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Authored by Paul Hewitt, the pioneer of the enormously successful "concepts before computation" approach, Conceptual Physics boosts student success by first building a solid conceptual understanding of physics.

The Three Step Learning Approach makes physics accessible to today's students.

  1. Exploration - Ignite interest with meaningful examples and hands-on activities.
  2. Concept Development - Expand understanding with engaging narrative and visuals, multimedia presentations, and a wide range of concept-development questions and exercises.
  3. Application - Reinforce and apply key concepts with hands-on laboratory work, critical thinking, and problem solving.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133647495
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 940
  • Sales rank: 596,315
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Contents in Detail
Conceptual Physics Photo Album
To the Student
To the Instructor
1 About Science 2
Pt. 1 Mechanics 17
2 Linear Motion 18
3 Nonlinear Motion 36
4 Newton's Laws of Motion 56
5 Momentum 82
6 Energy 100
7 Rotational Motion 118
8 Gravity 142
9 Satellite Motion 166
Pt. 2 Properties of Matter 181
10 The Atomic Nature of Matter 182
11 Solids 197
12 Liquids 215
13 Gases and Plasmas 234
Pt. 3 Heat 255
14 Temperature, Heat, and Expansion 256
15 Heat Transfer 270
16 Change of Phase 288
17 Thermodynamics 304
Pt. 4 Sound 323
18 Vibrations and Waves 324
19 Sound 342
20 Musical Sounds 359
Pt. 5 Electricity and Magnetism 371
21 Electrostatics 372
22 Electric Current 398
23 Magnetism 418
24 Electromagnetic Induction 436
Pt. 6 Light 451
25 Properties of Light 452
26 Color 470
27 Reflection and Refraction 486
28 Light Waves 516
29 Light Emission 541
30 Light Quanta 559
Pt. 7 Atomic and Nuclear Physics 577
31 The Atom and the Quantum 578
32 The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity 590
33 Nuclear Fission and Fusion 612
Pt. 8 Relativity 633
Special Theory of Relativity 634
General Theory of Relativity 668
Epilogue 682
App. A Systems of Measurement 685
App. B More About Motion 689
App. C Graphing 693
App. D More About Vectors 697
App. E Exponential Growth and Doubling Time 703
Glossary 711
Photo Credits 727
Index 729
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