Conceptual Integrated Science: Pearson New International Edition

Paul G. Hewitt / Suzanne A Lyons / John A. Suchocki / Jennifer Yeh  
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July 2013
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This best-selling introduction to the physical and life sciences emphasizes concepts over computation and treats equations as a guide to thinking so the reader can connect ideas.


Conceptual Integrated Science covers physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, and biology at a level appropriate for non-science students. The conceptual approach relates science to everyday life, is personal and direct, deemphasizes jargon, and emphasizes central ideas. The conceptual ideas serve as the foundation supporting and integrating all the sciences.



  • Integration and Relevance
    • Integrated Science (IS) sections are found in every chapter. They show how the foundational ideas connect the different sciences.  End of chapter questions are associated with most IS sections.
    • Unifying Concept icons indicate cross references to the same unifying concept in other parts of the book.
  • Pedagogy:
    • Insights in the margins of the text provide interesting facts or pedagogical aids.
    • “Check Yourself” questions and answers throughout the text help students gauge their level of comprehension as they read.
    • Math Connection boxes allow students to understand scientific concepts in a quantitative manner. This feature is particularly useful for courses that have math requirements.
    • History of Science boxes provide background information on historical experiments and scientific discoveries related to topics discussed in the chapter.
    • Technology boxes discuss the scientific principles behind everyday modern technology.
    • Science and Society boxes feature current-event topics which relate science to everyday life.
  • Flexibility:
    • Boxed and Pedagogical Features are all presented in a flexible format that allows professors to pick and choose content to use in their courses.

New to this Edition

  • End of chapter assessment materials have been organized into a format following Bloom’s Taxonomy (Knowledge, Comprehension, Hands-On Application, Mathematical Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation). Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a structured progression from basic knowledge to mature understanding. Organizing the end of chapter materials according to Bloom’s Taxonomy enables the instructor to assign assessment material that matches the capabilities of the student audience and gives the instructor the opportunity to evaluate student performance more precisely.
    • Ranking task problems have been added to the End of Chapter sections for most chapters.
  • Astronomy chapters are rewritten and updated to reflect changes in the field.
  • A Learning Outcome has been added to each section to help the students focus on the most important concepts in each chapter. Instructors using MasteringPhysics can assign content that is tied to these book-specific Learning Outcomes.
  • A Readiness Assurance Test has been added to the end of each chapter. The RAT is a set of multiple-choice questions meant to help students assess their understanding of the material in that chapter.
  • Earth Science coverage has been made more accessible by adapting some topic coverage from Conceptual Integrated Science: Explorations.

Table of Contents

1. About Science


Part I. Physics

2. Describing Motion

3. Newton’s Laws of Motion

4. Energy and Momentum

5. Gravity

6. Heat

7. Electricity and Magnetism

8. Waves—Sound and Light


Part II. Chemistry

9. The Atom

10. Nuclear Physics

11. Investigating Matter

12. Chemical Bonds and Mixtures

13. Chemical Reactions

14. Organic Chemistry


Part III. Biology

15. The Basic Unit of Life—The Cell

16. Genetics

17. The Evolution of Life

18. Biological Diversity

19. Human Biology I—Control and Development

20. Human Biology II—Care and Maintenance

21. Ecosystems and Environment


Part IV. Earth Science

22. Plate Tectonics

23. Rocks and Minerals

24. Earth’s Surface—Land and Water

25. Surface Processes

26. Weather

27. Environmental Geology


Part V. Astronomy

28. The Solar System