- Series
- Pearson
- Author
- Richard Wolfson
- Publisher
- Pearson
- Edition
- 4
- Language
- English
- Pub.-date
- July 2020
- ISBN13
- 9781292351452
- ISBN
- 1292351454
- Related Titles

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Essential University Physics: Volume 1 & 2 pack, Global Edition |
9781292351452 Essential University Physics: Volume 1 & 2 pack, Global Edition |
134.00 |

*For two- and three-semester university physics courses.*

**Focus on the fundamentals and help students see connections between problem types**

Richard Wolfson’s ** Essential University Physics **is a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and relevant real-life applications in an affordable and streamlined text. The book teaches sound problem-solving strategies and emphasizes conceptual understanding, using features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies. Realizing students have changed a great deal over time while the fundamentals of physics have changed very little, Wolfson makes physics relevant and alive for students by sharing the latest physics applications in a succinct and captivating style.

The **4th Edition, Global Edition,** incorporates research from instructors, reviewers, and thousands of students to expand the book’s problem sets and consistent problem-solving strategy. A new problem type guides students to see patterns, make connections between problems that can be solved using similar steps, and apply those steps when working problems on homework and exams. New digital tools and the interactive Pearson eText increase student interactivity to help them develop confidence in solving problems, deepen their conceptual understanding, and strengthen quantitative-reasoning skills.

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· **Example Variation Problems** build in difficulty by changing scenarios, changing the knowns vs. unknowns, and adding complexity and a step of reasoning to provide the most helpful range of related problems that use the same basic approach to find their solutions. These scaffolded problem sets help students see patterns and make connections between problems that can be solved using similar steps and help them to be less surprised by variations on problems when exam time comes. Assignable in Mastering Physics.

**Guide student learning with clearly stated learning goals for each chapter**

· **Learning Outcomes** succinctly state goals for each chapter, identifying for students what they should be learning and aiding in metacognition.

· **Each end-of-chapter problem **is correlated with one or more learning outcomes.

· **Learning Outcomes Table **at the start of each end-of-chapter problem set relates problems and helps students target what they don’t know and prove what they do.

**Also available with Mastering Physics**

· **Quantitative Pre-lecture Videos **now complement the conceptual Interactive Pre-lecture Videos designed to expose students to concepts before class and help them learn how problems for a specific concept are worked.

· **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; they can also serve as open-ended questions to help develop problem-solving skills.

· **The Physics Primer **relies on videos, hints, and feedback to refresh students’ math skills in the context of physics and prepares them for success in the course. These tutorials can be assigned before the course begins or throughout the course as just-in-time remediation. They ensure students practice and maintain their math skills, while tying together mathematical operations and physics analysis.

