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An Introduction to Physical Science, 14th Edition

  • James T. Shipman Ohio University
  • Jerry D. Wilson Lander University
  • Charles A. Higgins, Jr. Middle Tennessee State University
  • Omar Torres College of the Canyons
  • ISBN-10: 1305079132  |  ISBN-13: 9781305079137
  • 800 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2009, 2009
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

Consistent with previous editions of AN INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE, the goal of the new Fourteenth Edition is to stimulate students’ interest in and gain knowledge of the physical sciences. Presenting content in such a way that students develop the critical reasoning and problem-solving skills that are needed in an ever-changing technological world, the authors emphasize fundamental concepts as they progress through the five divisions of physical sciences: physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, and geology. Ideal for a non-science major’s course, topics are treated both descriptively and quantitatively, providing instructors the flexibility to emphasize whichever approach works best for their students.

Features and Benefits

  • Did You Know – Each chapter begins with key questions and their accompanying sections to help quickly orient students and introduce them to the central ideas of the chapter.
  • Facts – Each chapter begins with a list of Facts--a brief description of pertinent, interesting, and user-friendly items regarding concepts and topics to be covered in the chapter.
  • Preview Questions – A short set of preview questions ask about important topics that will be covered in the following section.
  • Did You Learn? – A short set of questions that reviews what the student should know after reading a section.
  • Conceptual Question and Answer – Throughout the chapter, these test student comprehension with a Conceptual question, often related to an everyday application, and give the answer, which reinforces the topic of the text.
  • Highlights – These are in-depth discussions of pertinent chapter topics and their applications to real-world examples or historical importance.
  • Confidence Exercises – Following all examples, Confidence Exercises are similar or related exercises that give students an opportunity to test their understanding of the example. Answers are given at the back of the book.
  • Visual Connections – Each chapter ends with a visual representation of an idea that students must complete with written words to reinforce the connection between a greater concept and its smaller parts.
  • End-of-the-Chapter Material – For homework assignments or review, end-of-chapter material contains a variety of choices, including: Key Terms with associated Matching Questions; Applying Your Knowledge questions, which involve conceptual and practical applications of material covered in the chapter and everyday topics relevant to the subject matter and challenge the student to apply the concepts learned.
  • Additional review sections include: Multiple Choice Questions, Fill-in-the-Blank Questions, Short Answer Questions, and Exercises. For immediate feedback, some answers are provided at the back of the book.

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Measurement.
2. Motion.
3. Force and Motion.
4. Work and Energy.
5. Temperature and Heat.
6. Waves and Sound.
7. Optics and Wave Effects.
8. Electricity and Magnetism.
9. Atomic Physics.
10. Nuclear Physics.
11. The Chemical Elements.
12. Chemical Bonding.
13. Chemical Reactions.
14. Organic Chemistry.
15. Place and Time.
16. The Solar System.
17. Moons and Small Solar System Bodies.
18. The Universe.
19. The Atmosphere.
20. Atmospheric Effects.
21. Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics.
22. Minerals, Rocks, and Volcanoes.
23. Surface Processes.
24. Geologic Time.
Appendix A. The Seven Base Units of the International System of Units (SI)
Appendix B. Solving Mathematical Problems in Science.
Appendix C. Equation Rearrangement.
Appendix D. Analysis of Units.
Appendix E. Positive and Negative Numbers.
Appendix F. Powers-of-10 Notation.
Appendix G. Significant Figures.
Appendix H. Psychrometric Tables (pressure: 30 in. of Hg).
Appendix I. Seasonal Star Charts.
Answers to Confidence Exercises.
Answers to Selected Questions.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Each chapter contains a new Did You Know? feature identifying especially interesting science facts to engage students' interest in the material they are preparing to read.
  • All Highlight boxes and Conceptual Question and Answer boxes are now numbered within each chapter and can be referenced in the Chapter Outline. All of the chapters contain many new photographs that are relatable to students.
  • Chapter 2 has a new Highlight, "Terminal Velocity – Don't Fail Me Now!" showcasing Felix Baumgartner's jump from the stratosphere.
  • Chapter 5 has new text on thermometers and their applications, including an accompanying Conceptual Question and Answer. There is also a new Highlight, "Human Body Temperature," discussing "normal" human body temperature, as well as its extremes.
  • Chapter 10 features a new Highlight, "Pebble-bed Gas Reactor," discussing possibly the next generation of nuclear reactors and how they work. Section 10.8 on Elementary Particles has been amended to include the Higgs-Boson and the resulting Nobel Prize award to Peter Higgs.
  • Chapter 11 features a new Highlight, "Are There Really 98 Naturally Occurring Elements?" to better explain this question to students.
  • Chapter 12 has a new table, "Predicted Molecular Shapes Using VSEPR," summarizing various molecular geometries. Chapter 14 features a new discussion on 2,2,4-Trimethylpentane, including a new Highlight, "Octane Rating."
  • Chapter 15 has a new Conceptual Question and Answer to clarify 3-D coordinates and some new text on geographic poles. Chapter 15 also has a new Highlight, "Time Traveler" to explain the International Date Line.
  • Chapter 16 contains updates to information on Mars according to recent explorations.
  • Chapter 17 is updated with recent discoveries, especially relating to the moons of Saturn and Pluto, and features the latest photo of the nucleus of a comet.
  • Chapter 18 contains astronomical updates, including changes to Hubble's constant and the estimated age of the universe.
  • Chapter 19 has a new Highlight, "Human Body Pressures: Blood and Intraocular," as part of the discussion of atmospheric measurements.
  • Chapter 20 contains new material on recent meteorological events and a discussion of the hurricane rating system.
  • Chapter 21 has new information on the interior structure of the Earth based on recent studies, as well as a revised explanation of the forces involved in plate tectonics.
  • Chapter 22 has a new Conceptual Question and Answer on cutting diamonds and features an updated figure with an expanded view of the rock cycle.
  • Chapter 24 has updates to the geologic time calendar.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

James T. Shipman

Dr. James T. Shipman was a long-time physics educator at Ohio University, his alma mater, and was Professor Emeritus until his passing in 2009.

Jerry D. Wilson

Jerry Wilson received his physics degrees from Ohio University (B.S., Ph.D.) and Union College in Schenectady, New York (M.S.). In addition to co-writing PHYSICS LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS, he is one of the original authors of the first edition of AN INTRODUCTION OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (published in 1971) and has several other physics textbooks to his credit. Wilson is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Charles A. Higgins, Jr.

Chuck Higgins received his B.S. degree in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1988 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees form the University of Florida in 1996. Areas of interest and research include planetary radio astronomy and astronomy education and public outreach. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Middle Tennessee State University in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. He is the 2007-8 recipient of the MTSU Outstanding Teacher Award, and is also the recipient of the NASA Excellence in Outreach Award for his work on NASA's Radio Jove Project in 2005.

Omar Torres

Omar Torres received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1998 and his graduate degree in Inorganic Chemistry from UCLA in 2001. He has experience in teaching, research (inorganic, organic, and analytical) and academic administration. Professor Torres taught both inorganic and organic chemistry at UCLA, where he earned two UCLA Department of Chemistry Awards for Excellence in Teaching for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 school years. In addition, Professor Torres has worked at the Dow Chemical Company (Freeport, TX) in the area of Analytical Quality Control, developing and implementing new technologies for various plant operators and analytical scientists. He is currently Dean of Science at the College of the Canyons.