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In competitive swimming, the human body becomes an engine. Arms, legs, and back muscles work to propel the swimmer through the water while excess thermal energy conducts away through her skin. She breathes rhythmically to burn the fuel stored in her body, and the resulting chemical energy is partially transformed into mechanical energy of motion. As she strokes smoothly and her arms spear into the water, the reaction force of the water on her body propels her forward. Her swim cap and skin-tight swimsuit help minimize the resistive force of the water. Water is both her ally and enemy: it buoys her up, cools her body, and pushes her forward; at the same time it opposes her every move through drag forces. Years of training leave only one summary result: grace and power in dynamic motion.
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This textbook is designed for a one-year introductory course in physics. The first volume, covering a semester's worth of material, discusses mechanics, thermodynamics, and vibrations and waves. It outlines the basic concepts and principles of the science, emphasizing the application of physics to real-world scenarios and other academic disciplines. Color illustrations are featured throughout. The authors teach, or have taught, physics at various American universities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840062062
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Series: Textbooks Available with Cengage YouBook Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1152
  • Sales rank: 429,494
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond A. Serway received his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College. He received the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. In addition to PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Dr. Serway is the coauthor of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; COLLEGE PHYSICS, Ninth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, playing golf, fishing, gardening, singing in the church choir, and especially spending quality time with their four children, nine grandchildren, and a recent great-grandson.

Chris Vuille is an associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. He received his doctorate in physics at the University of Florida in 1989. While he has taught courses at all levels, including postgraduate, his primary interest and responsibility has been the delivery of introductory physics. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence, including the Senior Class Appreciation Award (three times). He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory and was a participant in the JOVE program, a special three-year NASA grant program during which he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in a number of scientific journals and in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine. In addition to this textbook, he is the coauthor of ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS. Dr. Vuille enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and playing classical piano; he is a former chess champion of St. Petersburg and Atlanta. His wife, Dianne Kowing, is an optometrist for a local VA clinic. Teen daughter Kira Vuille-Kowing is a meteorology/communications double major at ERAU and a recent graduate of her father's first-year physics course. He has two sons--fifteen-year-old Christopher, a cellist and fisherman, and six-year-old James, an avid reader of Disney comics.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Mechanics 1
1 Introduction 2
2 Motion in One Dimension 26
3 Vectors and Two-Dimensional Motion 51
4 The Laws of Motion 74
5 Work and Energy 108
6 Momentum and Collisions 141
7 Circular Motion and the Law of Gravity 170
8 Objects at Rest and Rotational Dynamics 211
9 Solids and Fluids 247
10 Fluids in Motion 278
Pt. 2 Thermodynamics 307
11 Thermal Physics 312
12 Heat 342
13 The Laws of Thermodynamics 369
Pt. 3 Vibrations and Wave Motion 415
14 Vibration and Waves 421
15 Sound 458
Pt. 4 Electricity and Magnetism 495
16 Electric Forces and Electric Fields 501
17 Electrical Energy and Capacitance 535
18 Current and Resistance 569
19 Direct Current Circuits 592
20 Magnetism 626
21 Induced Voltages and Inductance 660
22 Alternating Current Circuits 695
23 Electromagnetic Waves 719
Pt. 5 Light and Optics 743
24 Reflection and Refraction of Light 748
25 Mirrors and Lenses 799
26 Wave Optics 809
27 Optical Instruments 840
Pt. 6 Modern Physics 871
28 Relativity 876
29 Quantum Physics 913
30 Atomic Physics 946
31 Molecules and Solids 984
32 Nuclear Physics 1008
33 Nuclear Physics Applications 1039
34 Elementary Particles 1065
Appendices A.1
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems A.17
Index I.1
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