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The seventh edition of Inquiry Into Physics continues its strong emphasis on the inquiry approach to learning physics. Throughout, students are asked to try things, to discover relationships between physical quantities on their own, and to look for answers in the world around them and not seek them only in books or on the Internet. Some of the pedagogical tools this text utilizes to build conceptual understanding and inquiry-based learning include the Explore It Yourself boxes, Concept Maps integrated throughout each chapter, and periodic Learning Check conceptual quizzes. The text periodically reviews the historical development of physics, which is particularly relevant as context for non-science majors. Simple mathematics is integrated into the text so students can see the practicality of physics and have a means of testing scientific validity.

Vern J. Ostdiek, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Vern Ostdiek was an Associate Professor at Benedictine College, where he had a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to teaching courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science, he oversaw the Computer Discovery Lab. Vern was named Benedictine College's Educator of the Year in 1999. His research interests centered on the nocturnal dynamics of the lower part of the Earth's atmosphere. Past research topics included noctilucent clouds and frontal zones.

Donald J. Bord, University of Michigan, Dearborn

Don Bord, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Prior to his appointment, he taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where his collaboration with Vern Ostdiek led to the development and publication of INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, now in its 8th Edition. Don has an abiding interest in physics and astronomy education, particularly as it pertains to laboratory instruction, and has published articles in The American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Sky and Telescope. He was co-editor, with Clint Sprott, of the first edition of Great Ideas for Teaching Physics. Don's research focuses on determining the abundance of heavy and rare-earth elements in chemically peculiar stars and the Sun using high-resolution spectra. Don served as chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, associate dean for planning and faculty development and associate provost, interim chair of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2016. He was the first recipient of the University of Michigan's Jacqueline Lawson Award for his contributions in the area of faculty governance.
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  • UPDATED WITH THE LATEST IN THE FIELD. The text has been updated with the most current information on scientific discoveries and achievements, including newly discovered chemical elements, recent advances in particle physics (e.g., current status and results from experiments with the Large Hadron Collider) and cosmology, an expanded discussion of entropy, the latest developments in superconductivity studies, a review of the circumstances and status of the Japanese nuclear disaster of March 2011, and an up-to-date list of Nobel Prize award recipients in physics.
  • NATURAL PHENOMENA APPLICATIONS – This new edition uses a broad range of applications of physics principles as seen in natural phenomena such as thunder and lightning storms, rainbows and sundogs, auroras, the greenhouse effect, geomagnetism, and more to better engage non-science majors with real world events they can relate with.
  • NEW QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS – More than 50 new questions and problems in each end-of-chapter provide instructors more flexibility in tailoring assignments to their course needs. "Explore-It-Yourself" application boxes feature clearer instructions and outcomes to better support students studying on their own.
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  • CONCISE, STRUCTURED CONTENTS. With just 12 chapters, INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, 7th Edition, is 1/3 the size of competing texts, making it perfect for instructors who are looking for a text structured in a traditional "chapter-a-week" format.
  • CONCEPT MAPS. Concept Maps in each chapter visually summarize abstract concepts, helping students link key concepts, processes, and systems in an easy-to-follow flowchart format. Between one and three of these maps appear in each chapter. And each chapter opens with a flowchart outlining all of the key concepts to be covered in that chapter, facilitating student review.
  • CONCEPT MAP EXERCISES. Mapping It Out! exercises help students use concept-mapping techniques to improve their understanding of important concepts and relationships introduced in each chapter. These exercises ask students to fill in concepts on a pre-existing map skeleton or to create their own maps.
  • FULL-COLOR ART PROGRAM. The text's outstanding art program highlights the everyday applicability of physics. Colorful photographs and illustrations allow students to visualize even the most abstract concepts.
  • PROLOGUE CHAPTER. A special prologue chapter, entitled "Prologue: Getting Started," covers the application of physics, the scientific method, and measurement. It answers such basic questions as, What is physics?, How does one do physics?, and How does a beginner learn physics? This chapter has been designed to help students immediately see why the study of physics is a useful and stimulating endeavor.
  • ENGAGING CHAPTER OPENERS. Each chapter begins with a brief look at a topic of current interest, updated to include such relatable topics as iPods, plasma TVs, sundogs, SmartPaper, and PET scans.
  • PERIODIC LEARNING CHECKS. Periodic Learning Checks provide conceptual self-quizzes for students to test their basic comprehension.
  • ESSAY TOPICS. Physics Potpourri boxes are self-contained essays on selected topics taken from such disciplines as astronomy, the history of science, and biophysics to better engage non-science majors.
  • CHAPTER-ENDING PROFILES. Each chapter ends with a fascinating look at the human side of physics. Called the Physics Family Album, these vignettes trace the lives and work of groundbreaking individuals who discovered and developed the physics concepts presented in the chapter. Exploring the lives of scientists from Aristotle to Murray Gell-Mann, these sections engage readers in the challenges and achievements of physicists throughout history.
  • EMPHASIS ON MODERN APPLICATIONS. An emphasis on modern applications of physics to such devices as iPods and iPads, airport metal detectors, in-home smoke detectors, radar 'guns,' plasma TVs, fiber optics probes, PET scanners, lasers, and more engage students and show them the relevance of physics in our daily lives.
  • ENHANCED WEBASSIGN. Selected end-of-chapter problems are available in Enhanced WebAssign, the most utilized homework system in physics, allowing you 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.
  • INQUIRY-BASED APPROACH. Explore It Yourself boxes encourage students to ask questions, and let them try a hands-on activity--and draw conclusions based on their observations--before proceeding to the textual discussion of the principles of physics involved.
Prologue: Getting Started.
1. The Study of Motion.
2. Newton's Laws.
3. Energy and Conservation Laws.
4. Physics of Matter.
5. Temperature and Heat.
6. Waves and Sound.
7. Electricity.
8. Electromagnetism and EM Waves.
9. Optics.
10. Atomic Physics.
11. Nuclear Physics.
12. Special Relativity and Elementary Particles
Appendix A: Winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Appendix B: Math Review.
Appendix C: Answers.
Glossary of Key Terms and Laws.
Table of Conversion Factors and Other Information.
Periodic Table.
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