Student Pocket Companion, 6th Edition
For algebra-based introductory physics.
This best-selling algebra-based physics text is known for its elegant writing, engaging biological applications, and exactness. Physics: Principles with Applications, Sixth Edition with MasteringPhysics™ retains the careful exposition and precision of previous editions with many interesting new applications and carefully crafted new pedagogy. It was written to give students the basic concepts of physics in a manner that is accessible and clear. The goal is for students to view the world through eyes that know physics. The new edition also features MasteringPhysics and an unparalleled suite of media and on-line resources to enhance the physics classroom.
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Conceptual Understanding and Problem-Solving
- Worked Examples have all been rewritten to include Approach and Note steps. “Approach” steps help students understand the reasoning behind the method used to solve the problem and answer their questions of "how/where do I start?" “Note” sections sometimes remarks on the solution itself, mentions an application, or gives an alternate approach to solving the problem. (p. 77, 83)
- Free-body diagrams are emphasized with 2 ½ pages reserved for the description, practice and implementation of this important skill. (p. 84-86)
- Problem Solving Boxes are found throughout the book (see p.xiii for a list of them). Each box outlines a step-by-step approach to get students thinking about and involved in the problem at hand. (p. 85, 96)
- Step-by-Step examples appear after most Problem Solving boxes. The next Example is done step-by-step following the steps of the preceding Problem Solving box to show students how this tool can be used. (p. 86, Ex. 4-11)
- Conceptual examples are brief Socratic questions intended to stimulate student response before reading the response given. (p. 79, 80, 85, 89, 92)
- Estimating examples develop skills for making order-of-magnitude estimates, even when data is scarce, or when you might never have guessed any result was possible. (p. 76, 110, 119)
Textbook as a Tool
- Page Layout and formatting was a key focus of this revision, even more than in the previous edition. Great effort was made to keep important derivations and arguments on facing pages so students do not have to flip pages to continue derivations or locate key figures referenced in the text.
- Vector arrows over bold face letters denoting a vector, in text and in art provide consistency with the way students write them in homework and professors write them on the board. (79, 80-83)
- Caution margin notes warns students of common misconceptions. (p. 75, 78, 81)
- Exercises within the chapter give students a chance to check their understanding before they proceed to other topics. Answers are given at the end of each chapter. (p. 80, 93)
- Applications show students how useful physics is in their own lives and future professions: biology and medicine, as well as architecture, other fields, and everyday life. Applications are interesting in themselves, plus they answer the students' question, "Why must I study physics?" (p. 88, 94 - A complete list is found on pages xii and xiii)
- Clicker Questions (located on the Instructor's Resource Center on CD-ROM) are mulitiple-choice questions that challenge students to immediately apply certain material and develop critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Questions are grouped and usually ordered by level of difficulty or other pedagogical device. This allows students to "climb the mountain slowly" when a difficult concept is being practiced.
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New to This Edition
- An “Approach” Step added to each worked Example helps students understand the reasoning behind the method used to solve the problem and answer their questions of "how/where do I start?" (p. 77, 83)
- “Note” Sections have been added to most Examples after the Solution. These sections sometimes remark on the solution itself, mention an application, or give an alternate approach to solving the problem. (p. 77, 83)
- Exercises within the text give students a chance to check their understanding through practice before they proceed to other topics. Answers are given at the end of each chapter. (p. 80, 93)
- Caution margin notes warn students of common misconceptions. (p. 75, 78, 81)
- Many new applications include: digital cameras, charge coupled devices (CCD); Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD); photocopy machines; inkjet and laser printers; world's tallest peaks (unit conversion); airport metal detectors; underwater vision; SEER rating; jump starting a car; RC circuits in pacemakers, turn signals; wipers; and digital voltmeters. A complete list of the applications follows the Table of Contents on pages xii and xiii. (p. 88, 94 - A complete list is found on pages xii and xiii)
- Vector arrows over bold face letters denoting a vector, in text and in art provide consistency with the way students write them in homework and professors write them on the board. (p. 79, 80-83)
- Step-by-Step Worked-out Examples immediately follow many Problem Solving boxes (which summarizes how to approach problem-solving situations). The very next worked Example follows the steps of the Problem Solving box explicitly. (p. 86, Ex. 4-11)
- Additional Subsections break up the material into smaller bites, making it easier to understand.
- Additional Examples have been added where topics required further clarification. A subhead "Additional Example(s)" provides a variety of Examples for future reference without overwhelming the student. (p. 83, 88, 92)
Table of Contents
(NOTE: also available in Split Volumes: Volume I contains Chs. 1-15; and Volume II contains Chs. 16-33.)
2. Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension
3. Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors
4. Motion and Force: Dynamics
5. Circular Motion; Gravitation
6. Work and Energy
7. Linear Momentum
8. Rotational Motion
9. Bodies in Equilibrium; Elasticity and Fracture
11. Vibrations and Waves
13. Temperature and Kinetic Theory
15. The Laws of Thermodynamics
16. Electric Charge and Electric Field
17. Electric Potential and Electric Energy; Capacitance
18. Electric Currents
19. DC Circuits
21. Electromagnetic Induction and Faraday's Law; AC Circuits
22. Electromagnetic Waves
23. Light: Geometric Optics
24. The Wave Nature of Light
25. Optical Instruments
26. Special Theory of Relativity
27. Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom
28. Quantum Mechanics of Atoms
29. Molecules and Solids
30. Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity
31. Nuclear Energy; Effects and Uses of Radiation
32. Elementary Particles
33. Astrophysics and Cosmology
Appendix A: Mathematical Review
Appendix B: Dimensional Analysis
Appendix C: Rotating Frames of Reference; Inertial Forces; Coriolis Effect
Appendix D: Gauss's Law
Appendix E: Galilean and Lorentz Transformations
Appendix F: Selected Isotopes
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems
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About the Author(s)
Douglas C. Giancoli obtained his BA in physics (summa cum laude) from the University of California, Berkeley, his MS in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD in elementary particle physics at the University of California, 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 Segré and Donald Glaser.
He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, traditional as well as innovative ones, and continues to update his texbooks 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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