The goal of Essential College Physics is to provide a text focused on essential principles–a shorter, more focused text that better addresses the learning needs of today’s students while more effectively guiding them through the mastery of physics. Brevity does not need to come at the expense of student learning.
This text is designed from the ground up to be concise and focused, resulting in a book less intimidating and easier to use, with well-coordinated explanations, art, worked examples, and end-of-chapter problems. It incorporates an overarching connected approach: connecting ideas within and across chapters; connecting physics with the real world; connecting words and math; and connecting with how today’s students learn and how they use their textbook. In addition to providing a strong foundation that teaches physics principles, the text also focuses on building students’ problem-solving skills. The friendly, integrated approach, combined with the low price, makes Essential College Physics an invaluable textbook choice.
1. Measurements in Physics
2. Motion in One Dimension
3. Motion in Two Dimensions
4. Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion
5. Work and Energy
6. Momentum and Collisions
8. Rotational Motion
10. Solids and Fluids
11. Waves and Sound
12. Temperature, Thermal Expansion, and Ideal Gases
14. The Laws of Thermodynamics
15. Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields
16. Electric Energy, Potential, and Capacitors
17. Electric Current, Resistance, and Circuits
18. Magnetic Fields and Forces
19. Electromagnetic Induction and AC Circuits
20. Electromagnetic Waves and Special Relativity
21. Geometrical Optics
22. Wave Optics
23. Early Modern Physics
24. Atomic Physics
25. Nuclear Physics
26. Elementary Particles
Andrew Rex has been professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound since 1982. He frequently teaches the College Physics course, so he has a deep sense of student and instructor challenges. He is the author of several textbooks, including Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Integrated Physics and Calculus.In addition to textbook writing, he studies foundations of the second law of thermodynamics, which has led to the publication of several papers and the widely acclaimed book Maxwell’s Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing.
Richard Wolfson has been professor of physics at Middlebury College for more than 25 years. In addition to his textbooks, Essential University Physics, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, and Energy, Environment, and Climate, he has written two science books for general audiences: Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology, and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified. His video courses for the Teaching Company include Physics in Your Life and Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists.