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Physics : Algebra and Trigonometry / With CD-ROM

Physics : Algebra and Trigonometry / With CD-ROM - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534377298

Cover of Physics : Algebra and Trigonometry / With CD-ROM 3RD 03 (ISBN 978-0534377298)
ISBN13: 978-0534377298
ISBN10: 0534377297
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2003
International: No

List price: $341.50

Physics : Algebra and Trigonometry / With CD-ROM - 3RD 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534377298

Eugene Hecht

ISBN13: 978-0534377298
ISBN10: 0534377297
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 2003
International: No

In Hecht's groundbreaking book, you'll find real-life applications, an unparalleled art and photography program, a presentation that anticipates students' questions, and an approach that emphasizes contemporary physics while interweaving historical perspectives. Hecht's coverage of classical physics is clear and insightful. He shows students how 21st-century physics illuminates the classical topics of each chapter, adding excitement to the subject matter. Over 1,300 illustrations make it possible for students to visualize a diversity of physical phenomena. Many of these are multi-frame, sequential drawings allowing students to comprehend the temporal unfolding of complex events. A selection of sketch art teaches students how to create problem-solving diagrams. This new edition of the text was designed to aggressively address the issue of problem solving for students (guided by contemporary physics education research). To this end Hecht has provided not only his approach to the five-step problem-solving framework but also a wide range of new problems and solutions specifically designed to build student capability and confidence.


  • NEW! One of the greatest difficulties faced by physics educators is the teaching of problem solving. Hecht formalizes a five-step procedure that is widely used throughout the physics community, and this new edition has taken that approach to the next level. Throughout the text and CD-ROM, each example problem is solved using the five-step problem-solving framework, which includes Translation, Given and Find, Problem Type, Procedure, and Calculation. This provides the student with a consistent and reliable method for approaching and analyzing any physics problem.
  • Each copy of the text is available with a free tutorial CD-ROM, YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR, written by the author specifically to correlate with the textbook and enhance the physics experience. Hecht has written hundreds and hundreds of problems designed to tutor a student as he or she progresses through the course. These problems consist of the following: "Warm-Ups," "Walk-Throughs," "Interactive Explorations," and "Further Discussions."
  • "Warm-Ups" are interactive multiple-choice questions that establish a basic level of understanding.
  • "Walk-Throughs" expertly guide students through typical homework problems that are broken down into pieces and analyzed step-by-step in an interactive manner.
  • "Interactive Explorations," state-of-the-art physics simulations, allow students to do everything from fire a ball out of a virtual cannon to learn about projectile motion to varying the parameters in a Carno Cycle.
  • "Further Discussions," enhance the book discussion with additional textual material available only on the CD-ROM.
  • Problem-solving strategies, approximation techniques, and ways to anticipate common errors and pitfalls are discussed in every chapter in a section called Suggestions on Problem Solving.
  • A Quick Check is included at the end of every example problem, encouraging students to review their work.
  • Approximately 25 multiple-choice questions, similar to those found on national medical (MCAT) and optometry (OATP) entrance exams, are included in every chapter.
  • Answers to all odd-numbered multiple-choice questions and all odd-numbered problems appear in the back of the book.
  • The complete solutions to roughly one-third of the problems in the text appear at the back of the book. The problems that have a solution listed are designated with a bolded number.
  • NEW! Marginal notes, called Study Guide, are a guiding aside to give the student perspective and help her focus on the most important aspects of what she is learning.
  • To guide the students through using the solutions manual, each problem available in the solutions manual is designated with an italicized number.
  • In addition to detailed summaries, the Core Material and Study Guide sections at the end of each chapter point out what is important and makes specific suggestions for effective problem solving.
  • Many conceptual discussions are set off from the main text so students can negotiate the primary material more easily.
  • Exploring Physics on Your Own boxes demonstrate how physics concepts relate to everyday phenomena.
  • Hecht focuses on the historical perspective so that students learn not only the ideas behind the study of physics, but where the ideas came from, making the material in the text more accessible and less intimidating.
  • Available with WebAssign, the online homework service at North Carolina State.
  • NEW! An element called Calculator Tips appears in the margin at appropriate points in the mathematical development throughout the chapters. These hints are geared to keystrokes on varieties of scientific calculators.
  • NEW! Internet references appear in the margin, carefully designed to reference stable government and educational sites on the Web.
  • NEW! In addition, the author has designed a "problem-solving program" to support students as they build confidence and capability in problem-solving. This program consists of four pedagogical components: "Problems," "Coordinated Problems," "Progressive Problems," and "Solutions."
  • NEW! Graduated in difficulty, "Problems" are based, whenever possible, on real-life data. The goal of this pedagogical component is to eventually bring students up to a level where he can successfully solve these problems.
  • NEW! To support that effort, "Coordinated Problems," (in magenta) are designed to strengthen technique and build confidence.
  • NEW! Approximately ten "Progressive Problems" (introduced in blue) per chapter unfold step-by-step to guide the student through the analytic process and avoid common pitfalls. The students are lead to solve these problems in a carefully developed sequence of guided steps.
  • NEW! Throughout the text, students are encouraged to study worked solutions in the interest of building intuition through experience. The final component, "Solutions," provides an additional selection of five to six model problems and solutions per chapter.

