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Physics, Books a la Carte Edition, 5th edition

  • James S. Walker

Published by Pearson (June 25th 2020) - Copyright © 2017

5th edition

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Intended for algebra-based introductory physics courses.

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An accessible, problem-solving approach to physics, grounded in real-world applications

James Walker’s Physics provides students with a solid conceptual understanding of physics that can be expressed quantitatively and applied to the world around them. Instructors and students praise Walker’s Physics for its friendly voice, the author’s talent for making complex concepts understandable, an inviting art program, and the range of excellent homework problems and example-types that provide guidance with problem solving. The Fifth Edition includes new “just-in-time” learning aids such as “Big Ideas” to quickly orient students to the overarching principles of each chapter, new Real-World Physics and Biological applications, and a wealth of problem-solving support features to coach students through the process of applying logic and reasoning to problem solving.The Fifth Edition is accompanied by MasteringPhysics, the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system. 


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Table of contents

Applications in the Text             

Preface: To the Instructor        

Preface: To the Student             

Guide to Features of the Text

1. Introduction to Physics 


2. One-Dimensional Kinematics

3. Vectors in Physics  

4. Two-Dimensional Kinematics

5. Newton’s Laws of Motion

6. Applications of Newton’s Laws 

7. Work and Kinetic Energy

8. Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy 

9. Linear Momentum and Collisions       

10. Rotational Kinematics and Energy             

11. Rotational Dynamics and Static Equilibrium      

12. Gravity            

13. Oscillations About Equilibrium           

14. Waves and Sound               

15. Fluids         


16. Temperature and Heat      

17. Phases and Phase Changes               

18. The Laws of Thermodynamics            


19. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields          

20. Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy 

21. Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits       

22. Magnetism                  

23. Magnetic Flux and Faraday’s Law of Induction           

24. Alternating-Current Circuits                


25. Electromagnetic Waves

26. Geometrical Optics

27. Optical Instruments

28. Physical Optics: Interference and Diffraction


29. Relativity

30. Quantum Physics

31. Atomic Physics

32. Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Radiation


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