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Conceptual Physics / Edition 10

Conceptual Physics / Edition 10

by Paul G. Hewitt
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ISBN-13: 9780805391992
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Edition description: 10TH
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 8.55(w) x 11.05(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

To the Student x
Goals, Graphing, Use of the Computer, Lab Reports, Safety in the Physics Laboratory, Emergency Procedures
The laboratory activities and experiments are listed here with the lab topic in italics and the purpose of each lab stated under the title of the lab.
Making Hypotheses Inquiry Method
To practice using observations to make hypotheses.
The Physics 500 Measuring Speed
To compute the average speed of at least three different races and to participate in at least one race.
The Domino Effect Maximizing Average Speed
To investigate the ways in which distance, time, and average speed are interrelated by maximizing the speed of falling dominoes. To become fmiliar with elementary graphing techniques.
Merrily We Roll Along! Acceleration Down an Incline
To investigate the relationship between distance and time for a ball rolling down an incline.
Conceptual Graphing Graphical Analysis of Motion
To make qualitative interpretations of motion from graphs.
Race Track Acceleration
To introduce the concept of constantly changing speed.
Going Nuts Inertia
To explore the concept of inertia.
Buckle Up! Inertia
To demonstrate how Newton's first law of motion is involved in collisions.
Getting Pushy Variables Affecting Acceleration
To investigate the relationship among mass, force, and acceleration.
Constant Force and Changing Mass Mass and Acceleration
To investigate the effect of increases in mass on an accelerating system.
Constant Mass and Changing Force Force and Acceleration
To investigate how increasing the applied force affects the acceleration of a system.
Impact Speed Effect of Air Friction on Falling Bodies
To estimate the speed of a falling object as it strikes the ground.
Balloon Rockets Action and Reaction
To investigate action-reaction relationships.
Tension Action and Reaction
To introduce the concept of tension in a string.
Tug-of-War Action and Reaction
To investigate the tension in a string, the function of a simple pulley, and a simple "tug-of-war."
24-Hour Towing Service Components
To find a technique to move a car when its wheels are locked.
Riding with the Wind Components of Force
To investigate the relationship between the components of the force that propels a sailboat.
Bull's Eye Projectile Motion
To investigate the independence of horizontal and vertical components of motion. To predict the landing point of a projectile.
Bouncing Dart Two-Body Collisions
To investigate the momentum imparted during elastic and inelastic collisions.
Tailgated by a Dart Momentum Conservation
To estimate the speed of an object by applying conservation of momentum to an inelastic collision.
Making the Grade Mechanical Energy
To investigate the force and the distance involved in moving an object up an incline.
Muscle Up! Power
To determine the power that can be produced by various muscles of the human body.
Cut Short Conservation of Energy
To illustrate the principle of conservation of energy with a pendulum.
Conserving Your Energy Conservation of Energy
To measure the potential and kinetic energies of a pendulum in order to see whether energy is conserved.
How Hot Are Your Hot Wheels? Efficiency
To measure the efficiency of a toy car on an inclined track.
Wrap Your Energy in a Bow Energy and Work
To determine the energy transferred into an archer's bow as the string is pulled back.
On a Roll Friction and Energy
To investigate the relationship between the stopping distance and height from which a ball rolls down an incline.
Releasing Your Potential Conservation of Energy
To find quantitative relationships among the height, speed, mass, kinetic energy, and potential energy.
Slip-Stick Coefficients of Friction
To investigate three types of friction and to measure the coefficient of friction for each type.
Going in Circles Centripetal Acceleration
To determine the acceleration of an object at different positions on a rotating turntable.
Where's Your CG? Center of Gravity
To locate your center of gravity.
Torque Feeler Torque
To illustrate the qualitative differences between torque and force.
Weighing an Elephant Balanced Torques
To determine the relationship between masses and distances from the fulcrum for a balanced see-saw.
