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Schad successfully leads students on an exploration of key physical concepts and their applications in the four disciplines of physical science. By repeatedly linking the fundamental discoveries and ideas of physics and their applications in other fields, the author helps students see the underlying simplicity and unity of nature, and presents a balanced coverage of topics. Schad writes conceptually and descriptively, introducing mathematical formula and sample problems (with answers) with discretion. Features include global surveys, boxes to introduce students to the frontiers of science, and original art and diagrams.
PART ONE: THE UNIVERSE—AN OVERVIEW 1. The Physical World 2. The Universe of Space 3. The Universe of Time 4. The Universe of Matter PART TWO: THE MECHANICAL UNIVERSE 5. Motion and Gravity 6. Energy 7. Heat 8. Waves PART THREE: THE WORLD OF THE ATOM 9. Electric Charge 10. Electricity and Magnetism 11. Light and the Atom 12. The Inner Atom PART FOUR: OVERARCHING CONCEPTS 13. Relativity 14. Quantum Mechanics 15. The Periodic Table 16. Plate Tectonics 17. Cosmic Evolution Epilogue: Our Fragile Earth / Appendix / Glossary / Index