Volume 1 contains Chapters 1—19

Volume 2 contains Chapters 20—39

1 Doing Physics

1.1 Realms of Physics

1.2 Measurements and Units

1.3 Working with Numbers

1.4 Strategies for Learning Physics

Part One

Mechanics

2 Motion in a Straight Line

2.1 Average Motion

2.2 Instantaneous Velocity

2.3 Acceleration

2.4 Constant Acceleration

2.5 The Acceleration of Gravity

2.6 When Acceleration Isn’t Constant

Chapter 3 Motion in Two and Three Dimensions

3.1 Vectors

3.2 Velocity and Acceleration Vectors

3.3 Relative Motion

3.4 Constant Acceleration

3.5 Projectile Motion

3.6 Uniform Circular Motion

4 Force and Motion

4.1 The Wrong Question

4.2 Newton’s First and Second Laws

4.3 Forces

4.4 The Force of Gravity

4.5 Using Newton’s Second Law

4.6 Newton’s Third Law

5 Using Newton’s Laws

5.1 Using Newton’s Second Law

5.2 Multiple Objects

5.3 Circular Motion

5.4 Friction

5.5 Drag Forces

6 Energy, Work, and Power

6.1 Energy

6.2 Work

6.3 Forces That Vary

6.4 Kinetic Energy

6.5 Power

7 Conservation of Energy

7.1 Conservative and Nonconservative Forces

7.2 Potential Energy

7.3 Conservation of Mechanical Energy

7.4 Nonconservative Forces

7.5 Conservation of Energy

7.6 Potential-Energy Curves

8 Gravity

8.1 Toward a Law of Gravity

8.2 Universal Gravitation

8.3 Orbital Motion

8.4 Gravitational Energy

8.5 The Gravitational Field

9 Systems of Particles

9.1 Center of Mass

9.2 Momentum

9.3 Kinetic Energy of a System

9.4 Collisions

9.5 Totally Inelastic Collisions

9.6 Elastic Collisions

10 Rotational Motion

10.1 Angular Velocity and Acceleration

10.2 Torque

10.3 Rotational Inertia and the Analog of Newton’s Law

10.4 Rotational Energy

10.5 Rolling Motion

11 Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum

11.1 Angular Velocity and Acceleration Vectors

11.2 Torque and the Vector Cross Product

11.3 Angular Momentum

11.4 Conservation of Angular Momentum

11.5 Gyroscopes and Precession

12 Static Equilibrium

12.1 Conditions for Equilibrium

12.2 Center of Gravity

12.3 Examples of Static Equilibrium

12.4 Stability

Part Two

Oscillations, Waves, and Fluids

13 Oscillatory Motion

13.1 Describing Oscillatory Motion

13.2 Simple Harmonic Motion

13.3 Applications of Simple Harmonic Motion

13.4 Circular Motion and Harmonic Motion

13.5 Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion

13.6 Damped Harmonic Motion

13.7 Driven Oscillations and Resonance

14 Wave Motion

14.1 Waves and Their Properties

14.2 Wave Math

14.3 Waves on a String

14.4 Wave Energy

14.54 Sound Waves

14.65 Interference

14.76 Reflection and Refraction

14.87 Standing Waves

14.98 The Doppler Effect and Shock Waves

15 Fluid Motion

15.1 Density and Pressure

15.2 Hydrostatic Equilibrium

15.3 Archimedes’ Principle and Buoyancy

15.4 Fluid Dynamics

15.5 Applications of Fluid Dynamics

15.6 Viscosity and Turbulence

Part Three

Thermodynamics

16 Temperature and Heat

16.1 Heat, Temperature, and Thermodynamic Equilibrium

16.2 Heat Capacity and Specific Heat

16.3 Heat Transfer

16.4 Thermal-Energy Balance

17 The Thermal Behavior of Matter

17.1 Gases

17.2 Phase Changes

17.3 Thermal Expansion

18 Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics

18.1 The First Law of Thermodynamics

18.2 Thermodynamic Processes

18.3 Specific Heats of an Ideal Gas

19 The Second Law of Thermodynamics

19.1 Reversibility and Irreversibility

19.2 The Second Law of Thermodynamics

19.3 Applications of the Second Law

19.4 Entropy and Energy Quality

Part Four

Electromagnetism

20 Electric Charge, Force, and Field

20.1 Electric Charge

20.2 Coulomb’s Law

20.3 The Electric Field

20.4 Fields of Charge Distributions

20.5 Matter in Electric Fields

21 Gauss’s Law

21.1 Electric Field Lines

21.2 Electric Field and Electric Flux

21.3 Gauss’s Law

21.4 Using Gauss’s Law

21.5 Fields of Arbitrary Charge Distributions

