Conceptual Physical Science eBook (6e) : 9780134080512

Conceptual Physical Science eBook (6e)

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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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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.

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Table of contents
  • Prologue: The Nature of Science
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 26. The Solar System
  • 27. Stars and Galaxies
  • 28. The Structure of Space and Time


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.


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