Conceptual Physics by Pearson


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Intended for non-science majors Physics Courses.

Since defining this course 30 years ago, Paul Hewitt’s best-selling text continues as the benchmark by which all others are judged. In Conceptual Physics Twelfth Edition Paul Hewitt makes physics interesting, understandable and relevant for non-science majors. The Twelfth Edition will delight students with informative and fun Hewitt-Drew-It screencasts, updated content and applications.

Hewitt’s text is guided by the principle of “concepts before calculations” and is famous for engaging students with analogies and imagery from the real-world that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics.

This program presents a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students.

Prepare for lecture: NEW! 100 Hewitt-Drew-It screencasts, authored and narrated by Paul Hewitt, explain physics concepts through animation and narration. The exciting new Screencasts, accessed through QR codes in the textbook, will enable students to engage with the physics concepts more actively outside of class.
Make physics delightful: Relevant and accessible narrative, analogies from real-world situations and simple representations of the underlying mathematical relationships make physics more appealing to students.
Build a strong conceptual understanding of physics: Students gain a solid understanding of physics through practice and problem solving in the book.
Features Make physics delightful
NEW! Updated applications are available for digital technology, environment and energy. These topics are at the forefront of everyone’s consciousness these days and an intelligent awareness of their scientific foundations will give rise to better decision making in the political arena.
NEW! A new interior design provides an attractive, fresh and accessible new look, updating a classic text to be even more student friendly.
An extensive full-color figure and photo program includes the author’s hallmark cartoons, which are both approachable and informative.
Fun and easy-to-perform projects involve students in the scientific process of exploration and observation.
Insight boxes provide short snippets of information about how topics in the text relate to real-life situations, experiments and other parts of the book.
Enhanced coverage of topics in energy and environment are included and help to keep students aware of current events.

Table of Contents
1. About Science

I. Mechanics

2. Newton’s First Law of Motion: Inertia

3. Linear Motion

4. Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Force and Acceleration

5. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action and Reaction

6. Momentum

7. Energy

8. Rotational Motion

9. Gravity

10. Projectile and Satellite Motion

II. Properties of Matter

11. Atomic Nature of Matter

12. Solids

13. Liquids

14. Gases and Plasmas

III. Heat

15. Temperature, Heat and Expansion

16. Heat Transfer

17. Change of Phase

18. Thermodynamics

IV. Sound

19. Vibrations and Waves

20. Sound

21. Musical Sounds

V. Electricity and Magnetism

22. Electrostatics

23. Electric Current

24. Magnetism

25. Electromagnetic Induction

VI. Light

26. Properties of Light

27. Color

28. Reflection and Refraction

29. Light Waves

30. Light Emission

31. Light Quanta

VII. Atomic and Nuclear Physics

32. The Atom and the Quantum

33. Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

34. Nuclear Fission and Fusion

VIII. Relativity

35. Special Theory of Relativity

36. General Theory of Relativity


A. Systems of Measurement

B. More About Motion

C. Graphing

D. More About Vectors

E. Exponential Growth and Doubling Time

Additional information

Weight3.13 kg
Dimensions10.7 × 8.3 × 1.4 m

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