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Principles & Practice of Physics, 2nd edition

  • Eric Mazur

Published by Pearson (May 16th 2020) - Copyright © 2021

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ISBN-13: 9780135610534

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For courses in introductory calculus-based physics.


For a strong, deep, and fundamentally simple understanding of physics

Eric Mazur’s groundbreaking Principles and Practice of Physics establishes an understanding of physics that is thorough and accessible. Mazur’s unique pedagogy and popular peer-to-peer instruction techniques incorporate insights supported by physics education research (PER) to help students develop a true conceptual understanding alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The material emphasizes core unifying ideas with the first half of each chapter teaching the ideas using words and images — not mathematics. The second half of each chapter casts the ideas into quantitative and symbolic form. 


The 2nd Edition integrates key features from the Practice volume into the Principles volume and provides all Practice volume content in Mastering Physics. The new edition provides new prelecture material that better prepares students to come to class ready to participate and supports instructors in building active and relevant lectures.

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Table of contents

1. Foundations

2. Motion in One Dimension

3. Acceleration

4. Momentum

5. Energy

6. Principle of Relativity

7. Interactions

8. Force

9. Work

10. Motion in a Plane

11. Motion in a Circle

12. Torque

13. Gravity

14. Special Relativity

15. Periodic Motion

16. Waves in One Dimension

17. Waves in Two and Three Dimensions

18. Fluids

19. Entropy

20. Energy Transferred Thermally

21. Degradation of Energy

22. Electric Interactions

23. The Electric Field

24. Gauss’s Law

25. Work and Energy in Electrostatics

26. Charge Separation and Storage

27. Magnetic Interactions

28. Magnetic Fields of Charged Particles in Motion

29. Changing Magnetic Fields

30. Changing Electric Fields

31. Electric Circuits

32. Electronics

33. Optics

34. Wave and Particle Optics

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