The Sciences: An Integrated Approach / Edition 6by James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen
This text provides an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of science for both majors and non-majors with the goal that students learn basic scientific principles that will be applicable to the world around them. Basic scientific principles are covered, including Newton's laws, the laws of thermodynamics, the equivalence of electricity and magnetism, the atomic… See more details below
This text provides an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of science for both majors and non-majors with the goal that students learn basic scientific principles that will be applicable to the world around them. Basic scientific principles are covered, including Newton's laws, the laws of thermodynamics, the equivalence of electricity and magnetism, the atomic structure of all matter, and an optional chapter on the theory of relativity. Subsequent sections cover physics, astronomy, cosmology, geology, biology, chemistry, ecology, genetics, evolution, and biotechnology. Review and discussion questions, problems, investigations, and lists of readings and websites conclude each chapter. Hazen teaches earth sciences at George Mason U., where Trefil teaches physics.
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Table of Contents
1. Science: A Way of Knowing: How do you know what you know?
2. The Ordered Universe: Why do planets appear to wander slowly across the sky?
3. Energy: Why must animals eat to stay alive?
4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Why is it easier to make an omelet from an egg than to make an egg from an omelet?
5. Electricity and Magnetism: What is lightning?
6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation: What is color?
7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Can a human ever travel faster than the speed of light, at “warp speed”?
8. The Atom: Why are there so many different materials in the world?
9. Quantum Mechanics: How can the electron behave like both a particle and a wave?
10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond: How does blood clot?
11. Materials and Their Properties: How have computers gotten so much faster?
12. The Nucleus of the Atom: How do scientists determine the age of the oldest human fossils?
13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter: How can antimatter be used to probe the human brain?
14. The Stars: How much longer can the Sun sustain life on Earth?
15. Cosmology: Will the universe end?
16. Earth and Other Planets: Is Earth the only planet with life?
17. Plate Tectonics: Can we predict destructive earthquakes?
18. Earth’s Many Cycles: Will we ever run out of fresh water?
19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment: Are human activities affecting the global environment?
20. Strategies of Life: What is life?
21. The Living Cell: What is the smallest living thing?
22. Molecules of Life: What constitutes a healthy diet?
23. Classical and Modern Genetics: Why do offspring resemble their parents?
24. The New Science of Life: Can we cure cancer?
25. Evolution: How did life emerge on the ancient Earth?
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