Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, Global Edition, 5th edition

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  • Randall D Knight California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo



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For courses in introductory calculus-based physics.

A research-driven approach to physics

Physics for Scientists and Engineers incorporates Physics Education Research and cognitive science best practices that encourage conceptual development, problem-solving skill acquisition, and visualization. Knight stresses qualitative reasoning through physics principles before formalizing physics mathematically, developing student problem-solving skills with a systematic, scaffolded approach. The text presents a finely tuned, practical introduction to physics with problems that relate physics to everyday life and includes models, modeling, and advanced topics.

With the 5th Edition, new and expanded media and assessments in Mastering and the Pearson eText provide fully integrated print and digital resources for both the active and traditional classroom. New content includes key topics such as Entropy quantitatively, Viscosity and Poiseuille's Equation, and Carnot Efficiency details.

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Build problem-solving skills and confidence

  • 4-step problem-solving approach shifts to Model/Visualize/Solve/Review, using a final step of "Review" rather than "Assess" to better reflect the content of the final step. This approach provides a framework throughout the book, using the 4-step framework with detailed problem-solving strategies for different topics and types of problems. Tactics Boxes give step-by-step procedures for developing specific skills (drawing free-body diagrams, using ray tracing, etc.).
  • Worked examples follow the 4-step strategy and include careful explanations of the underlying, and often unstated, reasoning with new examples that show how things work to relate physics to everyday life.

Promote a deeper and better-connected understanding

  • Enhanced Chapter Previews address the questions students are most likely to ask themselves while studying the material for the first time. Questions cover the important ideas, and provide a big-picture overview of the chapter's key principles.

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Teach your course your way

  • Ready-to-Go Study Tools in the Mastering Physics Study Area help students master the toughest topics (as identified by professors and fellow students completing homework and practicing for exams). Key Concept Videos, Interactive Worked Examples, and problem sets with answer-specific feedback are all-in-one and easy-to-navigate to keep students focused and give them the scaffolded support needed to succeed. Students can use Ready-to-Go Study Toolson their own, even when their professor doesn't assign the modules.
  • Pearson eText is an easy-to-use digital textbook available within Mastering. It lets students read, highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary* all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media* engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily customize the table of contents and share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class — motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.
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  • ENHANCED - 20% of Enhanced End-of-Chapter Questions plus 300 End-of-Chapter Questions are coded with wrong-answer specific feedback. Significantly revised end-of-chapter problem sets include more challenging problems that expand the range of physics and math skills students use to solve problems—and a new icon for calculus-based problems is included.
  • 10 Reading Questions per chapter, created by author Randall Knight, provide students with wrong-answer specific feedback and can be assigned in Mastering Physics. Questions check students' familiarity with key concepts, prompting them to do their assigned reading before class. Additional open-ended questions help students identify the topics they found most difficult and assist instructors with "just-in-time" teaching.
  • Book-specific Tutorials specific to each chapter of Physics for Scientists and Engineers are assignable in Mastering Physics.
  • Dynamic Study Modules are specific to Physics for Scientists and Engineers. The assignable modules pose a series of question sets about a course topic. The questions adapt to each student's performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. As a result, students build the confidence they need to deepen their understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better — in and out of class. Students can use their computer or the MyLab and Mastering app to access Dynamic Study Modules.

Empower learners

  • Interactive Prelecture Videos provide an introduction to key topics with embedded assessment to help students prepare before lecture and to help professors identify student misconceptions. Animated whiteboard prelecture videos specific to Physics for Scientists and Engineers are expanded to provide two semesters of content for instructors who teach an active classroom.
  • Lab Resources give you the ability to assign activities to help students prepare and succeed in the lab and are now available as a book source in the Mastering item library.
  • 25 Video Tutor Solutions (VTS) for Physics for Scientists and Engineers walk students through the problem-solving process, provide links to relevant content in the text, and can be accessed using embedded links in the eText. Select VTSs are provided as optional links in related end-of-chapter problems, available in the Study Area of Mastering Physics, and assignable in Mastering.

New and Updated Features

  • The Chapter 6 section on drag has been expanded to include drag in a viscous fluid (Stokes' law). The Reynolds number is introduced as an indicator of whether drag is primarily viscous or primarily inertial.
  • Chapter 14 on fluids now includes the flow of viscous fluids (Poiseuille's equation) and a discussion of turbulence.
  • An optional Advanced Topic section on coupled oscillations and normal modes has been added to Chapter 15.
  • Chapter 20 now includes an extensive quantitative section on entropy and its application.
  • A vector review has been added to Chapter 22, the first electricity chapter, and the worked examples make extra to remind students how to work with vectors.
  • Returning to vectors after not having used them extensively since mechanics is a stumbling block for many students.

PART I: Newton's Laws

  1. Concepts of Motion
  2. Kinematics in One Dimension
  3. Vectors and Coordinate Systems
  4. Kinematics in Two Dimensions
  5. Force and Motion
  6. Dynamics I: Motion Along a Line
  7. Newton's Third Law
  8. Dynamics II: Motion in a Plane

PART II: Conservation Laws

  1. Work and Kinetic Energy
  2. Interactions and Potential Energy
  3. Impulse and Momentum

PART III: Applications of Newtonian Mechanics

  1. Rotation of a Rigid Body
  2. Newton's Theory of Gravity
  3. Fluids and Elasticity

PART IV: Oscillations and Waves

  1. Oscillations
  2. Traveling Waves
  3. Superposition

PART V: Thermodynamics

  1. A Macroscopic Description of Matter
  2. Work, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  3. The Micro/Macro Connection
  4. Heat Engines and Refrigerators

PART VI: Electricity and Magnetism

  1. Electric Charges and Forces
  2. The Electric Field
  3. Gauss's Law
  4. The Electric Potential
  5. Potential and Field
  6. Current and Resistance
  7. Fundamentals of Circuits
  8. The Magnetic Field
  9. Electromagnetic Induction
  10. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  11. AC Circuits

PART VII: Optics

  1. Wave Optics
  2. Ray Optics
  3. Optical Instruments

PART VIII: Relativity and Quantum Physics

  1. Relativity
  2. The Foundations of Modern Physics
  3. Quantization
  4. Wave Functions and Uncertainty
  5. One-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics
  6. Atomic Physics
  7. Nuclear Physics
  • APPENDIX A Mathematics Review
  • APPENDIX B Periodic Table of Elements
  • APPENDIX C Atomic and Nuclear Data

Randy Knight taught introductory physics for thirty-two years at Ohio State University and California Polytechnic State University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Physics. Professor Knight received a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at Ohio State University. A growing awareness of the importance of research in physics education led first to Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach and later College Physics: A Strategic Approach. Professor Knight's research interests are in the fields of laser spectroscopy and environmental science. When he's not in front of a computer, you can find Randy hiking, traveling, playing the piano, or spending time with his wife Sally and their five cats.

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