Elegant, engaging, exacting, and concise, Giancoli’s Physics: Principles with Applications with MasteringPhysics®, Seventh Edition, helps students view the world through eyes that know physics.
Giancoli’s text is a trusted classic, known for its elegant writing, clear presentation, and quality of content. Starting with concrete observations and experiences students can relate to, the text then moves on to the great generalizations of physics. This approach demonstrates why we believe what we believe and reflects the way science is practiced.
Written with the goal of giving students a thorough understanding of all of the basic concepts of physics, the text uses interesting applications to biology, medicine, architecture, and digital technology to show students how useful physics is in their own everyday lives and in their future professions.
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Engaging applications and elegant writing show the relevance of physics.
- Concrete applications, observations, and experiences that students can relate to demonstrate how useful physics is in everyday life as well as in professions such as biology, medicine, and architecture.
- Physics Applied margin notes highlight the varied and frequent applications in the text. The writing style is concise and elegant, using an economy of words to describe physics accurately and precisely.
Proven pedagogy guides students through common misconceptions to teach important problem solving skills.
- NEW! Chapter-Opening Questions, at the start of each chapter, help identify preconceived notions that students might have before they read the chapter.
- NEW! MisConceptual Questions are multiple-choice questions, at the end of each chapter, that address common student misconceptions.
- NEW! Search and Learn Problems at the end of each chapter encourage students to reread part of the text.
- Worked Examples include consistent problem solving strategies with Approach, Solution, and Note steps.
- Problem Solving Strategies throughout the book outline step-by-step approaches to get students to think about the problem at hand and develop consistent problem-solving skills.
- Conceptual Examples feature brief Socratic questions intended to stimulate students to respond before they read the Response given.
- Estimate Examples develop skills for making order-of-magnitude estimates.
- Problem Solving margin notes offer problem solving hints where needed most.
- MasteringPhysics from Pearson is a powerful, yet simple, online homework, tutorial, and assessment system designed to improve student learning and results. Students benefit from specific wrong-answer feedback, hints, and a huge variety of educationally effective content while unrivaled gradebook diagnostics allow instructors to pinpoint the weaknesses and misconceptions of their class.
New to This Edition
Improved and Updated Pedagogy
- MisConceptual (Multiple-choice) Questions now appear at the end of each chapter. Answer options for these questions include common student misconceptions, providing both a learning and a testing experience.
- Search and Learn Problems are at the very end of each Chapter, after the other Problems. Ranging from simple to challenging, Search and Learn Problems compel students to reread part of the chapter. This search for answers provides opportunities to reinforce fundamental concepts.
- Chapter-Opening Questions (COQs) start each chapter as a sort of “stimulant.” Each is multiple-choice, with responses including common misconceptions—to get preconceived notions on the table. Where the related topics is covered in the chapter, an Exercise asks students to return to the COQ and reconsider it.
- Modified examples include more math steps that are spelled out, and many new Examples have been added. About 10% of all Examples are Estimate Examples.
- Improved page layout has been achieved for every page of the book. Important derivations and Examples are on facing pages.
Updated Content and Applications
- Language has been streamlined throughout and edited for greater clarity. Specifically, essentials appear first; elaborations follow.
- Coverage of digital technology has been significantly updated throughout to emphasize the role of physics in modern life. To help students understand the physics behind contemporary technology, the Seventh Edition explains:
- The basis of digital in bits and bytes; how analog gets transformed into digital sampling rate; bit depth, quantization error, compression, and noise
- How digital TV works, including how each pixel is addressed for each frame; data stream, refresh rate
- Semiconductor computer memory, DRAM, and Flash
- Digital cameras and sensors—revised and expanded
- New semiconductor physics, some of which is used in digital devices, including LEDs and OLEDs—how they work and what their uses are, plus more on transistors (MOSFETs), chips, and technology generation, as in 22-nm technology
- New topics, new applications, and principal revisions include:
- You can measure the Earth’s radius
- Improved graphical analysis of linear motion
- The Moon’s orbit around the Earth: its phases and periods, with a diagram
- Planets (how they were first seen); heliocentric and geocentric models
- Explanation of the change in a lake's level when a large rock is thrown from a boat
- Colors as seen under water
- Soap bubble sequence of colors explained
- Solar sails
- Biology and medicine, including: Blood measurements (blood flow, blood sugar); use of trees to help offset CO2 buildup; pulse oximeter; proton therapy; calculation of radon exposure; the brain and cell phone use; and PET, SPECT, MRI
- Lots on sports
- Flat screen TVs
- Free-electron theory of metals, Fermi gas, Fermi level
- Semiconductor devices—new details on diodes, LEDs, OLEDs, solar cells, compound semiconductors, diode lasers, MOSFET transistors, chips, 22-nm technology
- NEW! Video Tutor Demonstrations feature “pause-and-predict” demonstrations of key physics concepts and incorporate assessment as the student progresses to engage them actively in understanding the key conceptual ideas underlying the physics principles.
- NEW! Prelecture Concept Questions encourage students to read the textbook prior to lecture. These quizzes help your students stay on track and be more engaged in lectures.
- NEW! PhET Tutorials prompt students to engage with the renowned PhET simulations and test students’ conceptual understanding. PhET Simulations are interactive tools that help students make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying physics. 76 PhET simulations are also provided in the Study Area of MasteringPhysics and in the Pearson eText.
- NEW! Math Remediation found within selected tutorials provides just-in-time math help and allows students to brush up on the most important mathematical concepts needed to complete assignments successfully. This new feature links students directly to math review and practice, helping students make the connection between math and physics.
- NEW! Choose from a set of pre-built courses and assignments to use as a starting point for your own course. Pre-built Courses feature actual courses that authors and contributing professors have used with success on their own campuses. Pre-built Assignments follow best-practice guidelines for length and difficulty level and include a mixture of Tutorials and End-of-Chapter questions using a variety of problem types.
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- Add your own or use the publisher-provided learning outcomes to track student performance and report it to your administration.
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Table of Contents
- Introduction, Measurement, Estimating
- Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension
- Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors
- Dynamics: Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Circular Motion; Gravitation
- Work and Energy
- Linear Momentum
- Rotational Motion
- Static Equilibrium; Elasticity and Fracture
- Oscillations and Waves
- Temperature and Kinetic Theory
- The Laws of Thermodynamics
- Electric Charge and Electric Field
- Electric Potential
- Electric Currents
- DC Circuits
- Electromagnetic Induction and Faraday’s Law
- Electromagnetic Waves
- Light: Geometric Optics
- The Wave Nature of Light
- Optical Instruments
- The Special Theory of Relativity
- Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom
- Quantum Mechanics of Atoms
- Molecules and Solids
- Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity
- Nuclear Energy; Effects and Uses of Radiation
- Elementary Particles
- Astrophysics and Cosmology
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About the Author(s)
Douglas C. Giancoli obtained his BA in physics (summa cum laude) from UC Berkeley, his MS in physics at MIT, and his PhD in elementary particle physics back at the UC Berkeley. He spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley’s Virus lab developing skills in molecular biology and biophysics. His mentors include Nobel winners Emilio Segrè and Donald Glaser.
He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, traditional as well as innovative ones, and continues to update his textbooks meticulously, seeking ways to better provide an understanding of physics for students.
Doug’s favorite spare-time activity is the outdoors, especially climbing peaks. He says climbing peaks is like learning physics: it takes effort and the rewards are great.
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