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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 1/14/2016
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Intended for algebra-based introductory physics courses.  


An accessible, problem-solving approach to physics, grounded in real-world applications

James Walker’s Physics provides students with a solid conceptual understanding of physics that can be expressed quantitatively and applied to the world around them. Instructors and students praise Walker’s Physics for its friendly voice, the author’s talent for making complex concepts understandable, an inviting art program, and the range of excellent homework problems and example-types that provide guidance with problem solving. The Fifth Edition includes new “just-in-time” learning aids such as “Big Ideas” to quickly orient students to the overarching principles of each chapter, new Real-World Physics and Biological applications, and a wealth of problem-solving support features to coach students through the process of applying logic and reasoning to problem solving.  


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Author Biography

James Walker obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Washington in 1978. He subsequently served as a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at San Diego before joining the physics faculty at Western Washington University. Professor Walker’s research interests include statistical mechanics, critical phenomena, and chaos. His many publications on the application of renormalization-group theory to systems ranging from absorbed monolayers to binary-fluid mixtures have appeared in Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Physica, and a host of other publications. He has also participated in observations on the summit of Mauna Kea, looking for evidence of extra-solar planets.


Jim Walker likes to work with students at all levels, from judging elementary school science fairs to writing research papers with graduate students, and has taught introductory physics for many years. His enjoyment of this course and his empathy for students have earned him a reputation as an innovative, enthusiastic, and effective teacher. Jim’s educational publications include “Reappearing Phases” (Scientific American, May 1987) as well as articles in the American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher. In recognition of his contributions to the teaching of physics at Western Washington University, Jim was named the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science and Mathematics Education for 2001–2003.


When he is not writing, conducting research, teaching, or developing new classroom demonstrations and pedagogical materials, Jim enjoys amateur astronomy, eclipse chasing, bird and dragonfly watching, photography, juggling, unicycling, boogie boarding, and kayaking. Jim is also an avid jazz pianist and organist. He has served as ballpark organist for a number of Class A minor league baseball teams, including the Bellingham Mariners, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.  He can play Take Me Out To The Ball Game in his sleep.

Table of Contents

Applications in the Text             

Preface: To the Instructor        

Preface: To the Student             

Guide to Features of the Text

1. Introduction to Physics 


2. One-Dimensional Kinematics

3. Vectors in Physics  

4. Two-Dimensional Kinematics

5. Newton’s Laws of Motion

6. Applications of Newton’s Laws 

7. Work and Kinetic Energy

8. Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy 

9. Linear Momentum and Collisions       

10. Rotational Kinematics and Energy             

11. Rotational Dynamics and Static Equilibrium      

12. Gravity            

13. Oscillations About Equilibrium           

14. Waves and Sound               

15. Fluids         


16. Temperature and Heat      

17. Phases and Phase Changes               

18. The Laws of Thermodynamics            


19. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields          

20. Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy 

21. Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits       

22. Magnetism                  

23. Magnetic Flux and Faraday’s Law of Induction           

24. Alternating-Current Circuits                


25. Electromagnetic Waves

26. Geometrical Optics

27. Optical Instruments

28. Physical Optics: Interference and Diffraction


29. Relativity

30. Quantum Physics

31. Atomic Physics

32. Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Radiation


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