Higher Education

College Physics, Volume 1, 10th Edition

  • Raymond A. Serway James Madison University (Emeritus)
  • Chris Vuille Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • ISBN-10: 1285737032  |  ISBN-13: 9781285737034
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2006
  • © 2015 | 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, Tenth Edition, 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. COLLEGE PHYSICS, Tenth Edition, combines a logical presentation of the physical concepts with a consistent problem-solving strategy that results in true understanding for the student. The new edition features learning objectives for every section of the text, new Warm-Up Exercises to review mathematical and physical concepts that are prerequisites for a given chapter's problems set, and a general preview of the new physics concepts covered, as well as new online tutorials to assist students in understanding how to apply certain key concepts presented in a given chapter. For students planning to take the MCAT exam, the text's exclusive test prep and review tools help them prepare. The new edition is also supported by innovative technologies to enhance your teaching experience and your students' learning.

Features and Benefits

  • Worked Examples. For this tenth edition, all the worked examples were reviewed and many improvements were made. The questions usually require a conceptual response or determination, but they also include estimates requiring knowledge of the relationships between concepts. The answers for the Example Questions can be found at the back of the book.
  • Modern Artwork. Every piece of artwork in the tenth edition is in a modern style that helps express the physics principles at work in a clearer and more precise fashion. Every piece of art is also drawn to make certain that the physical situations presented corresponded exactly to the text discussion at hand.
  • Conceptual Questions. At the end of each chapter, there are approximately a dozen conceptual questions, providing the student with a means of self-testing the concepts presented in the chapter. Some conceptual questions are appropriate for initiating classroom discussions.
  • Problems. All questions and problems for this revision were carefully reviewed to improve their variety, interest, and pedagogical value while maintaining their clarity and quality. An extensive set of problems is included at the end of each chapter.
  • Problem-Solving Strategies. A general problem-solving strategy to be followed by the student is outlined at the end of Chapter 1. This feature helps students identify the essential steps in solving problems and increases their skills as problem solvers.
  • COLLEGE PHYSICS, Tenth Edition, is fully supported by Enhanced WebAssign®, the market-leading online homework system developed by physicists for physicists. This enhanced version includes all quantitative end-of-chapter problems, Warm-Up Exercises, Conceptual Questions, Quick Quizzes, and most Worked Examples. All questions provide targeted feedback, and many provide guided hints to drive students to content mastery. The Quick Prep feature allows instructors to assign essential mathematics examples to bring students "up to speed."

