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Physics : World View

Physics : World View - 6th edition

Physics : World View - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780495010883

ISBN10: 049501088X

Physics : World View by Larry Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis - ISBN 9780495010883
Edition: 6TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published:
International: No
Physics : World View by Larry Kirkpatrick and Gregory E. Francis - ISBN 9780495010883

ISBN13: 9780495010883

ISBN10: 049501088X


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Summary

This text contains a running story line about how the current physics "world view" came to be. This story line is divided into nine parts framed by an introductory chapter ("A World View") which puts the approach into context. This approach gives non-science students an appreciation for the laws of nature and physics contribution to that understanding. The new sixth edition uses the latest physics education principles to emphasize conceptual understanding, both in the main narrative and in the accompanying media program. Designed to fit the specific needs of any non-majors physics course, the text is flexible, fully modular and now can be customized to fit any syllabus through Thomson's TextChoice custom solution program. Mathematics is used minimally, but for instructors wishing to incorporate more problem-solving skills and quantitative reasoning, the optional, slightly more detailed, "Problem Solving to accompany Physics: A World View" student supplement reveals more of the beauty and power of mathematics in physics. The new edition includes access to PhysicsNow, a powerful personal student study companion. This interactive online resource uses a series of chapter-specific diagnostics to gauge students' unique study needs, then provides a Personalized Learning Plan that focuses their study time on the concepts they need to review most. Active Figure tutorial simulations provide an opportunity for students to learn through observation, further enhancing conceptual understanding.

Benefits:

  • NEW! This edition features a wealth of interactive multimedia, perfectly correlated to the text, to help instructors get up and running with the text. Each chapter includes all of the important figures and images from the text, in both .jpg and editable PowerPoint formats. For users of audience response system technology, the authors have prepared PowerPoint files of specific "clicker"-based questions.
  • To provide a greater historical emphasis without interrupting the development of physical concepts, historical perspectives are provided in the 8 interludes between major parts of the text, and "Biographical Sketches" of important scientists are included throughout.
  • For instructors wishing to incorporate more active-learning strategies into the course, "Physics on Your Own" boxes appear throughout the text. These do-it-yourself projects and experiments are simple enough for students to perform independently or in small groups.
  • Optional mathematical coverage for those instructors that want it. More advanced math is presented throughout the book in at least 28 optional segments entitled "Working It Out," allowing students following a more mathematical track to find such information easily, while allowing others to skip over this material without loss of continuity. In addition, icons throughout the text highlight mathematical material that appears in the "Problem Solving to accompany PHYSICS: A WORLD VIEW" student supplement, providing an opportunity for instructors to incorporate even more quantitative problem solving into the course.
  • End of chapter questions and exercises require students to give conceptual explanations and provide them with more ways to relate the physics learned in the course to real-world events.
  • Students get an early focus on each chapter's essential concepts through "Chapter Opening Questions." These inquiries are then answered at the end of the chapter, focusing student attention on an important aspect of each chapter.
  • The international system of units (SI) is used throughout the text. U.S. Customary units are used to a limited extent in the chapters on mechanics, heat, and thermodynamics to help the student develop a better feeling for the sizes of the SI units.
  • NEW! PhysicsNow, the ultimate web-based student tutorial system, has been thoroughly integrated with PHYSICS: A WORLD VIEW. Consisting of diagnostic pre-tests for each chapter and animated "Active Figures" to help students learn by observing and manipulating phenomena, PhysicsNow will not only help your students learn the material better, but help them be better prepared to pass the course.
  • NEW! The new sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated based on feedback from physics instructors and students. Special attention has been paid to the electricity and magnetism chapters, including completely new sections on electric field lines and "wireless" battery chargers. The discussion of batteries and bulbs has been thoroughly rewritten to include voltage considerations.
  • NEW! A complete updating of the end of chapter problem sets, including more than one hundred new conceptual questions and more than fifty new numerical exercises.
  • NEW! A more thoughtful art program includes many illustrations that have been redesigned to increase both clarity and function.
  • NEW! Selected end-of-chapter problems are available in WebAssign, the most utilized homework system in physics, allowing instructors to securely create and administer homework assignments in an interactive online environment. Designed by physicists for physicists, this system is a trusted companion to your teaching.
  • This text contains a running story line about how the current physics "world view" came to be. This story line is divided into nine parts--the fundamentals of motion and gravity; the conservation laws of momentum and energy; the theories of relativity; the structure of matter, including heat and thermodynamics; wave phenomena and sound; light and optics; electricity and magnetism; the story of the quantum; and the nucleus and fundamental particles. An introductory chapter ("A World View") puts the approach into context, providing an overview of the universe, large/small numbers, the metric system, and "Measuring Space and Time."
  • Fully modular, the text can be tailored to suit the interests of the course. Instructors can emphasize seven different thematic paths or variations thereof: Physical Science, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Energy, Vibrations and Waves, Relativity, and Elementary Particles. And using the Thomson TextChoice custom solution program, instructors can build the text they want, so students only pay for what they use!
  • "Flawed Reasoning" boxes pose a common student misconception and explain the error in reasoning in a question/answer format, to help students overcome barriers to conceptual understanding.