Physics eBook (5e) : 9780134051802

Physics eBook (5e)

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Intended for algebra-based introductory physics courses.


An accessible, problem-solving approach to physics, grounded in real-world applications

James Walker’s Physics provides students with a solid conceptual understanding of physics that can be expressed quantitatively and applied to the world around them. Instructors and students praise Walker’s Physics for its friendly voice, the author’s talent for making complex concepts understandable, an inviting art program, and the range of excellent homework problems and example-types that provide guidance with problem solving. The 5th Edition includes new “just-in-time” learning aids such as “Big Ideas” to quickly orient students to the overarching principles of each chapter, new Real-World Physics and Biological applications, and a wealth of problem-solving support features to coach students through the process of applying logic and reasoning to problem solving.

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Table of contents
  • Applications in the Text             
  • Preface: To the Instructor        
  • Preface: To the Student             
  • Guide to Features of the Text
  • 1. Introduction to Physics 
  • 2. One-Dimensional Kinematics
  • 3. Vectors in Physics  
  • 4. Two-Dimensional Kinematics
  • 5. Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • 6. Applications of Newton’s Laws 
  • 7. Work and Kinetic Energy
  • 8. Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy 
  • 9. Linear Momentum and Collisions       
  • 10. Rotational Kinematics and Energy             
  • 11. Rotational Dynamics and Static Equilibrium      
  • 12. Gravity            
  • 13. Oscillations About Equilibrium           
  • 14. Waves and Sound               
  • 15. Fluids         
  • 16. Temperature and Heat      
  • 17. Phases and Phase Changes               
  • 18. The Laws of Thermodynamics            
  • 19. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields          
  • 20. Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy 
  • 21. Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits       
  • 22. Magnetism                  
  • 23. Magnetic Flux and Faraday’s Law of Induction           
  • 24. Alternating-Current Circuits                
  • 25. Electromagnetic Waves
  • 26. Geometrical Optics
  • 27. Optical Instruments
  • 28. Physical Optics: Interference and Diffraction
  • 29. Relativity
  • 30. Quantum Physics
  • 31. Atomic Physics
  • 32. Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Radiation
  • Appendices
Features & benefits
Ample “just-in-time” learning aids to help students where they need it, when they need it.


  • NEW! Big Ideas appear on each chapter-opening page to quickly orient students to the overarching principles of each chapter. The Big Ideas are extrapolated in more detail in the chapter margins where they are introduced for the first time in the body of the text.  
  • NEW! Physics in Context calls attention to a related or supporting concept covered in a previous chapter (“Physics in Context: Looking Back”); or alerts a student to a concept to be covered in a future chapter that relates to what they’re reading (“Physics in Context: Looking Ahead”).
  • NEW! Section Reviews briefly synthesise the key ideas covered in the preceding section for a quick at-a-glance summary.
  • NEW! “Enhance Your Understanding” qualitative multiple-choice and ranking questions fall at the end of each Section Review to give students an opportunity to practice what they’ve just learned. Answers are listed at the end of the chapter.
  • NEW! Real-World Physics and Biological applications woven into the text have been updated with fresh, modern, topics relevant to today’s student. These applications bring abstract physics principles to life with real-life examples from the world around us.
  • Problem-Solving Notes highlight useful problem-solving methods while also pointing out common pitfalls and misconceptions.
  • QR codes appear throughout the textbook, enabling students to use a smartphone or tablet to instantly watch interactive videos about relevant demonstrations.


Thorough problem-solving instruction and multiple opportunities for practice

  • NEW! Knowns and Unknowns have been added to worked examples to model how scientists think about setting up a problem before they solve it.
  • NEW! Reasoning and Strategy sections within worked examples offer deeper insight behind the logic used to work through a problem.
  • NEW! Five-step, fully worked Examples have been added to the 5th edition and new scenarios and numbers have replaced ~50% of the existing content. The Examples provide a systematic process for solving problems:
    • Picture the Problem reminds students to visualise the situation, identify and label important quantities, and set up a coordinate system. This step is always accompanied by a figure and free-body diagram when appropriate.
    • Reasoning and Strategy helps students learn to analyse the problem, identify the key physical concepts, and map a plan for the solution, including the addition of Known and Unknown quantities.
    • Solution is presented in a two-column format to help students translate the words of the problem on the left to the equations they will use to solve it on the right.
    • Insight points out interesting or significant features of the problem, solution process, or the result.
    • Practice Problems give students the opportunity to test their understanding and skills on similar problems to the one just worked.
  • NEW! End-of-chapter homework questions include10 new problems per chapter and 15% revised problem sets.
  • NEW! Bio Passage Problems have been thoroughly rewritten or modified to better reflect the new MCAT exam, released in 2015. With a focus on skills and core competencies, rather than rote knowledge, each Bio Passage Problem offers pre-meds opportunities for practicing the types of questions they’ll encounter on the exam.  
  • Conceptual Examples, Exercises, and Quick Examples bridge the fully worked Examples and end-of-chapter homework problems, providing students an opportunity to practice problem solving with some guidance.
  • Interactive Figures, marked with an icon in the text, are designed to be flexible in their application—they can be used in lecture, as a “virtual lab,” or as a component of a homework assignment. By giving direct visual feedback to the student, they help to reinforce what is being learned and to provide an additional pathway of understanding.
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