The goal ofEssential College Physics is to provide a text focused on essential principles—a shorter, more focused text that better addresses the learning needs of today’s students while more effectively guiding them through the mastery of physics. Brevity does not need to come at the expense of student learning.
This text is designed from the ground up to be concise and focused, resulting in a book that is less intimidating and easier to use, with well-coordinated explanations, art, worked examples, and end-of-chapter problems. It incorporates an overarching connected approach: connecting ideas within and across chapters; connecting physics with the real world; connecting words and math; and connecting with how today’s students learn and how they use their textbook. In addition to providing a strong foundation that teaches physics principles, the text also focuses on building students’ problem-solving skills. The friendly, integrated approach, combined with the low price, makes Essential College Physics an invaluable textbook choice.
- A consistent problem-solving approach helps students learn and reinforce good problem-solving habits. The book uses the Organize-Plan/Solve/Reflect (OSR) framework, a clear 3-step problem-solving strategy consistently modeled in every example of the book and easily applied to any homework or test problem students will face. This strategy begins with a problem’s key ideas, stresses the importance of planning a solution and drawing a diagram, moves through the math, checks for a reasonable answer, and relates the problem’s content to a broader understanding of physics.
- Conceptual Examples and Quantitative Examples respectively focus on conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning, which are key to a full understanding of physics.
- Making the Connection follow-up exercises involve a slight twist on the Worked Example and provide extra insight into the problem. They bridge topics by asking students questions that will help them connect to an idea presented earlier or encourage them to look ahead to the next topic.
- Strategy Boxes are geared toward problem-solving and are presented in the framework of the three-step problem-solving approach which helps to identify the thought that goes into each step.
- Tactics Boxes give explicit procedures for developing specific skills (vector addition and subtraction, drawing force diagrams, etc.).
- End-of-chapter problems consist of:
- Multiple choice problems that can be used as a prep for multiple-choice exams, problem-solving practice, and prep for the MCAT exam
- Conceptual questions that require students to think about the physics without using numbers
- Quantitative/qualitative problems that include a diversity of problem types, including some with biological applications, and span an appropriate range of difficulty
- Context-rich problems that give students extra information and facilitate peer-instruction
- A Structured Learning Path provides students with a clear course to follow while studying physics. Elements of this learning path include:
- To Learn bulleted lists at the beginning of each chapter clearly identify a map of the upcoming key concepts and student’s learning goals.
- Reviewing New Concepts throughout the text provide immediate reinforcement of new ideas and help keep students focused on key ideas and learning goals.
- Visual Chapter Summary stresses important relationships, separately identifies the related concepts and terminology, and features minimal use of equations.
Table of Contents
1. Measurements in Physics
2. Motion in One Dimension
3. Motion in Two Dimensions
4. Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion
5. Work and Energy
6. Momentum and Collisions
8. Rotational Motion
10. Solids and Fluids
11. Waves and Sound
12. Temperature, Thermal Expansion, and Ideal Gases
14. The Laws of Thermodynamics
15. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields
16. Electric Energy, Potential, and Capacitors
17. Electric Current, Resistance, and Circuits
18. Magnetic Fields and Forces
19. Electromagnetic Induction and AC Circuits
20. Electromagnetic Waves and Special Relativity
21. Geometrical Optics
22. Wave Optics
23. Early Modern Physics
24. Atomic Physics
25. Nuclear Physics
26. Elementary Particles