College Physics A Strategic Approach Technology Update

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/5/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Intended for algebra-based introductory physics courses.

Built from the ground up for optimal learning; refined to help students focus on the big picture
College Physics: A Strategic Approach Technology Update applies the best results from educational research, extensive user feedback and metadata to all design and content, helping more students understand the big picture, gain crucial problem-solving skills and confidence, and better prepare for class.


College Physics: A Strategic Approach Technology Update, Third Edition is accompanied by a significantly more robust MasteringPhysics before, during, and after class. New Dynamic Study Modules focused on fundamental math and physics concepts help students better prepare before class while new Prelecture Videos address common misconceptions students have when learning physics for the first time while reinforcing class preparation.

Now, more than 200 new QR codes appear throughout the textbook, enabling students to use their smartphone or tablet to instantly watch interactive videos about relevant demonstrations, new Dynamic Figure Videos, problem solving strategies, and solutions explained by the authors. Newly Enhanced End-of-Chapter Questions offer students instructional support right when they need it, including wrong-answer specific feedback, links to the eText, and math remediation when completing homework assignments.


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Author Biography

Randy Knight taught introductory physics for 32 years at Ohio State University and California Polytechnic University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Physics. Randy received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California—Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State, under the mentorship of Professor Leonard Jossem, that he began to learn about the research in physics education that, many years later, led to Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching, Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach, and now to this book. Randy’s research interests are in the fields of lasers, spectroscopy, and environmental science. When he’s not in front of a computer, you can find Randy hiking, sea kayaking, playing the piano, or spending time with his wife Sally and their six cats. 
Brian Jones has won several teaching awards at Colorado State University during his 25 years teaching in the Department of Physics. His teaching focus in recent years has been the College Physics class, including writing problems for the MCAT exam and helping students review for this test. In 2011, Brian was awarded the Robert A. Millikan Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for his work as director of the Little Shop of Physics, a hands-on science outreach program. He is actively exploring the effectiveness of methods of informal science education and how to extend these lessons to the college classroom. Brian has been invited to give workshops on techniques of science instruction throughout the United States and in Belize, Chile, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Mexico, and Slovenia. Brian and his wife Carol have dozens of fruit trees and bushes in their yard, including an apple tree that was propagated from a tree in Isaac Newton’s garden.
Stuart Field has been interested in science and technology his whole life. While in school he built telescopes, electronic circuits, and computers. After attending Stanford University, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where he studied the properties of materials at ultralow temperatures. After completing a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he held a faculty position at the University of Michigan. Currently at Colorado State University, Stuart teaches a variety of physics courses, including algebra-based introductory physics, and was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Knight’s Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Stuart maintains an active research program in the area of superconductivity. Stuart enjoys Colorado's great outdoors, where he is an avid mountain biker; he also plays in local ice hockey leagues.


Table of Contents


1. Representing Motion

2. Motion in One Dimension

3. Vectors and Motion in Two Dimensions

4. Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion

5. Applying Newton’s Laws

6. Circular Motion, Orbits, and Gravity

7. Rotational Motion

8. Equilibrium and Elasticity



9. Momentum

10. Energy and Work

11. Using Energy



12. Thermal Properties of Matter

13. Fluids



14. Oscillations

15. Traveling Waves and Sound

16. Superposition and Standing Waves



17. Wave Optics

18. Ray Optics

19. Optical Instruments



20. Electric Fields and Forces

21. Electrical Potential

22. Current and Resistance

23. Circuits

24. Magnetic Fields and Forces

25. Electromagnetic Induction and Electromagnetic Waves

26. AC Electricity



27. Relativity

28. Quantum Physics

29. Atoms and Molecules

30. Nuclear Physics


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