Conceptual Physical Science Plus MasteringPhysics with eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 1/7/2016
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For one- or two-semester physical science survey courses for non-science majors.

This package includes MasteringPhysics.


Opening the Doors of Science

Conceptual Physical Science, Sixth Edition, provides a conceptual overview of basic, essential topics in physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy with optional quantitative analyses. The authors focus on concepts before computations. With its clear, friendly writing style, and strong integration of the sciences, this book connects well with all students.


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0134060482 / 9780134060484           Conceptual Physical Science Plus MasteringPhysics with eText -- Access Card Package

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0134060490 / 9780134060491           Conceptual Physical Science

013407999X / 9780134079998           MasteringPhysics with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Conceptual Physical Science


Author Biography

Paul G. Hewitt

Former silver-medal boxing champion, sign painter, uranium prospector, and soldier, Paul began college at the age of 27, with the help of the GI Bill. He pioneered the conceptual approach to teaching physics at City College of San Francisco. He has taught as a guest teacher at various middle schools and high schools, the University of California at both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses, and the University of Hawaii at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. He also taught for 20 years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which honored him with its Outstanding Educator Award in 2000.


John A. Suchocki

John is the author of Conceptual Chemistry as well as a co-author (with Paul and Leslie Hewitt) of Conceptual Physical Science Explorations. John obtained his Ph.D in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then at Leeward Community College. In addition to authoring textbooks, John is currently an adjunct faculty member at St. Michael’s College in Coldchester, Vermont.


Leslie A. Hewitt

Leslie is also coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science Explorations (with Paul and John). After obtaining her geology degree at San Francisco State University, Leslie’s interest in teaching broadened to include educating elementary and middle school students. She completed additional graduate work in geography and education, receiving her California State Teaching Certification, also from San Francisco State University. In addition to writing, she devotes considerable time and energy to bringing science education to young people in engaging ways.


Table of Contents

Prologue: The Nature of Science



1. Patterns of Motion and Equilibrium

2. Newton's Laws of Motion

3. Momentum and Energy

4. Gravity, Projectiles, and Satellites

5. Fluid Mechanics

6. Temperature, Heat, and Thermodynamics

7. Heat Transfer and Change of Phase

8. Static and Current Electricity

9. Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

10. Waves and Sound

11. Light



12. Atoms and the Periodic Table

13. The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

14. Elements of Chemistry

15. How Atoms Bond and Molecules Attract

16. Mixtures

17. How Chemicals React

18. Two Classes of Chemical Reactions

19. Organic Compounds



20. Rocks and Minerals

21. Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Interior

22. Shaping Earth’s Surface

23. Geologic Time—Reading the Rock Record

24. The Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climatic Effects       

25. Driving Forces of Weather



26. The Solar System

27. Stars and Galaxies

28. The Structure of Space and Time


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