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Authors: Paul G. Hewitt, Leslie A. Hewitt, John A. Suchocki
ISBN-13: 9780321568090, ISBN-10: 0321568095
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Date Published: October 2009
Edition: 11st Edition

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Author Biography: Paul G. Hewitt

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 the 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. He is the author of Conceptual Physics and a co-author of Conceptual Physical Science and Conceptual Physical Science Explorations (with John and Leslie).

Book Synopsis

Brief Description:

Since defining this course 30 years ago, Paul Hewitt’s best-selling book continues to be the benchmark book that two-thirds of professors use and by which all others are judged. In Conceptual Physics, Eleventh Edition Paul Hewitt shows how a compelling book and the most advanced media can be integrated to empower professors as they bring physics to life for non-science majors, both in and out of class. For the Eleventh Edition, Hewitt helps readers connect physics to their everyday experiences and the world around them, and provides additional help on solving mathematical problems.

Hewitt’s book is famous for engaging readers with analogies and imagery from real-world situations that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. With this strong foundation, readers are better equipped to understand the equations and formulas of physics, and are motivated to explore the thought-provoking exercises and fun projects in each chapter. The new edition features a fresh new design, content that is more focused on physics applications, and updated pedagogical features.

Key Topics:

About Science, Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia, Linear Motion, Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration

Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction, Momentum, Energy, Rotational Motion, Gravity, Projectile and Satellite Motion

Atomic Nature of Matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases and Plasmas, Temperature, Heat and Expansion, Heat Transfer, Change of Phase

Thermodynamics, Vibrations and Waves, Sound, Musical Sounds, Electrostatics, Electric Current, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Properties of Light, Color, Reflection and Refraction, Light Waves, Light Emission, Light Quanta, The Atom and the Quantum, Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Special Theory of Relativity, General Theory of Relativity


Market: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of conceptual physics

Table of Contents

Contents in Detail
Conceptual Physics Photo Album
To the Student
To the Instructor
1About Science2
Pt. 1Mechanics17
2Linear Motion18
3Nonlinear Motion36
4Newton's Laws of Motion56
7Rotational Motion118
9Satellite Motion166
Pt. 2Properties of Matter181
10The Atomic Nature of Matter182
13Gases and Plasmas234
Pt. 3Heat255
14Temperature, Heat, and Expansion256
15Heat Transfer270
16Change of Phase288
Pt. 4Sound323
18Vibrations and Waves324
20Musical Sounds359
Pt. 5Electricity and Magnetism371
22Electric Current398
24Electromagnetic Induction436
Pt. 6Light451
25Properties of Light452
27Reflection and Refraction486
28Light Waves516
29Light Emission541
30Light Quanta559
Pt. 7Atomic and Nuclear Physics577
31The Atom and the Quantum578
32The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity590
33Nuclear Fission and Fusion612
Pt. 8Relativity633
Special Theory of Relativity634
General Theory of Relativity668
App. ASystems of Measurement685
App. BMore About Motion689
App. CGraphing693
App. DMore About Vectors697
App. EExponential Growth and Doubling Time703
Photo Credits727




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