Author Bio

Hecht, Eugene : Adelphi University

Table of Contents

1. AN INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS. Law and Theory. The Modern Perspective. Length. Mass and Weight. Time. Significant Figures. Equations. Graphs. Approximations and Checks.

2. KINEMATICS: SPEED AND VELOCITY. Average Speed. Constant Speed. Delta Notation: The Change in a Quantity. Instantaneous Speed. The Displacement Vector. Some Vector Algebra. Instantaneous Velocity. Components and Vector Addition. Velocity with respect to?.

3. KINEMATICS: ACCELERATION. Average Acceleration. Instantaneous Acceleration. Constant Acceleration. The Mean Speed. The Equations of Constant Acceleration. Air Drag. Acceleration Due to Gravity. Straight Up and Down. Two-Dimensional Motion: Projectiles.

4. NEWTON'S THREE LAWS. The Law of Inertia. Force. The Second Law. Interaction: The Third Law. The Effects of Force: Newton's Laws. Weight: Gravitational Force. Coupled Motions. Friction. Equilibrium: Statics.

5. CENTRIPETAL FORCE AND GRAVITY. Centripetal Acceleration. Center-Seeking Forces. The Law of Universal Gravitation. Terrestrial Gravity. The Laws of Planetary Motion. Satellite Orbits. Effectively Weightless. The Gravitational Field.

6. ENERGY. Work. Kinetic Energy. Potential Energy. Mechanical Energy. Applying Conservation of Energy. Power. Energy Conservation and Symmetry.

7. MOMENTUM AND COLLISIONS. Impulse and Momentum Change. Varying Force. Rockets. Conservation of Linear Momentum. Collisions. Linear Momentum and Symmetry. 8. ROTATIONAL MOTION. Angular Displacement. Angular Velocity. Angular Acceleration. Equations of Constant Angular Acceleration. Torque. Second Condition of Equilibrium. Extended Bodies and the Center-of-Gravity. Torque and Rotational Inertia. Rotational Kinetic Energy. Angular Momentum. Conservation of Angular Momentum.

9. SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, AND GASES. Atomism. Density. The States of Matter. Hydrostatic Pressure. Pascal's Principle. Buoyant Force. Fluid Flow. The Continuity Equation. Bernoulli's Equation. 10. ELASTICITY AND OSCILLATIONS. Hooke's Law. Stress and Strain. Strength. Elastic Moduli. Simple Harmonic Motion. Elastic Restoring Force. The Pendulum. Damping, Forcing, and Resonance.

11. WAVES AND SOUND. Wave Characteristics. Transverse Waves: Strings. Compression Waves. Acoustics: Sound Waves. Wavefronts and Intensity. The Speed of Sound in Air. Hearing Sound. Intensity-Level. Sound Waves: Beats. Standing Waves. The Doppler Effect.

12. THERMAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER. Thermodynamic Temperature and Absolute Zero. Linear Expansion. Volumetric Expansion: Solids and Liquids. The Laws of Boyle, Charles, and Gay-Lussac. The Ideal Gas Law. Phase Diagrams. Kinetic Theory.

