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Brief Description:The goal ofEssential College Physicsis to provide a text focused on essential principles-a shorter, more focused text that better addresses the learning needs of todayrs"s students while more effectively guiding them through the mastery of physics. Brevity does not need to come at the expense of student learning. Key Topics:Measurements in Physics, Motion in One Dimension, Motion in Two Dimensions, Force and Newtonrs"s Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, Oscillations, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Solids and Fluids, Waves and Sound, Temperature, Thermal Expansion, and Ideal Gases, Heat, The Laws of Thermodynamics, Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields, Electric Energy, Potential, and Capacitors, Electric Current, Resistance, and Circuits, Magnetic Fields and Forces, Electromagnetic Induction and AC Circuits, Electromagnetic Waves and Special Relativity, Geometrical Optics, Wave Optics, Early Modern Physics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Elementary Particles Market:Intended for those interested in learning the basics of college physics

Author Biography

Andrew Rex has been professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound since 1982. He frequently teaches the College Physics course, so he has a deep sense of student and instructor challenges.  He is the author of several textbooks, including Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Integrated Physics and Calculus.In addition to textbook writing, he studies foundations of the second law of thermodynamics, which has led to the publication of several papers and the widely acclaimed book Maxwell’s Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing. 


Richard Wolfson has been professor of physics at Middlebury College for more than 25 years. In addition to his textbooks, Essential University Physics, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, and Energy, Environment, and Climate, he has written two science books for general audiences: Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology, and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified. His video courses for the Teaching Company include Physics in Your Life and Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists.

Table of Contents

1. Measurements in Physics

2. Motion in One Dimension

3. Motion in Two Dimensions

4. Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion

5. Work and Energy

6. Momentum and Collisions

7. Oscillations

8. Rotational Motion

9. Gravitation

10. Solids and Fluids

11. Waves and Sound

12. Temperature, Thermal Expansion, and Ideal Gases

13. Heat

14. The Laws of Thermodynamics

15. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields

16. Electric Energy, Potential, and Capacitors

17. Electric Current, Resistance, and Circuits

18. Magnetic Fields and Forces

19. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current

20. Electromagnetic Waves and Special Relativity

21. Geometrical Optics

22. Wave Optics

23. Modern Physics

24. Atomic Physics

25. Nuclear Physics

26. A Universe of Particles

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