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An Introduction to Physical Science, Hybrid 13th Edition

James T. Shipman, Jerry D. Wilson, Charles A. Higgins, Jr.

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  • 792 Pages


Consistent with previous editions of An Introduction to Physical Science, the goal of the new Thirteenth 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 majors course, topics are treated both descriptively and quantitatively, providing instructors the flexibility to emphasize an approach that works best for their students. This briefer, paperbound version does not contain the end-of-chapter problems, which can be assigned in Enhanced WebAssign, the online homework and learning system for this book. Access to Enhanced WebAssign and an eBook version is included with this Hybrid version. The eBook is the full version of the text, with all end-of-chapter questions and problem sets.

James T. Shipman, Ohio University

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, Lander University

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., Middle Tennessee State University

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.
  • NEW CourseMate study and practice materials! Cengage Learning's online platform is the simplest way to bring course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the new edition of Shipman. CourseMate includes an eBook along with animations and videos developed specifically for chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology topics, flashcards, concept and math review quizzing, and more.
  • NEW Hybrid version now available! Featuring the same content and coverage as the full text along with our integrated digital homework solution, Enhanced WebAssign with the Cengage YouBook, the Hybrid version offers unparalleled value. Now your students can have a more interactive learning experience, with the convenience of a text that is both brief and affordable. Cengage YouBook offers instructors the easiest means to quickly personalize course materials, including embedding videos, original material, and section level customization.
  • NEW Conceptual Questions and Answers allow students to quiz themselves on concepts as they read the text. This feature is often followed by additional questions that students can explore for further study.
  • NEW Preview Questions and Did You Learn? Sections! Each chapter section begins with two Preview Questions that ask about principles and concepts that should be learned in studying the section. Each section ends with two Did You Learn? statements which answer the associated Preview Questions. These questions act as a final reminder to the student of important points of the section.
  • Additional review sections include: Multiple Choice Questions, Fill-in-the-Blank Questions, Short Answer Questions, and Exercises.
  • 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.
  • Highlights – These are in-depth discussions of pertinent chapter topics that help expand student knowledge; e.g. United States and Europe: Different Voltages, which explains why different voltages are used and some of the ramifications. Also it is noted that different electrical plugs are used in different parts of the world and a photo of plugs is shown.
  • Applying Your Knowledge – These questions 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.
  • Visual Connections – Recognizing that many students are visual learners we have increased the visual appeal and accessibility of this edition with new and more color photos and an updated art program.
  • 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, designed to test students' ability to match an appropriate statement with each alphabetically labeled key term, thus insuring a proper review of key concepts. For immediate feedback, answers are provided at the back of the book. On-the-Web sections are integrated with CourseMate, presenting topics and questions for further study with links to various websites and resources for reference. Students can print or email their responses to a professor within the browser.
The Physical Sciences. Scientific Investigation. The Senses. Highlight: The "Face" on Mars. Standard Units and Systems of Units. Conceptual Question and Answer: Time and Time Again. More on the Metric System. Derived Units and Conversion Factors. Significant Figures. Highlight: Is Unit Conversion Important? It Sure Is.
Defining Motion. Speed and Velocity. Acceleration. Highlight: Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Conceptual Question and Answer: And the Winner Is . . . ? Acceleration in Uniform Circular Motion. Projectile Motion. Conceptual Question and Answer: Hanging in There.
Force and Net Force. Newton''s First Law of Motion. Newton''s Second Law of Motion. Conceptual Question and Answer: Fundamental Is Fundamental. Newton''s Third Law of Motion. Newton''s Law of Gravitation. Highlight: The Automobile Air Bag. Conceptual Question and Answer: A Lot of Mass. Archimedes'' Principle and Buoyancy. Conceptual Question and Answer: Float the Boat. Highlight: Surface Tension, Water Striders, and Soap Bubbles. Momentum.
Work. Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy. Conservation of Energy. Power. Forms of Energy and Consumption. Highlight: Ice That Burns x. Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources. Highlight: Hybrids and Hydrogen.
