A lively, attractive text/CD-ROM for nonscience majors with no previous college science courses in one- and two-semester courses, covering key concepts without relying on complex mathematics. Physical principles are presented early and also integrated in later chapters, following an "Earth-out" progression. Offers color photos and diagrams, special interest boxes, key terms, and icons noting material related to other chapters. Includes chapter summaries, quizes, discussion questions, problems, and projects. The companion CD-ROM contains a hyperlinked version of the text, animations, videos, a self-scoring study guide, links to a Web site, and a browser. This second edition is more compact. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.