Essential University Physics: Volume 2, Global Edition VitalSource eText (3e) : 9781292102771

Essential University Physics: Volume 2, Global Edition VitalSource eText (3e)

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About the book

For two- and three-semester university physics courses

Just the Essentials

Richard Wolfson’s Essential University Physics, Third Edition is a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and relevant real-life applications in an affordable and streamlined text. Essential University Physics teaches sound problem-solving skills, emphasizes conceptual understanding, and makes connections to the real world. Features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies help students master concepts and solve problems with confidence.

Essential University Physics is offered as two paperback volumes available together or for sale individually.

Table of contents
Volume 1 contains Chapters 1–19.

Volume 2 contains Chapters 20–39.

1. Doing Physics


2. Motion in a Straight Line

3. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions

4. Force and Motion

5. Using Newton’s Laws

6. Work, Energy, and Power

7. Conservation of Energy

8. Gravity

9. Systems of Particles

10. Rotational Motion

11. Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum

12. Static Equilibrium


13. Oscillatory Motion

14. Wave Motion

15. Fluid Motion


16. Temperature and Heat

17. The Thermal Behavior of Matter

18. Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics

19. The Second Law of Thermodynamics


20. Electric Charge, Force, and Field

21. Gauss’s Law

22. Electric Potential

23. Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors

24. Electric Current

25. Electric Circuits

26. Magnetism: Force and Field

27. Electromagnetic Induction

28. Alternating-Current Circuits

29. Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves


30. Reflection and Refraction

31. Images and Optical Instruments

32. Interference and Diffraction


33. Relativity

34. Particles and Waves

35. Quantum Mechanics

36. Atomic Physics

37. Molecules and Solids

38. Nuclear Physics

39. From Quarks to the Cosmos


Appendix A Mathematics

Appendix B The International System of Units (SI)

Appendix C Conversion Factors

Appendix D The Elements

Appendix E Astrophysical Data

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