An Introduction to Physical Science

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-09-21
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole
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An Introduction to Physical Science presents a survey of the physical sciences--physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, and geology--for non-science majors. Topics are treated both descriptively and quantitatively, providing flexibility for instructors who wish to emphasize a highly descriptive approach, a highly quantitative approach, or anything in between. The Eleventh Edition includes content and features that help students better visualize concepts, master basic math, and practice problem solving. In addition, a dynamic technology package accompanies the text. A Blackboard/WebCT course, along with HM ClassPrep and CL Testing resources, provide course management tools that help make class preparation and assessment more efficient and effective. The Eleventh Edition is available in both hardcover and--at a reduced price-- paperback versions, giving students flexible options to meet their needs.

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes Key Terms
Matching, Multiple-Choice, Fill in the Blank, and Short-Answer Questions
Visual Connection
Applying Your Knowledge
Answers to Confidence Exercises
Answers to Questions; and On the Web
The Physical Sciences
The Scientific Method and Attitude Highlight: The "Face" on Mars
The Senses
Standard Units and Systems of Units A Spotlight On: Fundamental Quantities
More on the Metric System
Derived Units and Conversion Factors Highlight: Is Unit Conversion Important?
It Sure Is
Significant Figures
Defining Motion
Speed and Velocity
Acceleration Highlight: Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Acceleration in Uniform Circular Motion
Projectile Motion
Force and Motion
Force and Net Force
Newton's First Law of Motion
Newton's Second Law of Motion
Newton's Third Law of Motion
Newton's Law of Gravitation Highlight: The "Fourth Law of Motion": The Automobile Air Bag A Spotlight On
Newton's Laws of Motion Highlight: Some Effects of Apparent Weightlessness on the Human Body
Work and Energy
Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy
Conservation of Energy
Forms and Sources of Energy Highlight: Fill It Up...with Hydrogen
Temperature and Heat
Heat Highlight: Freezing from the Top Down
Specific Heat and Latent Heat
Heat Transfer
Phases of Matter
The Kinetic Theory of Gases Highlight: Hot Gases: Aerosol Cans and Popcorn
Waves and Energy Propagation
Wave Properties
Electromagnetic Waves
Sound Waves Highlight: Noise Exposure Limit
The Doppler Effect
Standing Waves and Resonance
Optics and Wave Effects
Refraction and Dispersion
Spherical Mirrors Highlight: The Rainbow
Dispersion and Internal Reflection
Diffraction and Interference Highlight: Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
Electricity and Magnetism
Electric Charge and Current Highlight: Photocopiers
Voltage and Electrical Power
Simple Electric Circuits and Electrical Safety
Magnetism Highlight: Electrical Safety
Electromagnetism Highlight: Physics "Factinos"
Atomic Physics
Early Concepts of the Atom
The Dual Nature of Light Highlight: Albert Einstein
Bohr Theory of the Hydrogen Atom
Microwave Ovens, X-Rays, and Lasers Highlight: Fluorescence and Phosphorescence
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
Matter Waves Highlight: Electron Microscopes
The Electron Cloud Model of the Atom A Spotlight On: The Changing Model of the Atom
Nuclear Physics
Symbols of the Elements
The Atomic Nucleus
Radioactivity and Half-Life A Spotlight On: Atomic Structure Highlight: The Discovery of Radioactivity
Nuclear Reactions
Nuclear Fission
Nuclear Fusion Highlight: The Origins of the Atomic Bomb
Biological Effects of Radiation Highlight: Nuclear Power and Waste Disposal
The Chemical Elements
Classification of Matter Highlight: The Lake Nyos "Monster"
Discovery of the Elements
Occurrence of the Elements
The Periodic Table
Naming Compounds
Groups of Elements A Spotlight On: Naming Compounds
Chemical Bonding
Law of Conservation of Mass Highlight: Lavoisier
The Father of Chemistry
Law of Definite Proportions
Dalton's Atomic Theory
Ionic Bonding
Covalent Bonding
Hydrogen Bonding Highlight: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You!
