I researched some question about book recommendations and I found a lot of books on Google Search, and here in physics.se the book recommendation question was closed because it is a broad question, for example, this question.

My question is specific: What are the books used nowadays in USA for learning physics in college and university? (meaning popular books) I am working as a freelance tutor and knowing the material reference from a specific country could improve my services of tutoring.

I had to learn physics for my university and we use Resnick, Serways, Sears & Zemansky. I don’t know if those books are popular in colleges and universities of USA...

Can I ask this here? And if yes, is it a good idea ask for which books are popular by country? Is this question more related to the Academia or Open Data Stack Exchange sites?

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    $\begingroup$ Your question isn't specific at all- there are many different popular books used for different fields and for different levels of physics. At a bare minimum you would want to focus on a specific field and level of physics. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Mod
    Commented Sep 3, 2021 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris Fundamentals of Physics In my country is named Physics 1 ( this is kynematics, force, work and energy, momentum, static, gravitation, fluid, gases, circuits )I understand that phy.se use a different terminology for that. I am new here I thought that I know the areas of physics but this SE is another level $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 3, 2021 at 14:24

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I would say, as a general rule, that geographic limitations on this type of question are not appropriate here. Asking for what's popular in a specific geographic area will produce results which are only useful to a thin sliver of future visitors, and that's enough to sink that idea.

Resource-recommendation questions are hard to get working correctly, and this site struggled significantly with them some years back, including a full ban on the whole type. The current policy is documented here, based on discussions here and here. Threads that do not follow those guidelines are generally closed.

Regarding other places to ask: this is not really on topic on Academia, and it has as much to do with Open Data as it does with Cooking or Travel. It could be on-topic on a (hypothetical) Science Educators SE site, but the various attempts to start one have stalled short of the goal. Unfortunately, just because a question is interesting to someone doesn't mean that there must be an SE site where it can be asked.


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