Keeping in Balance Balanced Torques
To use the principles of balanced torques to find the value of an unknown mass.
Rotational Derby Rotational Inertia
To observe how objects of various shapes and masses roll down an incline and how their rotational inertias affect their rate of rotation.
Acceleration of Free Fall Acceleration of Gravity
To measure the acceleration of an object during free fall with the help of a pendulum.
Computerized Gravity Acceleration of Gravity
To measure the acceleration due to gravity, using the Laboratory Interfacing Disk.
Apparent Weightlessness Free Fall
To observe the effects of gravity on objects in free fall.
Getting Eccentric Elliptical Orbits
To get a feeling for the shapes of ellipses and the locations of their foci by drawing a few.
Trial and Error Kepler's Third Law
To discover Kepler's third law of planetary motion through a procedure of trial and error using the computer.
Flat as a Pancake Diameter of a BB
To estimate the diameter of a BB.
Extra Small The Size of a Molecule
To estimate the size of a molecule of oleic acid.
Stretch Elasticity and Hooke's Law
To verify Hooke's law and determine the spring constants for a spring and a rubber band.
Geometric Physics Scaling
To investigate ratios of surface area to volume.
Eureka! Displacement and Density
To explore the displacement method of finding volumes of irregularly shaped objects and to compare their masses with their volumes.
Sink or Swim Archimedes' Principle and Flotation
To introduce Archimedes' principle and the principle of flotation.
Weighty Stuff Weight of Air
To recognize that air has weight.
Inflation Pressure and Force
To distinguish between pressure and force.
Heat Mixes: Part I Specific Heat of Water
To predict the final temperature of a mixture of cups of water at different temperatures.
Heat Mixes: Part II Specific Heat of Nails
To predict the final temperature of water and nails when mixed.
Antifreeze in the Summer? Specific Heat and Boiling Point
To determine what effect antifreeze (ethylene glycol) has on the cooling of a car radiator during the summer.
Gulf Stream in a Flask Convection
To observe liquid movement due to temperature differences.
The Bridge Connection Linear Expansion of Solids
To calculate the minimum length of the expansion joints for the Golden Gate Bridge.
Cooling Off Comparing Cooling Curves
To compare the rates of cooling of objects of different colors and surface reflectances.
Solar Equality Solar Energy
To Measure the sun's power output and compare it with the power output of a 100-watt light bulb.
Solar Energy Solar Energy
To find the daily amount of solar energy reaching the earth's surface and relate it to the daily amount of solar energy falling on a average house.
Boiling Is a Cooling Process Boiling of Water
To observe water changing its state as it boils and then cools.
Melting Away Heat of Fusion
To measure the heat of fusion for water.
Getting Steamed Up Heat of Vaporization
To determine the heat of vaporization for water.
Moving to Another State Changes of State
To recognize, from a graph of the temperature changes of two systems, that energy is transferred in changing state even though the temperature remains constant.
Work for Your Ice Cream Energy Transfer
To measure the energy transfers occurring during the making and freezing of homemade ice cream.
The Drinking Bird Heat Engines
To investigate the operation of a toy drinking bird.
The Uncommon Cold Estimating Absolute Zero
To use linear extrapolation to estimate the Celsius value of the temperature of absolute zero.
Tick-Tock Period of a Pendulum
To construct a pendulum with a period of one second.
Grandfather's Clock Period of a Pendulum
To investigate how the period of a pendulum varies with its length.
Catch a Wave Superposition
To simulate the addition of waves with a computer.
Ripple While You Work Wave Behavior
To observe wave phenomena in a ripple tank.
Chalk Talk Nature of Sound
To explore the relationship between the sound and the vibrations in a material.
Sound Barrier Speed of Sound
To determine the speed of sound using the concept of resonance.
Shady Business Formation of Shadows
To investigate the nature and formation of shadows.
Absolutely Relative Light Intensity
To investigate how the light intensity varies with distance from the light source.
Shades Polarization
To investigate the effects of polarized light.