Chemical Reactions
Balancing Chemical Equations
Energy and Rate of Reaction Highlight: Chemistry "Factinos"
Acids and Bases Highlight: Chemistry and Tooth Enamel
Single-Replacement Reactions
Avogadro's Number A Spotlight On: Reaction Types
Organic Chemistry
Bonding in Organic Compounds
Aromatic Hydrocarbons Highlight: Breakthroughs!
Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
Derivatives of Hydrocarbons
Synthetic Polymers A Spotlight On: Hydrocarbons and Their Derivatives Highlight
Stick It to Them!
Place and Time
Cartesian Coordinates
Latitude and Longitude
Time Highlight: The Concept of Time
Determining Latitude and Longitude Highlight: Daylight Saving Time
The Seasons and the Calendar
Precession of the Earth's Axis A Spotlight On: Place and Time
The Solar System
The Solar System: An Overview
The Planet Earth--Third Planet from the Sun
The Terrestrial Planets A Spotlight On: The Terrestrial Planets
The Jovian Planets and Pluto Highlight: Galileo Mission to Jupiter: The Little Spacecraft
That Could A Spotlight On: The Jovian Planets and Pluto
The Origin of the Solar System
Other Planetary Systems
Moons and Other Solar System Objects
Features of the Earth's Moon
Lunar Motional Effects: Phases, Eclipses, and Tides Highlight
Seeing Only One Side of the Moon A Spotlight On: The Moon
Moons of the Terrestrial Planets
Moons of the Jovian Planets and Pluto
Other Solar System Objects: Asteroids, Meteoroids, Comets, and Interplanetary Dust Highlight
Risks from Asteroids--The Torino Scale Highlight: Catching a Comet by the Tail
The Universe
The Sun
The Celestial Sphere
Classifying Stars
The Life Cycle of Low-Mass Stars
The Life Cycle of High-Mass Stars
Cosmology Highlight: The Age of the Universe Highlight
Astronomy "Factinos"
The Atmosphere
Composition and Structure
Atmospheric Energy Content Highlight: Blue Skies and Red Sunsets Highlight
The Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric Measurements and Observations
Air Motion
Clouds A Spotlight On: Cloud Families and Types
Atmospheric Effects
Condensation and Precipitation
Air Masses Highlight: El Ni?o and La Ni?a
Storms Highlight: Wind Chill Temperature Index Highlight: Naming Hurricanes
Atmospheric Pollution
Pollution and Climate Highlight: The Ozone Hole Highlight
Meteorology "Factinos"
Minerals, Rocks, and Igneous Activity
Rocks Highlight: Rare Beauties: Gems
Igneous Rocks A Spotlight On: The Rock Cycle
Igneous Activity
Sedimentary Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
Structural Geology
Continental Draft and Seafloor Spreading
Plate Tectonics Highlight: Tracking Plate Motion
A Spotlight On: Plate Boundaries
Earthquakes and the Earth's Interior Highlight: Earthquake Risk in the Conterminous
United States Highlight: Deadly Tsunamis
Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building
Surface Processes
Erosion A Spotlight On: Weathering Highlight
The World's Greatest Flood
Shoreline and Seafloor Topography Highlight: Tube Worms and "Black Smokers"
Geologic Time
Relative Geologic Dating
Radiometric Dating Highlight: Geology "Factinos"
The Age of the Earth
The Geologic Time Scale A Spotlight On: The Geologic Time Scale Highlight
The K-T Event: The Disappearance of the Dinosaurs Appendixes
TheSeven Base Units of the International System of Units (SI)
Solving Mathematical Problems in Science
Equation Rearrangement
Analysis of Units
Positiveand Negative Numbers
Powers-of-10 Notation
Significant Figures
Psychometric Tables
Seasonal Star Charts
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