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ISBN-13: 978-1111572051 ISBN-10: 1111572054 Edition: 8th

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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111572054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111572051
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Raymond A. Serway received his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College. He received the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. In addition to PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Dr. Serway is the coauthor of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; COLLEGE PHYSICS, Ninth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, playing golf, fishing, gardening, singing in the church choir, and especially spending quality time with their four children, nine grandchildren, and a recent great-grandson.

John W. Jewett, Jr., earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Drexel University and his doctorate at Ohio State University, specializing in optical and magnetic properties of condensed matter. Dr. Jewett began his academic career at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where he taught from 1974 to 1984. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Through his teaching career, Dr. Jewett has been active in promoting science education. In addition to receiving four National Science Foundation grants, he helped found and direct the Southern California Area Modern Physics Institute (SCAMPI) and Science IMPACT (Institute for Modern Pedagogy and Creative Teaching). Dr. Jewett's honors include the Stockton Merit Award at Richard Stockton College in 1980, selection as Outstanding Professor at California State Polytechnic University for 1991-1992, and the Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in 1998. In 2010, he received an Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University in recognition of his contributions in physics education. He has given over 100 presentations both domestically and abroad, including multiple presentations at national meetings of the AAPT. Dr. Jewett is the author of THE WORLD OF PHYSICS: MYSTERIES, MAGIC, AND MYTH, which provides many connections between physics and everyday experiences. In addition to his work on PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, he is the coauthor for PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition, as well as GLOBAL ISSUES, a four-volume set of instruction manuals in integrated science for high school. Dr. Jewett enjoys playing keyboard with his all-physicist band, traveling, and collecting antique quack medical devices that can be used as demonstration apparatus in physics lectures. Most importantly, he relishes spending time with his wife Lisa and their children and grandchildren.

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Raymond A. Serway received his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 1990, he received the Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, Sam Marshall. Dr. Serway is the coauthor of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, 4e; PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, 7e; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, 3e; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, playing golf, gardening, singing in the church choir, and spending quality time with their four children and eight grandchildren.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Physicsteacher on October 10, 2011
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The text hybrid printed on the book is a fallacy: it suggests that it has something more than the normal issue. Unfortunately, the opposite is true: this book does not contain the exercices!
Instead, at the end of each chapter you will find a text that you can get them on some web page, which requires registration, and they kindly guarantee that even if you fail your exam, you will be able to access exercices next year.
In my opinion, a physics book should contain exercices that a student can solve using paper and pencil. Password protecting them, and making them available only if the student has online access greatly reduces its usefulness.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Canadian Engineer on February 2, 2012
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This textbook is hellacious. I suppose it would be ok if you already have a sound understanding of physics but this text has no place in a university level introductory physics course. This text was required for my intro physics course so I bought it and struggled like crazy. I am the type of person who learns from examples and this text is sorely lacking in worked examples. Formulas appear often without any explanation and the notation this book uses is not consistent or intuitive. Very difficult and frustrating to learn from. Based on another review I purchased another text called University Physics University Physics with Modern Physics with MasteringPhysics® (13th Edition) and found it to be exponentially better.

I wish I didn't even waste the money on this text. Don't bother with it unless you've got a fair bit of physics under your belt already. Physics is universal, so do yourself a favor and learn out of a better book than this particular one. University Physics is one of the best textbooks I own, whereas my copy of this title will be going to the used bookstore.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dane on May 1, 2013
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This book does an absolute terrible job in explaining how to solve various physics problems and doesn't even have the homework problems in the book. You have to pay extra to go online and to do homework. Even if you have the right answer for the homework it may not necessarily say its right because it's not written in the format they want. The only reason I bought this book is because it was required for my physics class at Purdue Calumet and so far this book along with web assign (the online component) has just been terrible. If you are not required to purchase this book by your class then do yourself a favor and don't buy this. If your an instructor looking for a new book for physics students, do your students a favor and do not get this book or any product that has to do with web assign. Right now my class has an average grade of below 50% and I don't know anyone who has gained anything from the book. Most of us don't even use it any more and have bought other sources to study physics. The only reason why I have it is because I am physically required to have it form my class. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Moliat on October 4, 2011
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The book contains all the information of Volumes 1 and 2 combined, except for the chapter exercises. The only way to access the exercises is through WebAssign, which your Professor and entire class must be using for you to access. If your class is not using WebAssign, there is no way you will be able to access the exercises and engage in active learning.

The book would have been great without this very severe limitation.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Manning on August 31, 2011
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I bought the hybrid (or the 'paperback') version of this book that includes WebAssign and apparently a LOE (lifetime of edition) online book (haven't tried it yet). Anyway, I wanted to mention for anyone wondering as I was, that the hybrid edition is about 300 pages shorter than the 'hardcover' edition; however, it has the same number of chapters. The discrepancy comes from the fact that the hybrid edition does not include the problem sections in the book and redirects the reader to WebAssign to find them (which is why it comes with WebAssign). Thus, if your class is using WebAssign for homework anyway, I recommend this book because it is about $80 cheaper for a softcover...seem worth it?

I can't write about the book at the moment because I haven't read it, but maybe I'll update this in the future if I remember. I just wanted to mention that caveat since it confused me for a while and I ended up taking a shot and trying it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By integral97 on October 17, 2013
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... sad.

There are authors out there that try to help you out. They're there to guide you through nature's rules and see to it that you don't think that when a ball is thrown upward, the acceleration is zero at its maximum height. They want you to love physics. Hewitt, Giancoli, Young, Freedman, Sears/Zaminsky. Looking back, I've read them all now. This author is not one of those authors. He's there to impress his colleagues and other physicists with technicalities. He makes it very clear V=IR is not Ohm's Law - that kind of author. These little technicalities really trickle down throughout the book and manifest themselves in different ways.

I need to be clear and say that technicalities are important to an extent, but when it drastically clutters the big picture, no learning takes place. I was so focused on trying to figure out what the specific gimmick was to the problem I was working on, that I found myself forgetting what I was trying to accomplish or what I learned aside from algebraic gymnastics. It became an inefficient use of time to use the book. Additionally, and this is probably my biggest qualm: he has a very condescending tone. It's like a slap on the wrist. Is his book the end of the universe? No. It's like getting a bad professor - ultimately you are responsible for your own learning so if you're not getting it from this author, you need to get it somewhere else. I did, and it got me into a top-tier university. Now the technicalities are starting to become important (V=IR not being Ohm's Law isn't one of them though - we still refer to it as that).

Good luck everyone.
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