13. HEAT AND THERMAL ENERGY. Heat and Temperature. Quantity of Heat. The Mechanical Equivalent of Heat. Specific Heat: Calorimetry. Melting and Freezing. Vaporization. Boiling. Radiation. Convection. Conduction. 14. THERMODYNAMICS. Conservation of Energy. Thermal Processes and Work. Isothermal Change of an Ideal Gas. Adiabatic Change of an Ideal Gas. The Carnot Cycle. Refrigeration Machines and Heat Pumps. Entropy.

15. ELECTROSTATICS: FORCES. Positive and Negative Charge. Insulators and Conductors. Coulomb's Law. Definition of the E-Field. Gauss's Law. The Electric Force. The Electric Field.

16. ELECTROSTATICS: ENERGY. Electrical-PE and Potential. Potential of a Point-Charge. The Potential of Several Charges. Conservation of Charge. The Capacitor. Capacitors in Combination. Energy in Capacitors.

17. DIRECT CURRENT. Electric Current. Ohm's Law. Resistivity. Voltage Drops and Rises. Energy and Power.

18. CIRCUITS. Sources and Internal Resistance. Resistors in Series and Parallel. Ammeters and Voltmeters. RC-Circuits. Kirchoff's Rules. 19. MAGNETISM. Permanent Magnets. The Magnetic Field. Currents and Fields. Ampere's Law. The Force of a Moving Charge. Forces on Wires.

20. ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION. Faraday's Induction Law. Motional EMF. The AC Generator. The DC Generator. Inductance. The R-L Circuit: Transients. Energy in the Magnetic Field.

21. AC AND ELECTRONICS. AC and Resistance. AC and Inductance. AC and Capacitance. R-C-L Circuits. The Transformer. Dmestic Circuits and Hazards. Semiconductors.

22. RADIANT ENERGY: LIGHT. Waves and Particles. Electromagnetic Waves. Waveforms and Wavefronts. Energy and Irradiance. The Origins of EM Radiation. Energy Quanta. Atoms and Light. Radiowaves. Microwaves. Infrared. Light. Ultraviolet. X-Rays. Gamma Rays.

23. THE PROPAGATION OF LIGHT: SCATTERING. Rayleigh Scattering: Blue Skies. Internal and External Reflection. The Law of Reflection. The Index of Refraction. Snell's Law. Total Internal Reflection. White, Black, and Gray. Colors.

24. GEOMETRICAL OPTICS AND INSTRUMENTS. Aspherical Surfaces. Spherical Thin Lenses. Focal Points and Planes. Extended Imagery: Lenses. A Single Lens. Thin-Lens Combinations. Curved Mirrors.

25. PHYSICAL OPTICS. Natural Light. Polarizers. Polarizing Processes. Young's Experiment. Thin-Film Interference. The Michelson Interferometer. Single-Slit Diffraction. The Diffraction Grating. Circular Holes and Obstacles. Holography.

26. SPECIAL RELATIVITY. The Michelson-Morley Experiment. The Two Postulates. Simultaneity and Time. The Hatter's Watch: Time Dilation. Shrinking Alice: Length Contraction. The Twin Effect. Addition of Velocities. Relativistic Momentum. Relativistic Energy.

27. THE ORIGINS OF MODERN PHYSICS. The Quantum of Charge. Cathode Rays: Particles of Charge. X-Rays. The Discovery of Radioactivity. Rutherford Scattering. Atomic Spectra. The Proton. The Neutron.

28. THE EVOLUTION OF QUANTUM THEORY. Blackbody Radiation. Quantization of Energy: The Photoelectric Effect. Bremsstrahlung. The Compton Effect. The Bohr Atom. Stimulated Emission: The Laser. Atomic Number.

29. QUANTUM MECHANICS. De Broglie Waves. The Principle of Complimentarity. The Schrodinger Wave Equation. Quantum Numbers. The Zeeman Effect. Spin. The Pauli Exclusion Principle. Electron Shells. The Uncertainty Principle. QED and Antimatter.

30. NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Isotopes: Birds of a Feather. Nuclear Size, Shape, and Spin. The Nuclear Force. Nuclear Stability. Radioactive Decay. The Weak Force. Gamma Decay. Half-Life. Induced Radioactivity. Fission and Fusion.

31. HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS. Leptons. Hadrons. Gauge Theory. Quarks. Quantum Chromodynamics. The Electroweak Force. GUTs and Beyond: The Creation of the Universe. Answer Section. Index.