Higher Education

College Physics, 8th Edition

  • Raymond A. Serway James Madison University (Emeritus)
  • Jerry S. Faughn Eastern Kentucky University, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Physics Department
  • Chris Vuille Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • ISBN-10: 0495386936  |  ISBN-13: 9780495386933
  • 1104 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2006, 2003
  • © 2009 | Published
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Overview

While physics can seem challenging, its true quality is the sheer simplicity of fundamental physical theories--theories and concepts that can enrich your view of the world around you. COLLEGE PHYSICS, 8e, provides a clear strategy for connecting those theories to a consistent problem-solving approach, carefully reinforcing this methodology throughout the text and connecting it to real-world examples. For students planning to take the MCAT exam, the text includes exclusive test prep and review tools to help you prepare.

Features and Benefits

  • A general problem-solving methodology is introduced early and is reinforced throughout the text. This feature helps students identify the essential steps in solving problems and increases their skills as problem solvers.
  • The latest findings of physics education research have been integrated throughout the text, placing more emphasis on critical and conceptual thinking. Quick Quizzes give students opportunities to test their understanding of the physical concepts just presented in the text. Tips boxes help students avoid common misconceptions. Applying Physics sections discuss key principles without computations so that students can easily draw connections to the real world.
  • Many chapters include sections and problems that are intended to expose the student to various practical and interesting applications of physical principles. Topics and problems dealing with the application of physics to the life sciences are identified by a DNA icon to help motivate students to master the content.
  • Your choice of response system technology is fully supported with text-specific content questions designed for users of all experience levels. Quick Quiz questions and end-of-chapter Conceptual Questions provide immediate conceptual benchmarking, animated "Active Figure" questions strengthen visualization skills, and Assessing to Learn in the Classroom questions take response system content to the next level by testing advanced concept acquisition. Visit www.serwayphysics.com to download samples and suggestions.

Table of Contents

Part 1: MECHANICS.
1. Introduction.
2. Motion in One Dimension.
3. Vectors and Two-Dimensional Motion.
4. The Laws of Motion.
5. Energy.
6. Momentum and Collisions.
7. Rotational Motion and the Law of Gravity.
8. Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics.
9. Solids and Fluids.
Part 2: THERMODYNAMICS.
10. Thermal Physics.
11. Energy in Thermal Processes.
12. The Laws of Thermodynamics.
Part 3: VIBRATIONS AND WAVES.
13. Vibrations and Waves.
14. Sound.
Part 4: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM.
15. Electric Forces and Electric Fields.
16. Electrical Energy and Capacitance.
17. Current and Resistance.
18. Direct Current Circuits.
19. Magnetism.
20. Induced Voltages and Inductance.
21. Alternating Current Circuits and Electromagnetic Waves.
22. Reflection and Refraction of Light.
23. Mirrors and Lenses.
24. Wave Optics.
25. Optical Instruments.
26. Relativity.
27. Quantum Physics.
28. Atomic Physics.
29. Nuclear Physics.
30. Nuclear Energy and Elementary Particles.

What's New

  • COLLEGE PHYSICS is known for its outstanding end-of-chapter problems. In addition to the approximately 25 percent new conceptual questions and problems, this edition features three new problem types. Guided Problems, which break a standard problem into smaller steps, facilitate a student's grasping of the concepts and strategies required to arrive at a successful solution. Symbolic Enhanced Concept Problems guide students to symbolic solutions to help them see the relationships between physics concepts. Conceptual Enhanced Concept Problems train students to think about problems both verbally and conceptually.
  • A new section at the end of each chapter contains a selection of more than 300 multiple-choice questions covering conceptual and quantitative questions. These questions can be assigned as homework or used in the classroom with "peer instruction" methods or personal response systems.
  • In the last edition, all in-text Worked Examples were reconstituted into a two-column format with detailed explanations for each computational step, helping students draw connections between the mathematics and the physical concepts. For this new edition, all Worked Examples were carefully reviewed, with new ones added and improvements made to others. New to each Worked Example is a follow-up conceptual question as well as a quantitative exercise to ensure that students strengthen their problem-solving skills.
  • COLLEGE PHYSICS, 8e, is fully supported by Enhanced WebAssign®, the market-leading online homework system developed by physicists for physicists. This enhanced version includes all end-of-chapter problems, Conceptual Questions, Quick Quizzes, animated "Active Figure" tutorials, and most Worked Examples. All questions provide answer-specific feedback, and many provide guided hints to drive students to content mastery. A new Math Review feature allows instructors to assign essential mathematics examples to bring students "up to speed."
  • To support students preparing for the MCAT exam, a special Skill-Building Appendix provides additional explanations, examples, and exercises and a brief MCAT Test Preparation Guide provides an outline of key concepts to facilitate student review.

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495556416 | ISBN-13: 9780495556411)

This easy-to-use multimedia lecture tool allows instructors to quickly assemble art, photos, and multimedia with notes to create fluid lectures. The CD-ROM set (Volume 1: Chapters 1–14; Volume 2: Chapters 15–30) includes prepared PowerPoint® lectures, a library of animations, video clips, "Active Figure" simulations, and digital art from the text, as well as editable electronic files of the Instructor's Solutions Manual and Test Bank. The CD also includes the Examview® Computerized Test Bank, giving you the ability to build tests featuring an unlimited number of new questions or any of the 1,750 existing questions from the preloaded Test Bank. For users of response system technology, a complete set of questions is available for all levels of experience. Quick Quiz questions provide immediate conceptual benchmarking, animated Active Figure questions strengthen visualization skills, and Assessing to Learn in the Classroom questions developed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst take response system content to the next level by testing advanced concept acquisition. Visit www.serwayphysics.com to download sample audience response content.

Transparencies with Correlation Guide, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495564834 | ISBN-13: 9780495564836)

This set includes approximately 100 full-color figures from Chapters 1–14 of the text to enhance lectures. These transparencies feature large print for easy viewing in the classroom.

Transparencies with Correlation Guide, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495564842 | ISBN-13: 9780495564843)

This set includes approximately 100 full-color figures from Chapters 15–30 of the text to enhance lectures. These transparencies feature large print for easy viewing in the classroom.

PowerLecture, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495556408 | ISBN-13: 9780495556404)

This easy-to-use multimedia lecture tool allows instructors to quickly assemble art, photos, and multimedia with notes to create fluid lectures. The CD-ROM set (Volume 1: Chapters 1–14; Volume 2: Chapters 15–30) includes prepared PowerPoint® lectures, a library of animations, video clips, "Active Figure" simulations, and digital art from the text, as well as editable electronic files of the Instructor's Solutions Manual and Test Bank. The CD also includes the Examview® Computerized Test Bank, giving you the ability to build tests featuring an unlimited number of new questions or any of the 1,750 existing questions from the preloaded Test Bank. For users of response system technology, a complete set of questions is available for all levels of experience. Quick Quiz questions provide immediate conceptual benchmarking, animated Active Figure questions strengthen visualization skills, and Assessing to Learn in the Classroom questions developed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst take response system content to the next level by testing advanced concept acquisition. Visit www.serwayphysics.com to download sample audience response content.

Test Bank, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495556130 | ISBN-13: 9780495556138)

The Test Bank contains approximately 875 problems and questions in multiple-choice format, representing all chapters of the text. Problems are organized according to chapter sections that appear in the text, and answers are provided in a separate key. Instructors may duplicate pages for distribution to students. An editable electronic version of the Test Bank also is available on the Instructor's PowerLecture CD.

Test Bank, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495556149 | ISBN-13: 9780495556145)

The Test Bank contains approximately 875 problems and questions in multiple-choice format, representing all chapters of the text. Problems are organized according to chapter sections that appear in the text, and answers are provided in a separate key. Instructors may duplicate pages for distribution to students. An editable electronic version of the Test Bank also is available on the Instructor's PowerLecture CD.

Instructor's Solutions Manual, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495556157 | ISBN-13: 9780495556152)

The Instructor's Solutions Manual contains complete solutions to all problems in the text in addition to answers to the multiple-choice and conceptual questions. Also provided are full answers with explanations to the text's Quick Quizzes. (Answers to the odd-numbered problems, multiple-choice, and conceptual questions are provided in the back of the textbook, as are brief answers to the Quick Quizzes, without full explanations.) The Instructor's Solutions Manual also includes the Assessing to Learn in the Classroom multiple-choice questions (ideal for "clicker" usage), designed by the University of Massachusetts to address conceptual understanding. An editable electronic version of the Instructor's Solutions Manual also is available on the Instructor's PowerLecture CD.

Instructor's Solutions Manual, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 0495556165 | ISBN-13: 9780495556169)

The Instructor's Solutions Manual contains complete solutions to all problems in the text in addition to answers to the multiple-choice and conceptual questions. Also provided are full answers with explanations to the text's Quick Quizzes. (Answers to the odd-numbered problems, multiple-choice, and conceptual questions are provided in the back of the textbook, as are brief answers to the Quick Quizzes, without full explanations.) The Instructor's Solutions Manual also includes the Assessing to Learn in the Classroom multiple-choice questions (ideal for "clicker" usage), designed by the University of Massachusetts to address conceptual understanding. An editable electronic version of the Instructor's Solutions Manual also is available on the Instructor's PowerLecture CD.

AP* Teacher's Guide  (ISBN-10: 0495556300 | ISBN-13: 9780495556305)

The AP TEACHERS GUIDE is the complete resource for high school teachers. It contains sample lesson plans, additional teaching resources and activities, the current AP standards, and more.

Enhanced WebAssign Homework Only Printed Access Card for Math and Science  (ISBN-10: 1305408047 | ISBN-13: 9781305408043)

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Enhanced WebAssign, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Single-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858506 | ISBN-13: 9781285858500)

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IMPORTANT: This printed access card includes access to Enhanced WebAssign for only one term. When purchasing please ensure that you are using it for ONLY ONE TERM of the following course areas: Calculus, Physics, or Chemistry. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. This code will NOT allow access beyond one semester. Enhanced WebAssign is more robust than ever to enhance your teaching experience and help you elevate student thinking. Enhanced WebAssign for Physics offers superior content that helps students learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Through richly randomized problem sets and consistent pedagogy with a text, Enhanced WebAssign engages students and helps them develop a deeper understanding of course concepts in Physics. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

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Enhanced WebAssign, 2 term (12 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285858417 | ISBN-13: 9781285858418)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this printed access card for Physics, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Physics, College Physics, Introduction to Physical Science, or University Physics. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Enhanced WebAssign is more robust than ever to enhance your teaching experience and help you elevate student thinking. Enhanced WebAssign for Physics offers superior content that helps students learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Through richly randomized problem sets and consistent pedagogy with a text, Enhanced WebAssign engages students and helps them develop a deeper understanding of course concepts in Physics. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, this access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If your students need to retake the course and you are using the same book AND edition, then they will not need to buy a new code. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

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The Physics Toolbox: A Survival Guide for Introductory Physics  (ISBN-10: 0030346525 | ISBN-13: 9780030346521)

THE PHYSICS TOOLBOX is a "paperback mentor" specifically created to supplement other materials in an introductory physics course. It provides the material critical for success in this course, including an introduction to the nature of physics and science, a look at "what to expect" and "how to succeed," a verbal overview of the concepts students will learn in the course, and an extensive review of the math they will need to solve the problems in the course.

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Student Supplements

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Enhanced WebAssign Homework Only Printed Access Card for Math and Science  (ISBN-10: 1305408047 | ISBN-13: 9781305408043)

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Enhanced WebAssign, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Single-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858506 | ISBN-13: 9781285858500)

IMPORTANT: This printed access card includes access to Enhanced WebAssign for only one term. When purchasing please ensure that you are using it for ONLY ONE TERM of the following course areas: Calculus, Physics, or Chemistry. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. This code will NOT allow access beyond one semester. Enhanced WebAssign is more robust than ever to enhance your learning experience and elevate your thinking. Enhanced WebAssign for Physics offers superior content that helps you learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Through richly randomized problem sets and consistent pedagogy with a text, Enhanced WebAssign engages you and helps you develop a deeper understanding of course concepts in Physics.

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Enhanced WebAssign, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Single-Term only  (ISBN-10: 1285858492 | ISBN-13: 9781285858494)

IMPORTANT: This printed access card includes access to Enhanced WebAssign for only one term. When purchasing please ensure that you are using it for ONLY ONE TERM of the following course areas: Calculus, Physics, or Chemistry. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. This code will NOT allow access beyond one semester. Enhanced WebAssign is more robust than ever to enhance your learning experience and elevate your thinking. Enhanced WebAssign for Physics offers superior content that helps you learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Through richly randomized problem sets and consistent pedagogy with a text, Enhanced WebAssign engages you and helps you develop a deeper understanding of course concepts in Physics. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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Enhanced WebAssign, 2 term (12 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1285858417 | ISBN-13: 9781285858418)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this printed access card for Physics, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Physics, College Physics, Introduction to Physical Science, or University Physics. Use with a different course may cause complications with access. Enhanced WebAssign is more robust than ever to enhance your learning experience and elevate your thinking. Enhanced WebAssign for Physics offers superior content that helps you learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Through richly randomized problem sets and consistent pedagogy with a text, Enhanced WebAssign engages you and helps you develop a deeper understanding of course concepts in Physics. Exclusively from Cengage Learning, this access code includes access to Enhanced WebAssign and life-of-edition access to the eBook for the registered edition of that text. If you need to retake the course and your instructor is using the same book AND edition, you will not need to buy a new code. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

List Price = $125.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $93.75

The Physics Toolbox: A Survival Guide for Introductory Physics  (ISBN-10: 0030346525 | ISBN-13: 9780030346521)

THE PHYSICS TOOLBOX is a "paperback mentor" specifically created to help you succeed in your introductory physics course. It provides the material critical for success in this course, including an introduction to the nature of physics and science, a look at "what to expect" and "how to succeed," a verbal overview of the concepts you will learn in this course, and an extensive review of the math you will need to solve the problems in this course.

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Physics Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495114529 | ISBN-13: 9780495114529)

Designed to help you develop your intuitive abilities in physics, the PHYSICS LAB MANUAL emphasizes conceptual understanding and includes a thorough discussion of physical theory to help you see the connection between the lab and the lecture. Each lab includes a set of pre-lab exercises, and many labs give you hands-on experience with statistical analysis.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Raymond A. Serway

Raymond A. Serway (PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology) is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. His honors and awards include an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College, the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977, and 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 Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. He was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. Dr. Serway is the coauthor of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition; PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Ninth Edition; PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. He has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings.

Jerry S. Faughn

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. He is coauthor of a nonmathematical physics text; 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.

Chris Vuille

Chris Vuille (PhD, University of Florida) is associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. While he has taught courses at all levels, including postgraduate, his primary interest is the teaching of introductory physics courses. He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory and was a participant in a special three-year NASA grant program where he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in many scientific journals and in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine. He is the coauthor of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition and ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS.