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Serway, Raymond A. :
Raymond A. Serway received his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 1990, he received the Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and of the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Muller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, Sam Marshall. Dr. Serway is also the author of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, 3rd edition and co-author OF PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, 5th edition, MODERN PHYSICS, 2nd edition, and (with Dr. Faughn) the high-school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, golfing, and spending quality time with their four children and four grandchildren.
Faughn, Jerry A. :
Jerry S. Faughn earned his doctorate at the University of Mississippi. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Faughn has also written a microprocessor interfacing text for upper-division physics students. He is co-author of a non-mathematical physics text and a physical science text for general education students, and (with Dr. Serway) the high-school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. He has taught courses ranging from the lower division to the graduate level, but his primary interest is in students just beginning to learn physics. He has been director of a number of NSF and state grants, many of which were devoted to the improvement of physics education. He believes that there is no greater calling than to be a teacher and an interpreter of physics for others. Dr. Faughn has a wide variety of hobbies, among which are reading, travel, genealogy, and old-time radio. His wife Mary Ann is an avid gardener, and he contributes to her efforts by staying out of the way. His daughter Laura is in family practice and his son David is an attorney.
"I find Serway and Faughn reads the best for students and looks( no kidding, it's important) the best. I like the Quick Quizzes. When I taught this course with previous editions, I almost never used any Conceptual questions because of the difficulty for the students to get much feedback. This was mainly because of the large class size, the wide variation of student ability, and the lack of answers for the students. With the answers to these questions in the back, that changes my position on this."
--Edward Oberhofer, Lake Sumter Community College
"Overall, I like the book. It is colorful, rich, mature, and reliable. There are a wide variety of resources available to the students."
--Eric Ganz, University of Minnesota
"I was very happy to find both Newton's Law of Gravitation, and the formula for the period of a simple pendulum, both appearing in this chapter. By and large, I think the presentation in this book of the notions of velocity and acceleration to be quite successful."
--Bernard Whiting, University of Florida
"Your book gives great examples. Would offer no changes to that! The organization of SandF reflects the fact that the authors are (of necessity) physicists; what I mean by this is that the order in which mechanics is presented reflects the way a physicist would think My opinion remains the same; it is one of the best textbooks at this level."
--Scott Payson, Wayne State University
"The treatment of friction is excellent."
--Michael Dennin, University of California, Irvine
"Serway and Faughn is a solid dependable general physics text. The level is a good fit for our students. There are several good physics texts available at this time, but for our course and our students, Serway and Faughn is the best of the group. The level is right. The breadth of coverage is good--not too encyclopedic so we don't have to leave out a high percentage of material. The illustrations are uniformly excellent, which is a major consideration for me."
--Lattie F. Collins, East Tennessee State University
"For me its most attractive features are the photographs of the physics experiments included in the book and the biographies of important physicists whose contributions appear in the book."
--Ivan Kramer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"We currently use Serway and Faughn, and I think that the new edition will just improve the book's position for our courses. I think the book's greatest asset is the style of the writing, most of the students find it understandable and at their level. The examples are good for the easy, plug-and-chug, one step problems and often help a lot in the intermediate level."
--Grant Hart, Brigham Young University
"I have been pleased with SandF. I especially like the fact that it has a calculus based sister text. Immediately after starting at Samford, I convinced my chair to switch to Serway and Beichner for that reason. Your improvements in the 5th edition were useful, and it sounds like you will make another powerful improvement with this edition."
--Perry Tompkins, Samford University
Submitted By Publisher, December, 2002
Part I: MECHANICS
Standards of Length, Mass, and Time
The Building Blocks of Matter
Uncertainty in Measurement and Significant Figures
Conversion of Units
2. Motion in One Dimension
One-Dimensional Motion With Constant Acceleration
Freely Falling Objects
3. Vectors and Two-Dimensional Motion
Vectors and Scalars Revisited
Some Properties of Vectors
Components of a Vector
Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration in Two Dimensions
4. The Laws of Motion
The Concept of Force
Newton's First Law
Newton's Second Law
Newton's Third Law
Some Applications of Newton's Laws
Forces of Friction
Kinetic Energy and the Work-Kinetic Energy Theorem
Conservative and Non-conservative Forces
Conservation of Mechanical Energy
Nonconservative Forces and Conservation of Energy
Work Done by a Varying Force
6. Momentum and Collisions
Momentum and Impulse
Conservation of Momentum
7. Circular Motion and the Law of Gravity
Angular Speed and Angular Acceleration
Rotational Motion Under Constant Angular Acceleration
Relations Between Angular and Linear Quantities
Forces Causing Centripetal Acceleration
Describing Forces in Accelerated Reference Frames
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
Gravitational Potential Energy Revisited
The Vector Nature of Angular Quantities
8. Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics
Torque and the Second Condition for Equilibrium
The Center of Gravity
Examples of Objects in Equilibrium
Relationship Between Torque and Angular Acceleration
Rotational Kinetic Energy
9. Solids and Fluids
States of Matter
The Deformation of Solids
Density and Pressure
Variation of Pressure with Depth
Buoyant Forces and Archimedes's Principle
Fluids in Motion
Other Applications of Fluid Dynamics
Surface Tension, Capillary Action, and Viscous Fluid Flow
Part II: THERMODYNAMICS
10. Thermal Physics
Temperature and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
Thermometers and Temperature Scales
Thermal Expansion of Solids and Liquids
Macroscopic Description of an Ideal Gas
Avogadro's Number and the Ideal Gas
The Kinetic Theory of Gases
11. Energy in Thermal Processes
Heat and Internal Energy
Latent Heat and Phase Change
Energy Transfer by Thermal Conduction
Energy Transfer by Convection
Energy Transfer by Radiation
Hindering Energy Transfer
Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases
12. The Law of Thermodynamics
Work in Thermodynamic Processes
The First Law of Thermodynamics
The First Law and Human Metabolism
Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Reversible and Irreversible Processes
The Carnot Engine
Entropy and Disorder
Part III: VIBRATIONS AND WAVES
13. Vibrations and Waves
Elastic Potential Energy
Velocity as a Function of Position
Comparing Simple Harmonic Motion with Uniform Circular Motion
Position, Velocity, and Acceleration as a Function of Time
Motion of a Pendulum
Types of Waves
Frequency, Amplitude, and Wavelength
The Speed of Waves on Strings
Interference of Waves
Reflection of Waves
Producing a Sound Wave
Characteristics of Sound Waves
The Speed of Sound
Energy and Intensity of Sound Waves
Spherical and Plane Waves
The Doppler Effect
Interference of Sound Waves
Forced Vibrations and Resonance
Standing Waves in Air Columns
Quality of Sound
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