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Practice makes perfect: Guided practice helps students develop into expert problem solvers
The new 15th Edition of University Physics with Modern Physics, now in SI Units, draws on insights from several users to help students see patterns and make connections between problem types. Students learn to recognize when to use similar steps in solving the same problem type and develop an understanding for problem solving approaches, rather than simply plugging values into an equation.
This edition addresses students’ tendency to focus on the objects and situations posed in a problem, rather than recognizing the underlying principle or the problem type. New Key Concept statements identify the main idea used in examples to help students recognize the underlying concepts and strategy. New Key Example Variation Problems within new Guided Practice sections group problems by type so students recognize when problems can be solved in similar ways, regardless of wording or numbers.
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- Example Variation Problems in the new Guided Practice section are based on worked examples. They build in difficulty by changing scenarios, swapping knowns and unknowns, and adding complexity to provide a wide range of related problems that use the same basic approach to solve.
- Key Concept statements appear at the end of every example, providing a summary of the key idea used in the solution to consolidate what was most important and what can be broadly applied to other problems.
- A research-based problem-solving approach (Identify, Set Up, Execute, Evaluate) teaches students to tackle problems thoughtfully rather than cutting straight to the math. This approach is consistently used not just in every example but also in the Problem-Solving
- Challenge problems significantly stretch students by requiring sophisticated reasoning, often involving multiple steps or concepts. They are the most difficult problems in each chapter and often involve calculus and the exploration of a topic or application not explicitly covered in the chapter.
- Cumulative problems promote advanced problem-solving techniques by covering knowledge and skills from previous chapters to be integrated with understanding from the current chapter.
- Bridging Problems follow the Key Example Variation Problems and help students move from single-concept worked examples to multi-concept homework problems.
- Learning Outcomes for each section are provided at the start of each chapter to prepare students for the ideas they will explore. Also listed are sections in previous chapters that are important in the upcoming material, helping students connect ideas and build on prior understanding.
- Test Your Understanding questions at the end of most sections let students check their grasp of the material and use a multiple-choice or ranking-task format to probe for common misconceptions. The answers to these questions are now provided immediately after the question in order to encourage students to try them.
- Annotated equations illustrate key equations to help students make the connection between a conceptual and a mathematical understanding of physics.
- Caution paragraphs focus on typical misconceptions and student problem areas.
New to this Edition
Give students the problem-solving tools they want, based on input from thousands of students
- Key Example Variation Problems in the new Guided Practice section are based on selected worked examples. They build in difficulty by changing scenarios, swapping the knowns vs. unknowns, and adding complexity and/or steps of reasoning to provide the most helpful range of related problems that use the same basic approach to solve. These scaffolded problem sets help students see patterns and make connections between problems that can be solved using the same underlying principles and strategies so that they are more able to tackle different problem types when exam time comes. Assignable in Pearson Mastering Physics.
- Worked example “Key Concept” statements appear at the end of every example and conceptual example, providing a brief summary of the key idea used in the solution to consolidate what was most important and what can be broadly applied to other problems.
- Reinforce problem-solving skills with enhanced End-of-Chapter problem sets
- Expanded - Challenge problems significantly stretch students by requiring sophisticated reasoning that often involves multiple steps or concepts and/or mathematical skills. They are the most difficult problems in each chapter and often involve calculus, multiple steps that lead students through a complex analysis, and/or the exploration of a topic or application not explicitly covered in the chapter.
- Estimation problems help students learn to analyze problem scenarios, assess data, and work with orders of magnitude. By requiring students to not only estimate some of the data in the problem but also decide what data needs to be estimated based on real-world experience, reasoning, assumptions and/or modeling, this problem type engages students to more thoroughly explore the situation.
- Expanded - Cumulative problems promote more advanced problem-solving techniques by requiring knowledge and skills covered in previous chapters to be integrated with understanding and skills from the current chapter.
Build conceptual understanding
- Expanded - Caution paragraphs focus on typical misconceptions and student problem areas. Over a dozen more have been added based on common errors made in Pearson Mastering Physics.
Also available with Pearson Mastering Physics
- Alternate problem sets provide additional problem-solving practice and offer instructors more options when creating assignments with hundreds of new questions and problemsplus new end-of-chapter problems.
- Direct Measurement Videos are short videos that show real situations of physical phenomena. Grids, rulers, and frame counters appear as overlays, helping students to make precise measurements of quantities such as position and time. Students then apply these quantities along with physics concepts to solve problems and answer questions about the motion of the objects in the video. The problems are assignable in Mastering and can be used to replace or supplement traditional word problems, and they can serve as open-ended questions to help develop problem-solving skills.
- Enhanced End-of-Chapter Questions provide expanded remediation built into each question when and where students need it. Remediation includes scaffolded support, links to hints, links to appropriate sections of the eText, links from the eText to Pearson Mastering Physics, Video Tutor Solutions, math remediation, and wrong-answer feedback for homework assignments.
- Key Example Variation Problems build in difficulty by changing scenarios, swapping the knowns vs. unknowns, and adding complexity and/or steps of reasoning to provide the most helpful range of related problems that use the same basic approach to f
Table of Contents
- 1. Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors
- 2. Motion Along a Straight Line
- 3. Motion in Two or Three Dimensions
- 4. Newton’s Laws of Motion
- 5. Applying Newton’s Laws
- 6. Work and Kinetic Energy
- 7. Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
- 8. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
- 9. Rotation of Rigid Bodies
- 10. Dynamics of Rotational Motion
- 11. Equilibrium and Elasticity
- 12. Fluid Mechanics
- 13. Gravitation
- 14. Periodic Motion
- 15. Mechanical Waves
- 16. Sound and Hearing
- 17. Temperature and Heat
- 18. Thermal Properties of Matter
- 19. The First Law of Thermodynamics
- 20. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
- 21. Electric Charge and Electric Field
- 22. Gauss’s Law
- 23. Electric Potential
- 24. Capacitance and Dielectrics
- 25. Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force
- 26. Direct-Current Circuits
- 27. Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces
- 28. Sources of Magnetic Field
- 29. Electromagnetic Induction
- 30. Inductance
- 31. Alternating Current
- 32. Electromagnetic Waves
- 33. The Nature and Propagation of Light
- 34. Geometric Optics
- 35. Interference
- 36. Diffraction
- MODERN PHYSICS
- 37. Relativity
- 38. Photons: Light Waves Behaving as Particles
- 39. Particles Behaving as Waves
- 40. Quantum Mechanics I: Wave Functions
- 41. Quantum Mechanics II: Atomic Structure
- 42. Molecules and Condensed Matter
- 43. Nuclear Physics
- 44. Particle Physics and Cosmology