Conceptual Integrated Science, 3rd edition

Published by Pearson (January 30, 2019) © 2020

  • Paul G. Hewitt City College of San Francisco
  • Suzanne A Lyons California State University, Sacramento
  • John A. Suchocki St. Michael's College
  • Jennifer Yeh University of California, San Francisco


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For courses in integrated science and physical science.

Connect ideas across the sciences

Conceptual Integrated Science offers an engaging overview of physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy and biology at a level appropriate for non-science students. Hewitt's engaging narrative emphasizes unifying concepts across physical and life sciences in a clear, friendly writing style with fun, relevant examples.

The 3rd Edition expands on the theme of integration, deepening connections between the sciences with Integrated Science spreads. Updated Technology boxes feature modern references and contemporary applications add relevance to help students connect science with their everyday lives.

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  • Check Yourself questions and answers throughout the text help students gauge their level of comprehension as they read. Students can also interact with Check Yourself questions in the eText and access the hide/reveal questions and answers.
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  • 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 and updated features of this title

  • NEW & REVISED: Integrated Science sections, in every chapter and at the end of each part, show how foundational ideas in science connect the different sciences. Added visuals accompany this feature.
  • EXPANDED: Think Integrated Science questions at the end of each chapter tie more closely with the chapter content.
  • REVISED & UPDATED: Technology boxes present contemporary and relevant applications that connect science with students' everyday lives. New topics include Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9, Wind Power and Global Winds, and Thermal Windows and Glassware.
  • REVISED: FYI marginal notes provide a more applied focus with information relevant to today's students.

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  • Video tutorials include screencasts created by the authors to help students arrive in class prepared. These video lessons complement chapter material by giving students the context they need to read with greater understanding.

Features of Pearson eText for the 3rd Edition

  • Video tutorials include screencasts created by the authors to help students arrive in class prepared. These video lessons complement chapter material by giving students the context they need to read with greater understanding. In the eText, students can access and view by clicking on the video icon.
  • Check Yourself questions and answers throughout the text help students gauge their level of comprehension as they read. Students can also interact with Check Yourself questions in the eText and access the hide/reveal questions and answers.
  1. About Science


  1. Describing Motion
  2. Newton's Laws of Motion
  3. Momentum and Energy
  4. Gravity
  5. Heat
  6. Electricity and Magnetism
  7. Waves: Sound and Light


  1. Atoms and the Periodic Table
  2. The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
  3. Investigating Matter
  4. Chemical Bonds and Mixtures
  5. Chemical Reactions
  6. Organic Chemistry


  1. The Basic Unit of Life: The Cell
  2. Genetics
  3. The Evolution of Life
  4. Diversity of Life on Earth
  5. Human Biology I: Control and Development
  6. Human Biology II: Care and Maintenance
  7. Ecology


  1. Plate Tectonics: The Earth System
  2. Rocks and Minerals
  3. Earth's Surface: Land and Water
  4. Surface Processes
  5. Weather and Climate
  6. Environmental Geology


  1. The Solar System
  2. The Universe


  • On Measurement and Unit Conversion
  • Linear and Rotational Motion
  • More on Vectors
  • Exponential Growth and Doubling Time
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Chemical Equilibrium

About our authors

Paul G. Hewitt

Former silver-medal boxing champion, sign painter, uranium prospector, and soldier, Paul began college at the age of 27, with the help of the GI Bill. He pioneered the conceptual approach to teaching physics at the City College of San Francisco. He has taught as a guest teacher at various middle schools and high schools, the University of California at both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses, and the University of Hawaii at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. He also taught for 20 years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which honored him with its Outstanding Educator Award in 2000. He is the author of Conceptual Physics and a co-author of Conceptual Physical Science and Conceptual Physical Science Explorations (with John Suchocki and Leslie Hewitt Abrams).

Suzanne Lyons

Suzanne received her B.A. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her M.A. in education and her California teaching credential both from Stanford University. She earned another M.A. degree in Integrated Earth Sciences from California State University Sacramento. Suzanne was editor of Conceptual Physics and other books in the Conceptual series for 16 years and has authored 7 books on physics, hands-on science activities, and other topics in science and education. She has taught science and education courses to students of diverse ages and ability levels, from elementary school through college. She is always interested in developing new ways to teach and to that end, she founded the small business

John A. Suchocki

John is the author of Conceptual Chemistry and coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science. John obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacology. As a tenured professor at Leeward Community College his interests turned to science education, the development of distance learning programs, and student-centered learning curricula. Currently an adjunct professor at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, John also produces science multimedia through his company Conceptual Productions. His popular tutorial video lessons, as well as those of his coauthors, are freely available at

Jennifer Yeh

Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of Texas, Austin, for her work on frog skeleton evolution. She obtained her B.A. in physics and astronomy from Harvard University. Following her graduate work, Jennifer was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied the genetics of breast cancer. Jennifer has taught courses in physics, cell biology, human embryology, vertebrate anatomy, and ecology and evolution. She is the author of various scientific papers as well as the book Endangered Species: Must They Disappear? (Thomson/Gale, © 2002, 2004). Jennifer continues to work on a wide variety of introductory biology materials, including various online materials.

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