Physics for Scientists & Engineers Vol. 1 (Chs 1-20) with MasteringPhysics

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 7/31/2007
  • Publisher: Pearson

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $59!
    Your order must be $59 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $219.86 Save up to $65.96
  • Rent Book $153.90
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


This book aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach readers by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying. Physics is a description of reality, and thus each topic begins with concrete observations and experiences that readers can directly relate to. We then move on to the generalizations and more formal treatment of the topic. Not only does this make the material more interesting and easier to understand, but it is closer to the way physics is actually practiced. IINTRODUCTION, MEASUREMENT, ESTIMATING, DESCRIBING MOTION: KINEMATICS IN ONE DIMENSION, KINEMATICS IN TWO OR THREE DIMENSIONS; VECTORS, DYNAMICS: NEWTONrs"S LAWS OF MOTION , USING NEWTONrs"S LAWS: FRICTION, CIRCULAR MOTION, DRAG FORCES , GRAVITATION AND NEWTONrs"S6 SYNTHESIS , WORK AND ENERGY, CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, LINEAR MOMENTUM, ROTATIONAL MOTION, ANGULAR MOMENTUM; GENERAL ROTATION, STATIC EQUILIBRIUM; ELASTICITY AND FRACTURE, FLUIDS, OSCILLATIONS, WAVE MOTION, SOUND, TEMPERATURE, THERMAL EXPANSION, AND THE IDEAL GAS LAW, KINETIC THEORY OF GASES, HEAT AND THE FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS, SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS MARKET: For all readers interested in physics and the way physics is actually practiced.

Author Biography

Douglas C. Giancoli obtained his BA in physics (summa cum laude) from UC Berkeley, his MS in physics at MIT, and his PhD in elementary particle physics back at the UC Berkeley. He spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley’s Virus lab developing skills in molecular biology and biophysics. His mentors include Nobel winners Emilio Segrè and Donald Glaser.


He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, traditional as well as innovative ones, and continues to update his textbooks meticulously, seeking ways to better provide an understanding of physics for students.


Doug’s favorite spare-time activity is the outdoors, especially climbing peaks. He says climbing peaks is like learning physics: it takes effort and the rewards are great.

Table of Contents

Applications Listp. xii
Prefacep. xiv
Available Supplements and Mediap. xxii
Notes to Students (and Instructors) On the Formatp. xxiv
Color Use: Vectors, Fields, and Symbolsp. xxv
Introduction, Measurement,1 Estimatingp. 1
The Nature of Sciencep. 2
Models, Theories, and Lawsp. 2
Measurement and Uncertainty; Significant Figuresp. 3
Units, Standards, and the SI Systemp. 6
Converting Unitsp. 8
Order of Magnitude: Rapid Estimatingp. 9
Dimensions and Dimensional Analysisp. 12
Summaryp. 14
Questionsp. 14
Problemsp. 14
General Problemsp. 16
Describing Motion: Kinematics2 In One Dimensionp. 18
Reference Frames and Displacementp. 19
Average Velocityp. 20
Instantaneous Velocityp. 22
Accelerationp. 24
Motion at Constant Accelerationp. 28
Solving Problemsp. 30
Freely Falling Objectsp. 34
Variable Acceleration; Integral Calculusp. 39
Graphical Analysis and Numerical Integrationp. 40
Summaryp. 43
Questionsp. 43
Problemsp. 44
General Problemsp. 48
Kinematics In Two or Three3 Dimensions; Vectorsp. 51
Vectors and Scalarsp. 52
Addition of Vectors-Graphical Methodsp. 52
Subtraction of Vectors, and Multiplication of a Vector by a Scalarp. 54
Adding Vectors by Componentsp. 55
Unit Vectorsp. 59
Vector Kinematicsp. 59
Projectile Motionp. 62
Solving Problems Involving Projectile Motionp. 64
Relative Velocityp. 71
Summaryp. 74
Questionsp. 75
Problemsp. 75
General Problemsp. 80
Dynamics: Newtonrsquo;s Laws4 of Motionp. 83
Forcep. 84
Newtonrsquo;s First Law of Motionp. 84
Massp. 86
Newtonrsquo;s Second Law of Motionp. 86
Newtonrsquo;s Third Law of Motionp. 89
Weight-the Force of Gravity; and the Normal Forcep. 92
Solving Problems with Newtonrsquo;s Laws: Free-Body Diagramsp. 95
Problem Solving-A General Approachp. 102
Summaryp. 102
Questionsp. 103
Problemsp. 104
General Problemsp. 109
Using Newtonrsquo;s Laws:5 Friction, Circular Motion, Drag Forcesp. 112
Applications of Newtonrsquo;s Laws Involving Frictionp. 113
Uniform Circular Motion-Kinematicsp. 119 <P s
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review