Conceptual Physical Science (6e) : 9780134060491

Conceptual Physical Science (6e)

 
Edition
 
6
ISBN
 
9780134060491
ISBN 10
 
0134060490
Published
 
03/01/2016
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
912
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$306.99
 
 
Title type
 
$60.00
 
 
Description

For one- or two-semester physical science survey courses for non-science majors.

 

Opening the Doors of Science

Conceptual Physical Science provides a conceptual overview of basic, essential topics in physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy with optional quantitative analyses. The authors focus on concepts before computations. With its clear, friendly writing style, and strong integration of the sciences, this book connects well with all students.

 

 

Table of contents
  • Prologue: The Nature of Science
  •  
  • PART 1: PHYSICS
  • 1. Patterns of Motion and Equilibrium
  • 2. Newton's Laws of Motion
  • 3. Momentum and Energy
  • 4. Gravity, Projectiles, and Satellites
  • 5. Fluid Mechanics
  • 6. Temperature, Heat, and Thermodynamics
  • 7. Heat Transfer and Change of Phase
  • 8. Static and Current Electricity
  • 9. Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • 10. Waves and Sound
  • 11. Light
  •  
  • PART 2: CHEMISTRY
  • 12. Atoms and the Periodic Table
  • 13. The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
  • 14. Elements of Chemistry
  • 15. How Atoms Bond and Molecules Attract
  • 16. Mixtures
  • 17. How Chemicals React
  • 18. Two Classes of Chemical Reactions
  • 19. Organic Compounds
  •  
  • PART 3: EARTH SCIENCE
  • 20. Rocks and Minerals
  • 21. Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Interior
  • 22. Shaping Earth’s Surface
  • 23. Geologic Time—Reading the Rock Record
  • 24. The Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climatic Effects       
  • 25. Driving Forces of Weather
  •  
  • PART 4: ASTRONOMY
  • 26. The Solar System
  • 27. Stars and Galaxies
  • 28. The Structure of Space and Time

 

New to this edition
New and updated features
  • Authors have made content updates to astronomy, earth science, and chemistry where necessary to maintain the currency of the material.
  • Video tutorials include screencasts created by the authors to help students arrive in class prepared. These video lessons complement chapter material by giving students the context they need to read with greater understanding. In the print book, these are accessible by scanning a QR code with a portable device such as a smartphone; in the eBook, users can click on the video icon.
  • Learning objectives are now placed at the start of each chapter. An Explain This question still appears beneath each section heading–students should be able to answer this after having read the chapter section.
  • Updated! Boxed essays are revised throughout the text as needed, with optional topics explored in more detail. Figuring Physical Science boxes walk the student through a mathematical analysis of the concepts presented in the narrative.
    • Updated! “FYI” side notes highlight applications of the concepts.
    • Updated! Insights that are brief and insightful comments identified by an LED light blub.
  • End-of-chapter material organized around Bloom’s taxonomy has been updated with 150 new questions added. Existing questions have been reviewed for accuracy and clarity. Exercises are now segregated by chapter sections, which should facilitate homework assignments.

 

Content Updates

  • Fuel-cell technology coupled with photovoltaic panels in Chapter 3
  • Geothermal heating or cooling of homes in Chapter 8
  • Trans-fats now discussed in Chapter 12
  • A new subsection on thorium nuclear reactors in Chapter 13
  • The concept of enthalpy introduced in Chapter 17
  • Updates on global climate change and ocean acidification in Chapters 18 and 24
  • A major revision of atmospheric moisture in Section 25.1
  • A new presentation of nebula and discussions of the internal and external structure of the Sun and deeper detail on the non-planetary bodies such as the asteroids, trojans, greeks, hildas, centaurs, and KBO’s, with updated images and discussions of comet 67P, Vesta, Ceres, and the Pluto system in Chapter 27
  • Updates on cosmology and the latest on dark matter and dark energy in Chapter 28
  • A new chapter section on Einstein’s special theory of relativity that now follows the general relativity section.

 

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  • More end-of-chapter questions are coded in a multiple choice format for easy assignability in MasteringPhysics.
  • NEW! Pre-lecture Videos are linked from within the text to MasteringPhysics.
  • NEW! Screen casts are now integrated into the eText with this edition. QR codes in the text provide links to this learning tools.
  • Learning Catalytics™ provides questions perfectly adapted to the text’s coverage and its philosophy, available for in class activities.

 

Features & benefits
  • A student-centred writing style weaves real-world examples and applications into the text to capture students' attention and give them context.
  • Engaging art makes rigorous scientific concepts less intimidating and easier to grasp. 
  • “Link To” boxes interspersed throughout the chapters connect key concepts to everyday life experiences and promote discussion of relevant topics like the environment and geology.
  • Readiness Assurance Tests at the end of each chapter function as signposts for the student to assess their grasp of important concepts.
  • NEW! Learning objectives are now placed at the start of each chapter. An Explain This question still appears beneath each section heading–students should be able to answer this after having read the chapter section.
  • Updated! Boxed essays are revised throughout the text as needed, with optional topics explored in more detail. Figuring Physical Science boxes walk the student through a mathematical analysis of the concepts presented in the narrative.
    • Updated! “FYI” side notes highlight applications of the concepts.
    • Updated! Insights that are brief and insightful comments identified by an LED light blub.
  • NEW! End-of-chapter material organised around Bloom’s taxonomy has been updated with 150 new questions added. Existing questions have been reviewed for accuracy and clarity. Exercises are now segregated by chapter sections, which should facilitate homework assignments.

 

Author biography

Paul G. Hewitt

Former silver-medal boxing champion, sign painter, uranium prospector, and soldier, Paul began college at the age of 27, with the help of the GI Bill. He pioneered the conceptual approach to teaching physics at City College of San Francisco. He has taught as a guest teacher at various middle schools and high schools, the University of California at both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses, and the University of Hawaii at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. He also taught for 20 years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which honored him with its Outstanding Educator Award in 2000.

 

John A. Suchocki

John is the author of Conceptual Chemistry as well as a co-author (with Paul and Leslie Hewitt) of Conceptual Physical Science Explorations. John obtained his Ph.D in organic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and then at Leeward Community College. In addition to authoring textbooks, John is currently an adjunct faculty member at St. Michael’s College in Coldchester, Vermont.

 

Leslie A. Hewitt

Leslie is also coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science Explorations (with Paul and John). After obtaining her geology degree at San Francisco State University, Leslie’s interest in teaching broadened to include educating elementary and middle school students. She completed additional graduate work in geography and education, receiving her California State Teaching Certification, also from San Francisco State University. In addition to writing, she devotes considerable time and energy to bringing science education to young people in engaging ways.