Flaming Out Atomic Spectra
To observe the spectra of some metal ions.
Satellite TV Parabolic Reflectors
To investigate a model design for a satellite TV dish.
Images Formation of Virtual Images
To formulate ideas about how reflected light travels to your eyes.
Pepper's Ghost Multiple Reflections
To explore the formation of mirror images by a plate of glass.
The Kaleidoscope Multiple Reflections
To apply the concept of reflection to a mirror system with multiple reflections.
Funland Images Formed by a Curved Mirror
To investigate the nature, position, and size of images formed by a concave mirror.
Camera Obscura Pinhole Camera
To observe images formed by a pinhole camera and to compare images formed with and without a lens.
Lensless Lens Pinhole "Lens"
To investigate the operation of a pinhole "lens."
Bifocals Images Formed by a Convex Lens
To investigate the nature, position, and size of images formed by a converging lens.
Where's the Point? Focal Length of a Diverging Lens
To measure the focal length of a diverging lens.
Air Lens Refraction in Air
To apply knowledge of lenses to a different type of lens system.
Thin Lens Lenses
To explore concave and convex lenses.
Rainbows Without Rain Thin-Film Interference
To observe and develop a hypothesis about a phenomen of light interference.
Static Cling Static Electricity
To observe some of the effects of static electricity.
Sparky, the Electrician Simple Series and Parallel Circuits
To study various arrangements of a battery and bulbs and the effects of those arrangements on bulb brightness.
Brown Out Capacitors
To investigate charging and discharging a capacitor.
Ohm Sweet Ohm Ohm's Law
To investigate how current varies with voltage and resistance.
Getting Wired Current flow through a circuit
To build a model to illustrate electric current.
Cranking Up Series and Parallel Circuits
To compare work done in series and parallel circuits.
3-Way Switch Household Circuits
To explore ways to turn a light bulb on or off from one of two switches.
3-D Magnetic Field Magnetic Field Lines
To explore the shape of magnetic fields.
You're Repulsive Force on Moving Charges
To explore the force on a charge moving through a magnetic field, and the current induced in a conductor moving in a magnetic field.
Jump Rope Generator Electromagnetic Induction
To demonstrate the generator effect of a conductor cutting through the earth's magnetic field.
Particular Waves Photoelectric Effect
To observe the photoelectric effect.
Nuclear Marbles Nuclear Scattering
To determine the diameter of a marble by indirect measurement.
Half Life Half Life
To develop an understanding of half life and radioactive decay.
Chain Reaction Chain Reaction
To simulate a simple chain reaction.
Appendix Significant Figures and Uncertainty in Measurement 317

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Conceptual Physics 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
stevetempo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent text for the teaching of physics from a very conceptual (not so overly mathematical) standpoint. I have used it with great success for the last three years.
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Any intelligent nine year old can and should understand Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt. If you're capable of understanding physics at all, you can understand this book. If you're going to drive a car, you should have a basic knowledge of classical physics. It does not require a great deal of math to understand and predict velocity and momentum. Conceptual Physics is clearly written, entertaining and I have not found any errors. My one complaint is that it does not bring up cancellation of units, which can help students check for errors in their work. For a textbook with a more thorough mathematical grounding, try Sears Zemansky and Young, a classic for something like 50 years. Sears Zemansky and Young is, however, a college textbook for science and engineering majors which requires knowledge of calculus and excellent reading skills and attention span.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please don't get this book. If you have this book and are being forced to study it in school, then I pity you. We are in the same boat. I'm using this book (against my will) in science class in school. I absolutely loved physics in eighth grade, it was so interesting and was my favorite subject. But the physics book I had then was really good. This book is disorganized and confusing. You might think that you understand a chapter, but when you get to the review questions, you feel like you don't know anything at all. It avoids showing equations and algebra, so you don't get a good foundation for science. Some other people might think this book is good, but it's not. Don't buy it!
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