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  • Copyright: 2011-01-04
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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Richard Wolfson#x19;s Essential University Physicsis a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and relevant real-life applications.#xA0;This textis a compelling and affordable alternative for professors who want to focus on the fundamentals and bring physics to life for their students. #xA0; Essential University Physicsretains many of the favorite features of the first edition, while introducing new pedagogical elements that incorporate proven results from physics education research. The text focuses on the fundamentals of physics, teaches sound problem-solving skills, emphasizes conceptual understanding, and makes connections to the real world. Features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies help provide a clear learning path. #xA0; The crisp two-color design is clear and engaging. The book incorporates the research-proven approach of annotated figures, pencil-style sketches in worked examples, and visual chapter summaries. The Second Editionfeatures comprehensively revised and updated end-of-chapter problem sets, significant content updates, new Conceptual Examples, and additional Applications, all of which serve to foster understanding and interest. #xA0; Essential University Physicsis offered as two paperback volumes, available shrink-wrapped together and for sale individually.

Author Biography

Richard Wolfson has been professor of physics at Middlebury College for more than twenty-five 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,  Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, and How the Universe Works: Understanding Physics, from Quark to Galaxy.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 contains Chapters 1—19.

Volume 2 contains Chapters 20—39.


1. Doing Physics


2. Motion in a Straight Line

3. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions

4. Force and Motion

5. Using Newton’s Laws

6. Work, Energy, and Power

7. Conservation of Energy

8. Gravity

9. Systems of Particles

10. Rotational Motion

11. Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum

12. Static Equilibrium


13. Oscillatory Motion

14. Wave Motion

15. Fluid Motion


16. Temperature and Heat

17. The Thermal Behavior of Matter

18. Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics

19. The Second Law of Thermodynamics


20. Electric Charge, Force, and Field

21. Gauss’s Law

22. Electric Potential

23. Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors

24. Electric Current

25. Electric Circuits

26. Magnetism: Force and Field

27. Electromagnetic Induction

28. Alternating-Current Circuits

29. Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves


30. Reflection and Refraction

31. Images and Optical Instruments

32. Interference and Diffraction


33. Relativity

34. Particles and Waves

35. Quantum Mechanics

36. Atomic Physics

37. Molecules and Solids

38. Nuclear Physics

39. From Quarks to the Cosmos


Appendix A Mathematics

Appendix B The International System of Units (SI)

Appendix C Conversion Factors

Appendix D The Elements

Appendix E Astrophysical Data

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