Table of Contents

Part I: MECHANICS.
1. Introduction.
Standards of Length, Mass, and Time. The Building Blocks of Matter. Dimensional Analysis. Uncertainty in Measurement and Significant Figures. Conversion of Units. Estimates and Order-of-Magnitude Calculations. Coordinate Systems. Trigonometry.
2. Motion in One Dimension.
Displacement. Velocity. Acceleration. Motion Diagrams. One-Dimensional Motion with Constant Acceleration. Freely Falling Objects.
3. Vectors and Two-Dimensional Motion.
Vectors and Their Properties. Components of a Vector. Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration in Two Dimensions. Motion in Two Dimensions. Relative Velocity.
4. The Laws of Motion.
Forces. Newton's First Law. Newton's Second Law. Newton's Third Law. Applications of Newton's Laws. Forces of Friction.
5. Energy.
Work. Kinetic Energy and the Work–Energy Theorem. Gravitational Potential Energy. Spring Potential Energy. Systems and Energy Conservation. Power. Work Done by a Varying Force.
6. Momentum and Collisions.
Momentum and Impulse. Conservation of Momentum. Glancing Collisions. Rocket Propulsion.
7. Rotational Motion and the Law of Gravity.
Angular Speed and Angular Acceleration. Rotational Motion Under Constant Angular Acceleration. Relations Between Angular and Linear Quantities. Centripetal Acceleration. Newtonian Gravitation. Kepler's Laws.
8. Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics.
Torque. Torque and the Two Conditions for Equilibrium. The Center of Gravity. Examples of Objects in Equilibrium. Relationship Between Torque and Angular Acceleration. Rotational Kinetic Energy. Angular Momentum.
9. Solids and Fluids.
States of Matter. Density and Pressure. The Deformation of Solids. Variation of Pressure with Depth. Pressure Measurements. Buoyant Forces and Archimedes' Principle. Fluids in Motion. Other Applications of Fluid Dynamics. Surface Tension, Capillary Action, and Viscous Fluid Flow. Transport Phenomena.
Part II: THERMODYNAMICS.
10. Thermal Physics.
Temperature and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics. Thermometers and Temperature Scales. Thermal Expansion of Solids and Liquids. Macroscopic Description of an Ideal Gas. The Kinetic Theory of Gases.
11. Energy in Thermal Processes
Heat and Internal Energy. Specific Heat. Calorimetry. Latent Heat and Phase Change. Energy Transfer. Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases.
12. The Laws of Thermodynamics
Work in Thermodynamic Processes. The First Law of Thermodynamics. Thermal Processes. Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Entropy. Human Metabolism.
Part III: VIBRATIONS AND WAVES.
13. Vibrations and Waves.
Hooke's Law. Elastic Potential Energy. Comparing Simple Harmonic Motion with Uniform Circular Motion. Position, Velocity, and Acceleration as a Function of Time. Motion of a Pendulum. Damped Oscillations. Waves. Frequency, Amplitude, and Wavelength. The Speed of Waves on Strings. Interference of Waves. Reflection of Waves.
14. Sound.
Producing a Sound Wave. Characteristics of Sound Waves. The Speed of Sound. Energy and Intensity of Sound Waves. Spherical and Plane Waves. The Doppler Effect. Interference of Sound Waves. Standing Waves. Forced Vibrations and Resonance. Standing Waves in Air Columns. Beats. Quality of Sound. The Ear.
Appendix A: Mathematics Review.
Appendix B: An Abbreviated Table of Isotopes.
Appendix C: Some Useful Tables.
Appendix D: SI Units.
Answers to Quick Quizzes, Example Questions, Odd-Numbered
Warm-Up Exercises, Conceptual Questions, and Problems.
Index.

What's New

  • New Learning Objectives Added for Every Section. In response to the growing trend across the discipline (and the request of many users), learning objectives were added for every section of this edition. These identify the major concepts in a section and also identify the specific skills/outcomes students should be able to demonstrate if they have a solid understanding of those concepts.
  • New Warm-Up Exercises in Every Chapter. Warm-up exercises appear at the beginning of each chapter's problems set, and were inspired by Chris Vuille's classroom experiences. The warm-up exercises review mathematical and physical concepts that are prerequisites for a given chapter's problems set, and also provide students with a general preview of the new physics concepts covered in a given chapter. By doing the warm-up exercises first, students will have an easier time getting comfortable with the new concepts of a chapter before tackling harder problems.
  • New Online Tutorials. These new online tutorials offer students another training tool to assist them in understanding how to apply certain key concepts presented in a given chapter. The tutorials first present a brief review of the necessary concepts from the text, together with advice on how to solve problems involving them. The student can then attempt to solve one such problem, guided by questions presented in the tutorial. The tutorial automatically scores student responses and presents correct solutions together with discussion. Students can then practice on several additional problems of a similar level, and in some cases go to higher level or related problems, depending on the concepts covered in the tutorial.

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Instructor's Website, Vol 1  (ISBN-10: 130525631X | ISBN-13: 9781305256316)

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College Physics, 10th: Cognero Test Generator Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979044 | ISBN-13: 9781285979045)

Student Solutions Manual with Study Guide, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 1285866258 | ISBN-13: 9781285866253)

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Student Supplements

Student Solutions Manual with Study Guide, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 1285866258 | ISBN-13: 9781285866253)

For Chapters 1-14, this manual contains detailed solutions to approximately twelve problems per chapter. These problems are indicated in the textbook with boxed problem numbers. The manual also features a skills section, important notes from key sections of the text, and a list of important equations and concepts.

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

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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 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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Enhanced WebAssign® International Instant Access Code Homework with e-Book  (ISBN-10: 133729697X | ISBN-13: 9781337296977)

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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.

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.