Practice of Physics (Chapters 1-34), Global Edition
©2015 |Pearson | Available
Eric Mazur, Harvard University
©2015 |Pearson | Available
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New learning architecture
Physics on a contemporary foundation
The book is structured to help students learn physics in an organized way that encourages comprehension and reduces distraction.
- The separation of the Principles and Practice volumes addresses students' tendency to focus on shallow problem solving at the expense of understanding. The Principles volume teaches the physics; the Practice volume teaches the skills needed to apply physics to the task of solving problems. For example, Principles includes simple worked examples aimed at promoting understanding; Practice contains complex worked examples, problem sets, and related features.
- The division of each Principles chapter into a Concepts section and a Quantitative Tools section helps students to build a robust understanding of the material instead of focusing too quickly on equations. The Concepts section develops the ideas in qualitative terms, using words and pictures and building from specific observations to general principles. The Quantitative Tools section formalizes the ideas mathematically.
- The core ideas of mechanics are developed in one dimension, helping students to concentrate on learning them before tackling the mathematical complexities of two-dimensional analysis. Chapter 10, "Motion in a Plane," introduces the second dimension.
Traditional texts take a somewhat 19th-century approach to physics, delaying the introduction of ideas that we now see as unifying and foundational. This text builds physics on those unifying foundations, helping students to develop an understanding that is stronger, deeper, and fundamentally simpler.
- Conservation laws. The conservation laws are the backbone of contemporary physics. This text develops conservation of momentum and energy before Newton's laws, and it emphasizes symmetry, conservation, and unity throughout. In mechanics, this approach avoids many of the pitfalls related to the concept of force, leads naturally to the two-body character of forces, and enables students to solve a range of problems before bringing in calculus.
- Concept of a system. Many ideas in physics depend on distinguishing system from surroundings, and selecting an appropriate system is a key skill for solving many types of problems. This text uses the idea of a system explicitly and consistently.
- Relativity. Both Galilean and special relativity help to explain many ideas of physics. This text introduces reference frames in Chapter 6, and it covers special relativity in Chapter 14, rather than at the end of the second semester.
- Statistical treatment of thermodynamics. The traditional, 19th-century approach to thermodynamics is intensely confusing to students. This text builds thermodynamics on a more logical and coherent foundation, starting with an accessible treatment of the statistical basis for entropy.
In addition to the large-scale features listed above (all of which are based in research), this text uses a range of other research-based instructional techniques.
- Strong connection to experiment and experience. As much as possible, this text develops ideas from experimental observations–often ones the student can make. In working out the physical reasoning that leads from observations to principles, the text often reads like a dialog between author and reader. This approach is very different from the traditional one in which definitions and principles are stated ex cathedra and then backed up with derivations and examples.
- Strong visual instruction. The figures in the Principles volume are designed as visual explanations, presenting ideas in visual terms and collaborating actively with the text. In accordance with research on visual instruction, they incorporate explanation, and they are also quite schematic, highlighting key relationships and omitting unnecessary detail. For instance, figures that do not need a third dimension do not use one. Many figures show multiple representations–combining a situation sketch with a graph or bar diagram, for instance.
- Integrated student engagement. While most texts include "self-check" features of one type or another, this text integrates them closely into the learning program. The Checkpoint questions in the Principles chapters often serve as the springboard for the next phase of the discussion. Each Concepts section ends with a Self Quiz that lets students test their understanding of the material before proceeding. In Practice, each fully solved Worked Problem is followed by a Guided Problem that has a list of questions and suggestions in place of a full solution. Practice also contains a feature called Developing a Feel that helps students to develop a quantitative feel for the quantities introduced in the chapter and to learn to make valid assumptions and estimates.
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Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. As an internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.
Eric Mazur is author or co-author of over 250 scientific publications and holds two dozen patents. He has also written on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006, he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. He is the founder of Learning Catalytics, a platform for promoting interactive learning in the classroom, which is available in MasteringPhysics®.
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