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

Physics : Algebra and Trigonometry / With CD-ROM (ISBN10: 0534377297; ISBN13: 9780534377298)
ISBN13: 978-0534377298
ISBN10: 0534377297

Summary: 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 moreillustrations 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. less

Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 07/09/2002
International: No

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