Temperature. Heat. Highlight: Freezing from the Top Down. Specific Heat and Latent Heat. Heat Transfer. Phases of Matter. The Kinetic Theory of Gases. Highlight: Hot Gases: Aerosol Cans and Popcorn. Thermodynamics.
Waves and Energy Propagation. Wave Properties. Light Waves. Sound Waves. Highlight: Noise Exposure Limits. The Doppler Effect. Standing Waves and Resonance.
Reflection. Refraction and Dispersion. Highlight: The Rainbow: Dispersion and Internal Reflection. Spherical Mirrors. Lenses. Polarization. Diffraction and Interference. Highlight: Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs).
Electric Charge, Electric Force, and Electric Field. Current, Voltage, and Electrical Power. Highlight: United States and Europe: Different Voltages. Simple Electric Circuits and Electrical Safety. Highlight: Electrical Effects on Humans. Magnetism. Electromagnetism. Highlight: Magnetic North Pole.
Early Concepts of the Atom. The Dual Nature of Light. Highlight: Albert Einstein. Bohr Theory of the Hydrogen Atom. Microwave Ovens, X-Rays, and Lasers. Highlight: The X-Ray CAT Scan and MRI. Heisenberg''s Uncertainty Principle. Matter Waves. Highlight: Electron Microscopes. The Electron Cloud Model of the Atom.
Symbols of the Elements. The Atomic Nucleus. Radioactivity and Half-Life. Highlight: The Discovery of Radioactivity. Nuclear Reactions. Nuclear Fission. Highlight: Number of Naturally-Occurring Elements--A Quandary. Nuclear Fusion. Effects of Radiation. Elementary Particles. Highlight: Nuclear Power and Waste Disposal.
Classification of Matter. Discovery of the Elements. Highlight: Berzelius (the man), and Selenium and Silicon (the elements). Occurrence of the Elements. The Periodic Table. Naming Compounds. Groups of Elements.
Law of Conservation of Mass. Highlight: Lavoisier, "The Father of Chemistry." Law of Definite Proportions. Dalton''s Atomic Theory. Ionic Bonding. Highlight: Automatic Sunglasses. Covalent Bonding. Hydrogen Bonding.
Balancing Chemical Equations. Energy and Rate of Reaction. Highlight: The Chemistry of Air Bags. Acids and Bases. Highlight: The Chemistry of Tooth Decay. Single-Replacement Reactions. Avogadro''s Number.
Bonding in Organic Compounds. Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Aliphatic Hydrocarbons. Highlight: Tanning in the Shade. Derivatives of Hydrocarbons. Highlight: Veggie Gasoline? Synthetic Polymers. Biochemistry.
Cartesian Coordinates. Latitude and Longitude. Highlight: Global Positioning System (GPS). Time. Determining Latitude and Longitude. Highlight: Daylight Saving Time. The Seasons and the Calendar. Precession of the Earth''s Axis. Highlight: A Brief History of the Calendar
The Solar System and Planetary Motion. Major Planet Classifications and Orbits. The Planet Earth--Third Planet from the Sun. The Terrestrial Planets. The Jovian Planets. Highlight: Solar System Exploration: Gravity Assists. The Dwarf Planets. The Origin of the Solar System. Other Planetary Systems. Highlight: The Kepler Mission.
Features of the Earth''s Moon. Lunar Motion Effects: Phases, Eclipses, and Tides. Highlight: Seeing Only One Side of the Moon. Moons of the Terrestrial Planets. Moons of the Jovian Planets. Moons of the Dwarf Planets. Highlight: Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs). Small Solar System Bodies: Asteroids, Meteoroids, Comets, and Interplanetary Dust.
The Celestial Sphere. The Sun: Our Closest Star. Classifying Stars. Highlight: Determining Astronomical Distances. The Life Cycle of Low-Mass Stars. The Life Cycle of High-Mass Stars. Galaxies. Cosmology. Highlight: The Age of the Universe.
Composition and Structure. Atmospheric Energy Content. Highlight: Blue Skies and Red Sunsets. Highlight: The Greenhouse Effect. Atmospheric Measurements and Observations. Air Motion. Clouds. Highlight: Cloud Families and Types.
Condensation and Precipitation. Air Masses. Highlight: El Niño (the Little Boy) and La Niña (the Little Girl). Storms. Conceptual Question and Answer: What a Thundersnow! Conceptual Question and Answer: Snowy Cold. Highlight: Wind Chill Temperature Index. Atmospheric Pollution. Conceptual Question and Answer: A Laughing Matter. Highlight: Naming Hurricanes. Conceptual Question and Answer: There She Blows. Climate and Pollution. Conceptual Question and Answer: Ruminating up Some CH4. Highlight: The Ozone Hole and Global Warming.
The Earth''s Interior Structure. Continental Drift and Seafloor Spreading. Plate Tectonics. Highlight: Crustal Motion on Other Planets and Moons. Plate Motion and Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Highlight: Earthquake Risk in North America. Crustal Deformation and Mountain Building. Highlight: Deadly Tsunamis.
Minerals. Rocks. Igneous Rocks. Igneous Activity and Volcanoes. Highlight: Making Gold in an Active Volcano. Sedimentary Rocks. Metamorphic Rocks.
Weathering. Erosion. Groundwater. Highlight: The Earth''s Largest Crystals. Shoreline and Seafloor Topography. Highlight: The Highest Tides in the World.
Fossils. Highlight: How Fossils Are Formed. Relative Geologic Time. Radiometric Dating. The Age of the Earth. The Geologic Time Scale. Highlight: The K-T Event: The Disappearance of the Dinosaurs.

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