9780321568090

Conceptual Physics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780321568090

  • ISBN10:

    0321568095

  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/26/2009
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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Since defining this course 30 years ago, Paul Hewitt’s best-selling book continues to be the benchmark book that two-thirds of professors use and by which all others are judged. In Conceptual Physics, Eleventh Edition Paul Hewitt shows how a compelling book and the most advanced media can be integrated to empower professors as they bring physics to life for non-science majors, both in and out of class. For the Eleventh Edition, Hewitt helps readers connect physics to their everyday experiences and the world around them, and provides additional help on solving mathematical problems.

Hewitt’s book is famous for engaging readers with analogies and imagery from real-world situations that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. With this strong foundation, readers are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and are motivated to explore the thought-provoking exercises and fun projects in each chapter. The new edition features a fresh new design, content that is more focused on physics applications, and updated pedagogical features.

Key Topics:

About Science, Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia, Linear Motion, Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration

Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction, Momentum, Energy, Rotational Motion, Gravity, Projectile and Satellite Motion

Atomic Nature of Matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases and Plasmas, Temperature, Heat and Expansion, Heat Transfer, Change of Phase

Thermodynamics, Vibrations and Waves, Sound, Musical Sounds, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Properties of Light, Color, Reflection and Refraction, Light Waves, Light Emission, Light Quanta, The Atom and the Quantum, Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Special Theory of Relativity, General Theory of Relativity

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Market: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of conceptual physics

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 the 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. He is the author of Conceptual Physics and a co-author of Conceptual Physical Science and Conceptual Physical Science Explorations (with John and Leslie).

Table of Contents

1. About Science 

I. MECHANICS

2. Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia

3. Linear Motion

4. Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration

5. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction 

6. Momentum

7. Energy

8. Rotational Motion

9. Gravity

10. Projectile and Satellite Motion

II. PROPERTIES OF MATTER

11. Atomic Nature of Matter

12. Solids

13. Liquids

14. Gases and Plasmas

III. HEAT

15. Temperature, Heat and Expansion

16. Heat Transfer

17. Change of Phase

18. Thermodynamics

IV. SOUND

19. Vibrations and Waves

20. Sound

21. Musical Sounds

V. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

22. Electrostatics

23. Electric Current

24. Magnetism

25. Electromagnetic Induction

VI. LIGHT

26. Properties of Light

27. Color

28. Reflection and Refraction

29. Light Waves

30. Light Emission

31. Light Quanta

VII. ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS

32. The Atom and the Quantum

33. Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

34. Nuclear Fission and Fusion

VIII. RELATIVITY

35. Special Theory of Relativity

36. General Theory of Relativity

Appendices

A. Systems of Measurement

B. More About Motion

C. Graphing

D. More About Vectors

E. Exponential Growth and Doubling Time

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some topics easily understood April 9, 2014
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Well, one book that explains Newton's Laws of motion better than most. Magnetism hasn't been really easy to follow in many books. But, I must say this book scores in that area too and many other areas as well. Certain topics on light are interesting and simple to follow. Physics made easy, in short!
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Excellent introduction to physics March 21, 2011
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This is my first physics book to study with and I've enjoyed it so far. If you want a textbook that's great at explaining ideas of physics to help you better understand why certain formulas in physics, exist, this could be a great supplemental textbook for you or your students. It's conceptual, so it digs deep enough to be interesting and educational, but it leaves out the more complicated math that is usually associated with physics. The chapters are easy to read and less dry than your average text. All in all, great text for a conceptual physics class, especially for young university students.
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