University Physics with Modern Physics in SI Units, Global Edition Mastering Physics with eText (15e) : 9781292321523

University Physics with Modern Physics in SI Units, Global Edition Mastering Physics with eText (15e)

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Guided practice helps students develop into expert problem solvers

The new 15th Edition of University Physics with Modern Physics, now in SI Units, draws on insights from several users to help students see patterns and make connections between problem types. Students learn to recognise when to use similar steps in solving the same problem type and develop an understanding for problem solving approaches, rather than simply plugging values into an equation.

This edition addresses students’ tendency to focus on the objects and situations posed in a problem, rather than recognising the underlying principle or the problem type. New Key Concept statements identify the main idea used in examples to help students recognise the underlying concepts and strategy. New Key Example Variation Problems within new Guided Practice sections group problems by type so students recognise when problems can be solved in similar ways, regardless of wording or numbers.

Table of contents
  • 1. Units, Physical Quantities, and Vectors
  • 2. Motion Along a Straight Line
  • 3. Motion in Two or Three Dimensions
  • 4. Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • 5. Applying Newton’s Laws
  • 6. Work and Kinetic Energy
  • 7. Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
  • 8. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
  • 9. Rotation of Rigid Bodies
  • 10. Dynamics of Rotational Motion
  • 11. Equilibrium and Elasticity
  • 12. Fluid Mechanics
  • 13. Gravitation
  • 14. Periodic Motion
  • 15. Mechanical Waves
  • 16. Sound and Hearing
  • 17. Temperature and Heat
  • 18. Thermal Properties of Matter
  • 19. The First Law of Thermodynamics
  • 20. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • 21. Electric Charge and Electric Field
  • 22. Gauss’s Law
  • 23. Electric Potential
  • 24. Capacitance and Dielectrics
  • 25. Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force
  • 26. Direct-Current Circuits
  • 27. Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces
  • 28. Sources of Magnetic Field
  • 29. Electromagnetic Induction
  • 30. Inductance
  • 31. Alternating Current
  • 32. Electromagnetic Waves
  • 33. The Nature and Propagation of Light
  • 34. Geometric Optics
  • 35. Interference
  • 36. Diffraction
  • 37. Relativity
  • 38. Photons: Light Waves Behaving as Particles
  • 39. Particles Behaving as Waves
  • 40. Quantum Mechanics I: Wave Functions
  • 41. Quantum Mechanics II: Atomic Structure
  • 42. Molecules and Condensed Matter
  • 43. Nuclear Physics
  • 44. Particle Physics and Cosmology
Features & benefits
  • Example Variation Problems in the new Guided Practice section are based on worked examples. They build in difficulty by changing scenarios, swapping knowns and unknowns, and adding complexity to provide a wide range of related problems that use the same basic approach to solve.
  • Key Concept statements appear at the end of every example, providing a summary of the key idea used in the solution to consolidate what was most important and what can be broadly applied to other problems.
  • A research-based problem-solving approach (Identify, Set Up, Execute, Evaluate) teaches students to tackle problems thoughtfully rather than cutting straight to the math. This approach is consistently used not just in every example but also in the Problem-Solving
  • Challenge problems significantly stretch students by requiring sophisticated reasoning, often involving multiple steps or concepts. They are the most difficult problems in each chapter and often involve calculus and the exploration of a topic or application not explicitly covered in the chapter.
  • Cumulative problems promote advanced problem-solving techniques by covering knowledge and skills from previous chapters to be integrated with understanding from the current chapter.
  • Bridging Problems follow the Key Example Variation Problems and help students move from single-concept worked examples to multi-concept homework problems.
  • Learning Outcomes for each section are provided at the start of each chapter to prepare students for the ideas they will explore. Also listed are sections in previous chapters that are important in the upcoming material, helping students connect ideas and build on prior understanding.
  • Test Your Understanding questions at the end of most sections let students check their grasp of the material and use a multiple-choice or ranking-task format to probe for common misconceptions. The answers to these questions are now provided immediately after the question in order to encourage students to try them.
  • Annotated equations illustrate key equations to help students make the connection between a conceptual and a mathematical understanding of physics.
  • Caution paragraphs focus on typical misconceptions and student problem areas.
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