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

  • Randall D Knight

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers incorporates Physics Education Research and best practices in cognitive science that encourage conceptual development, problem-solving skill acquisition and visualization. Author Randall Knight stresses qualitative reasoning through physics principles and the development of problem-solving skills using a systematic, scaffolded approach. This practical introduction to physics relates physics to your everyday life and includes models, modeling and advanced topics.

New content in the 5th Edition includes 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


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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