We have tried to keep the fresh approach that was characteristic of the whole Berkeley Physics Course, the use of examples drawn from research laboratories, and the presentation of interesting topics often previously judged to be too advanced for an introductory course.