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

  • Randall D Knight

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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. 

Published by Pearson (June 30th 2021) - Copyright © 2022

ISBN-13: 9780137344826

Subject: Physics

Category: Calculus-Based Physics

Table of contents

Complete version: Chapters 1-42 includes 6 chapters of modern physics. This title is also available as 3 separate volumes:

  • Volume 1: Chapters 1-21
  • Volume 2: Chapters 22-36
  • Volume 3: Chapters 36-42

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

9. Work and Kinetic Energy
10. Interactions and Potential Energy
11. Impulse and Momentum

12. Rotation of a Rigid Body
13. Newton’s Theory of Gravity
14. Fluids and Elasticity

15. Oscillations
16. Traveling Waves
17. Superposition

18. A Macroscopic Description of Matter
19. Work, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
20. The Micro/Macro Connection
21. Heat Engines and Refrigerators

22. Electric Charges and Forces
23. The Electric Field
24. Gauss’s Law
25. The Electric Potential
26. Potential and Field
27. Current and Resistance
28. Fundamentals of Circuits
29. The Magnetic Field
30. Electromagnetic Induction
31. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
32. AC Circuits

33. Wave Optics
34. Ray Optics
35. Optical Instruments

36. Relativity
37. The Foundations of Modern Physics
38. Quantization
39. Wave Functions and Uncertainty
40. One-Dimensional Quantum Mechanics
41. Atomic Physics
42. Nuclear Physics


  1. Mathematics Review
  2. Periodic Table of Elements
  3. Atomic and Nuclear Data

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