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Physics: A Conceptual World View 7th Edition

Larry Kirkpatrick, Gregory E. Francis

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  • Previous Editions 2007, 2001, 1995
  • 688 Pages
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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.

Larry Kirkpatrick, Montana State University

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, Montana State University

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
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PowerLecture with JoinIn™ Student Response System

ISBN: 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: 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.

Problem Solving

ISBN: 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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