Physics - Douglas C. Giancoli - 9780321733627 - Physics / Astronomy - Algebra-Based Physics (91)
Douglas C. Giancoli  
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July 2013
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Elegant, engaging, exacting, and concise, Giancoli’s Physics: Principles with Applications, Seventh Edition, helps students view the world through eyes that know physics.


Giancoli’s text is a trusted classic, known for its elegant writing, clear presentation, and quality of content. Using concrete observations and experiences students can relate to, the text features an approach that reflects how science is actually practiced: it starts with the specifics, then moves to the great generalizations and the more formal aspects of a topic to show students why we believe what we believe.


Written with the goal of giving students a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of physics in all its aspects, the text uses interesting applications to biology, medicine, architecture, and digital technology to show students how useful physics is in their own everyday lives and in their future professions.



Engaging applications and elegant writing show the relevance of physics.

  • Concrete applications, observations, and experiences that students can relate to show students how useful physics is in their everyday lives and future professions in such areas as biology, medicine, and architecture.
  • Physics Applied margin notes highlight the varied and frequent applications in the text.The writing style is concise and elegant, using an economy of words to describe physics accurately and precisely.


Proven pedagogy guides students through common misconceptions to teach important problem solving skills.

  • NEW! Chapter-Opening Questions, at the start of each chapter, help identify preconceived notions that students might have before they read the chapter.
  • NEW! MisConceptual Questions are multiple-choice questions, at the end of each chapter, that address common student misconceptions.
  • NEW! Search and Learn Problems at the end of each chapter encourage students to reread part of the text.
  • Worked Examples include consistent problem solving strategies with Approach, Solution, and Note steps.
  • Problem Solving Strategies throughout the book outline step-by-step approaches to get students thinking about and involved in the problem at hand.
  • Conceptual Examples feature brief Socratic questions intended to stimulate students to respond before they read the Response given.
  • Estimate Examples develop skills for making order-of-magnitude estimates.
  • Problem Solving margin notes offer problem solving hints where needed most.

New to this Edition

Improved and Updated Pedagogy

  • MisConceptual (Multiple-choice) Questions now appear at the end of each chapter. Answer options for these questions are intended to include common student misconceptions, providing both a learning and a testing experience.
  • Search and Learn Problems are placed at the very end of each Chapter, after the other Problems. While some problems are relatively difficult, others are fairly easy. They are intended to compel the student to go back and reread some part or parts of the text, and in this search for an answer they will hopefully learn more.
  • Chapter-Opening Questions (COQs) start each chapter as a sort of “stimulant.” Each is multiple-choice, with responses including common misconceptions—to get preconceived notions out on the table right at the start. Where relevant material is covered in the text, students find an Exercise asking them to return to the COQ and reconsider it.
  • Modified examples include more math steps that are spelled out, and many new Examples have been added. About 10% of all Examples are Estimate Examples.
  • Improved page layout has been achieved for every page of the book. Important derivations and Examples are on facing pages.

Updated Content and Applications

  • Language has been streamlined throughout and edited for greater clarity. Specifically, essentials appear first; elaborations follow.
  • Digital coverage has been significantly updated throughout. This major change includes crucial new applications in today’s world, where students are surrounded by digital electronics. In an effort to help students understand “How it works,” the author explains:
    • The basis of digital in bits and bytes, how analog gets transformed into digital, sampling rate, bit depth, quantization error, compression, and noise
    • How digital TV works, including how each pixel is addressed for each frame, data stream, refresh rate
    • Semiconductor computer memory, DRAM, and Flash
    • Digital cameras and sensors—revised and expanded
    • New semiconductor physics, some of which is used in digital devices, including LEDs and OLEDs—how they work and what their uses are, plus more on transistors (MOSFETs), chips, and technology generation, as in 22-nm technology
  • New topics, new applications, and principal revisions include:
    • You can measure the Earth’s radius
    • Improved graphical analysis of linear motion
    • The Moon’s orbit around the Earth: its phases and periods, with a diagram
    • Planets (how they were first seen); heliocentric and geocentric models
    • Explanation of the change in lake level when a large rock is thrown from a boat
    • Colors as seen under water
    • Soap bubble sequence of colors explained
    • Solar sails
    • Biology and medicine, including: Blood measurements (blood flow, blood sugar); use of trees to help offset CO2 buildup; pulse oximeter; proton therapy; calculation of radon exposure; the brain and cell phone use; and PET, SPECT, MRI
    • Lots on sports
    • Flat screen TVs
    • Free-electron theory of metals, Fermi gas, Fermi level
    • Semiconductor devices–new details on diodes, LEDs, OLEDs, solar cells, compound semiconductors, diode lasers, MOSFET transistors, chips, 22-nm technology

Table of Contents

16. Electric Charge and Electric Field

17. Electric Potential

18. Electric Currents

19. DC Circuits

20. Magnetism

21. Electromagnetic Induction and Faraday’s Law

22. Electromagnetic Waves

23. Light: Geometric Optics

24. The Wave Nature of Light

25. Optical Instruments

26. The Special Theory of Relativity

27. Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom

28. Quantum Mechanics of Atoms

29. Molecules and Solids

30. Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity

31. Nuclear Energy; Effects and Uses of Radiation

32. Elementary Particles

33. Astrophysics and Cosmology


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.