21.6 Gauss’s Law and Conductors

22 Electric Potential

22.1 Electric Potential Difference

22.2 Calculating Potential Difference

22.3 Potential Difference and the Electric Field

22.4 Charged Conductors

23 Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors

23.1 Electrostatic Energy

23.2 Capacitors

23.3 Using Capacitors

23.4 Energy in the Electric Field

24 Electric Current

24.1 Electric Current

24.2 Conduction Mechanisms

24.3 Resistance and Ohm’s Law

24.4 Electric Power

24.5 Electrical Safety

25 Electric Circuits

25.1 Circuits, Symbols, and Electromotive Force

25.2 Series and Parallel Resistors

25.3 Kirchhoff’s Laws and Multiloop Circuits

25.4 Electrical Measurements

25.5 Capacitors in Circuits

26 Magnetism: Force and Field

26.1 What Is Magnetism?

26.2 Magnetic Force and Field

26.3 Charged Particles in Magnetic Fields

26.4 The Magnetic Force on a Current

26.5 Origin of the Magnetic Field

26.6 Magnetic Dipoles

26.7 Magnetic Matter

26.8 Ampère’s Law

27 Electromagnetic Induction

27.1 Induced Currents

27.2 Faraday’s Law

27.3 Induction and Energy

27.4 Inductance

27.5 Magnetic Energy

27.6 Induced Electric Fields

28 Alternating-Current Circuits

28.1 Alternating Current

28.2 Circuit Elements in AC Circuits

28.3 LC Circuits

28.4 Driven RLC Circuits and Resonance

28.5 Power in AC Circuits

28.6 Transformers and Power Supplies

29 Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

29.1 The Four Laws of Electromagnetism

29.2 Ambiguity in Ampère’s Law

29.3 Maxwell’s Equations

29.4 Electromagnetic Waves

29.5 Properties of Electromagnetic Waves

29.6 The Electromagnetic Spectrum

29.7 Producing Electromagnetic Waves

29.8 Energy and Momentum in Electromagnetic Waves

Part Five

Optics

30 Reflection and Refraction

30.1 Reflection

30.2 Refraction

30.3 Total Internal Reflection

30.4 Dispersion

31 Images and Optical Instruments

31.1 Images with Mirrors

31.2 Images with Lenses

31.3 Refraction in Lenses: The Details

31.4 Optical Instruments

32 Interference and Diffraction

32.1 Coherence and Interference

32.2 Double-Slit Interference

32.3 Multiple-Slit Interference and Diffraction Gratings

32.4 Interferometry

32.5 Huygens’ Principle and Diffraction

32.6 The Diffraction Limit

Part Six

Modern Physics 648

33 Relativity

33.1 Speed *c* Relative to What?

33.2 Matter, Motion, and the Ether

33.3 Special Relativity

33.4 Space and Time in Relativity

33.5 Simultaneity Is Relative

33.6 The Lorentz Transformations

33.7 Energy and Momentum in Relativity

33.8 Electromagnetism and Relativity

33.9 General Relativity

34 Particles and Waves

34.1 Toward Quantum Theory

34.2 Blackbody Radiation

34.3 Photons

34.4 Atomic Spectra and the Bohr Atom

34.5 Matter Waves

34.6 The Uncertainty Principle

34.7 Complementarity

35 Quantum Mechanics

35.1 Particles, Waves, and Probability

35.2 The Schrödinger Equation

35.3 Particles and Potentials

35.4 Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions

35.5 Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

36 Atomic Physics

36.1 The Hydrogen Atom

36.2 Electron Spin

36.3 The Exclusion Principle

36.4 Multielectron Atoms and the Periodic Table

36.5 Transitions and Atomic Spectra

37 Molecules and Solids

37.1 Molecular Bonding

37.2 Molecular Energy Levels

37.3 Solids

37.4 Superconductivity

38 Nuclear Physics

38.1 Elements, Isotopes, and Nuclear Structure

38.2 Radioactivity

38.3 Binding Energy and Nucleosynthesis

38.4 Nuclear Fission

38.5 Nuclear Fusion

39 From Quarks to the Cosmos

39.1 Particles and Forces

39.2 Particles and More Particles

39.3 Quarks and the Standard Model

39.4 Unification

39.5 The Evolving Universe

Appendices

Appendix A Mathematics

Appendix B The International System of Units (SI)

Appendix C Conversion Factors

Appendix D The Elements

Appendix E Astrophysical Data

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems