Higher Education

Physics: A Conceptual World View, 7th Edition

  • Larry Kirkpatrick Montana State University
  • Gregory E. Francis Montana State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495391522  |  ISBN-13: 9780495391524
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2001, 1995
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $197.00
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Overview

Designed specifically for non-majors, PHYSICS: A CONCEPTUAL WORLD VIEW provides an engaging and effective introduction to physics using a flexible, fully modular presentation ideal for a wide variety of instructors and courses. Incorporating highly effective Physics Education Research pedagogy, the text features an ongoing storyline describing the development of the current physics "world view," which provides students with an understanding of the laws of nature and the context to better appreciate the importance of physics. The text's appealing style and minimal use of math also help to make complex material interesting and easier to master, even for students intimidated by physics or math.For instructors who want to incorporate more problem-solving skills and quantitative reasoning, the optional, more detailed, "Problem Solving to Accompany PHYSICS: A CONCEPTUAL WORLD VIEW" student supplement reveals more of the beauty and power of mathematics in physics. The text can also be customized to fit any syllabus through Cengage Learning's TextChoice custom solution program. In addition, the new Seventh Edition includes a thoroughly revised art program featuring elements such as balloon captions and numerous illustrations to help students better visualize and understand key concepts.

Features and Benefits

  • This text provides a novel introduction to physics that appeals even to non-majors and those intimidated by math or physics by using an engaging, running storyline about how the current physics "world view" developed and its importance in students' everyday lives.
  • Fully modular, the text can be tailored easily to fit your interests or syllabus by emphasizing any of seven thematic paths through the ongoing storyline, or by customizing the text completely with the Cengage Learning TextChoice program.
  • "Flawed Reasoning" boxes pose common student misconceptions and explain the errors in reasoning in a casual question/answer format, encouraging students to overcome barriers to conceptual understanding without intimidating them.
  • Optional math content is presented throughout the text in more than 50 thoroughly revised "Working It Out" boxes, allowing for convenient use by interested instructors and students, while enabling others to easily skip this material. Special icons also highlight mathematical material appearing in the "Problem Solving" student supplement.
  • "On the Bus" questions and answers appear at key points throughout each chapter to stimulate thinking and allow students to check whether they are "on the bus" with a working understanding of key concepts before moving on to subsequent material.

Table of Contents

1. A World View.
2. Describing Motion.
3. Explaining Motion.
4. Motions in Space.
5. Gravity.
The Big Picture: The Discovery of Invariants.
6. Momentum.
7. Energy.
8. Rotation.
The Big Picture: Universality of Motion.
9. Classical Relativity.
10. Einstein's Relativity.
The Big Picture: The Search for Atoms.
11. Structure of Matter.
12. States of Matter.
13. Thermal Energy.
14. Available Energy.
The Big Picture: Waves—Something Else That Moves.
15. Vibrations and Waves.
16. Sound and Music.
The Big Picture: The Mystery of Light.
17. Light.
18. Refraction of Light.
19. A Model for Light.
The Big Picture: An Electrical and Magnetic World.
20. Electricity.
21. Electric Current.
22. Electromagnetism.
The Big Picture: The Story of the Quantum.
23. The Early Atom.
24. The Modern Atom.
The Big Picture: The Subatomic World.
25. The Nucleus.
26. Nuclear Energy.
27. Elementary Particles.
28. Frontiers.
Appendix A. Nobel Laureates in Physics.
Appendix B. Answers to Most Odd-Numbered Questions and Exercises.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • For the Seventh Edition, the authors reconsidered every piece of art, replaced numerous photographs, added elements such as balloon captions and force arrows, and converted human figures to a fun new Stick Man format, all to ensure greater clarity, consistency, and functionality for readers.
  • The new edition includes nearly twice as many "Working It Out" boxes throughout the text to provide optional math instruction as a complement to more conceptual material, as well as new and revised end-of-chapter Conceptual Questions and Exercises, many of them now coded into the WebAssign system.
  • Nearly 90 new conceptual questions within "Everyday Physics" boxes throughout the text offer a simple way to assign homework and to help students appreciate the countless connections between physics and their everyday lives.
  • Many chapters feature expanded or updated content, including an extended discussion of free-body diagrams (a critical first step in every mechanics problem), a more intuitive presentation of vector changes, an exploration of linear mechanics through the context of rotational mechanics, and the use of more common definitions and standards.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + Problem Solving

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  • Physics: A Conceptual World View
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Bundle: Text + Enhanced WebAssign with eBook LOE Printed Access Card for One-Term Math and Science

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  • Physics: A Conceptual World View
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  • Enhanced WebAssign, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Single-Term Courses
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture with JoinIn™ Student Response System  (ISBN-10: 0495560839 | ISBN-13: 9780495560838)

PowerLecture is an easy-to-use, one-stop digital library and presentation tool for instructors that includes: Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides prepared by text author Larry Kirkpatrick covering all key points from the text in a convenient format that you can enhance with your own materials or with additional videos and animations for personalized, media-enhanced lectures. Image libraries in PowerPoint and JPEG formats that contain files for all text art, most photographs, and all numbered tables in the text. These files can be used to print transparencies or to create your own PowerPoint lectures. Animation and movie files of key physics concepts. Electronic files for the Instructor's Resource Manual and Test Bank and sample chapters from Problem Solving. ExamView testing software, with all the test items from the printed Test Bank in electronic format, that enables you to create customized tests of up to 250 items in print or online. JoinIn "clicker" questions written by text author Larry Kirkpatrick for use with the classroom response system of your choice to allow you to seamlessly pose interactive questions within your PowerPoint lecture slides.

Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495560103 | ISBN-13: 9780495560104)

The Instructor's Resource Manual is written by the textbook authors and contains solutions to all end-of-chapter Conceptual Questions and Exercises in the textbook and to problems in the Problem Solving supplement. Teaching tips and information about integrating demonstrations into your lecture are provided for each chapter, and course outlines help determine which sections to include in themed courses if you do not plan to teach every chapter.

JoinIn™ Student Response System Content  (ISBN-10: 0495560855 | ISBN-13: 9780495560852)

Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole now offers class-tested content for audience response systems written by the authors of PHYSICS: A CONCEPTUAL WORLD VIEW. These instant in-class questions are correlated to each major concept and allow you to transform your classroom and assess your students’ progress as you lecture. Our pre-formatted content lets you pose questions and display students’ answers seamlessly within your own Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides in conjunction with the "clicker" hardware of your choice. Enhance how your students interact with you, your lecture, and each other.

Problem Solving  (ISBN-10: 0495828246 | ISBN-13: 9780495828242)

This mathematical supplement written by the text authors is keyed to the textbook and develops some of the numerical aspects of this course that can be addressed with simple algebra and geometry. It is ideal for courses having a heavier emphasis in problem solving and quantitative reasoning. Readers are alerted to which sections in the textbook have a parallel presentation in Problem Solving by a math icon. The supplement contains extended mathematical discussion for those sections with additional worked examples and numerical end-of-chapter problems with odd-numbered answers in an appendix.

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Web Site  (ISBN-10: 0495560812 | ISBN-13: 9780495560814)

Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495560790 | ISBN-13: 9780495560791)

This printed Test Bank provides more than 1800 multiple-choice questions testing both conceptual and mathematical understanding of the course contents. Electronic files for the Test Bank are available on the PowerLecture CD.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0495560804 | ISBN-13: 9780495560807)

WebAssign Content Development  (ISBN-10: 0495560820 | ISBN-13: 9780495560821)

Enhanced WebAssign, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access for Physics, Multi-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858409 | ISBN-13: 9781285858401)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Physics, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Physics, College Physics, Introduction to Physical Science, Physics for Scientists & Engineers, 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, they will not need to buy a new code. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

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

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.

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

Student Supplements

Problem Solving  (ISBN-10: 0495828246 | ISBN-13: 9780495828242)

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.25

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 0495560812 | ISBN-13: 9780495560814)

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Enhanced WebAssign, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access for Physics, Multi-Term Courses  (ISBN-10: 1285858409 | ISBN-13: 9781285858401)

IMPORTANT: When purchasing this instant access code for Physics, ensure that you are using it in one of the following courses: Physics, College Physics, Introduction to Physical Science, Physics for Scientists & Engineers, 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. This instant access code will be delivered via email when purchased. If you are not sure that this is the correct access code for your course, please contact your instructor.

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

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

Bundle: Text + Enhanced WebAssign with eBook LOE Printed Access Card for One-Term Math and Science  (ISBN-10: 1111705534 | ISBN-13: 9781111705534)

Designed specifically for non-majors, PHYSICS: A CONCEPTUAL WORLD VIEW provides an engaging and effective introduction to physics using a flexible, fully modular presentation ideal for a wide variety of instructors and courses. Incorporating highly effective Physics Education Research pedagogy, the text features an ongoing storyline describing the development of the current physics "world view," which provides students with an understanding of the laws of nature and the context to better appreciate the importance of physics. The text's appealing style and minimal use of math also help to make complex material interesting and easier to master, even for students normally intimidated by physics or math. For instructors who want to incorporate more problem-solving skills and quantitative reasoning, the optional, more detailed, "Problem Solving to Accompany Physics: A Conceptual World View" student supplement reveals more of the beauty and power of mathematics in physics. The text can also be customized to fit any syllabus through Cengage Learning's TextChoice custom solution program. In addition, the new Seventh Edition includes a thoroughly revised art program featuring elements such as balloon captions and numerous illustrations to help students better visualize and understand key concepts.

List Price = $268.95  | CengageBrain Price = $268.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $202.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Larry Kirkpatrick

Larry Kirkpatrick has always been a teacher; he just didn't know it. After receiving a B.S. in physics from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics from MIT, he began his academic career at the University of Washington as a typical faculty member. However, he found that he was spending more and more time in the classroom and less and less time in the laboratory. Finally, he decided that he would get a position teaching physics full time or he would quit physics and use his computer skills to make lots of money. Fortunately, Montana State University hired him to teach physics. He served for eight years as academic director of the U.S. Physics Team that competes in the International Physics Olympiad each summer and has also served as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He retired in 2002 to concentrate on teaching, writing, ranching, and playing golf.

Gregory E. Francis

Greg Francis is first and foremost a teacher. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University he taught recitation sections normally reserved for graduate students. Later as a graduate student studying plasma physics at MIT he regularly found opportunities to teach classes normally reserved for research faculty. After finishing his doctorate in 1987 he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Although his day job gave him the opportunity to work with world-class scientists on exciting problems, he found that he really preferred his night job, teaching physics classes at the local community college. In 1990, Greg joined the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Washington-Seattle, learning the "science" of effective physics teaching. Since 1992 Greg has continued to experiment with active learning approaches in large introductory classes at Montana State University where he is currently an Associate Professor of Physics.