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PART I: MECHANICS. 1. Physics and Measurement. 2. Motion in One Dimension. 3. Vectors. 4. Motion in Two Dimensions. 5. The Laws of Motion. 6. Circular Motion and Other Applications of Newton's Laws. 7. Energy of a System. 8. Conservation of Energy. 9. Linear Momentum and Collisions. 10. Rotation of a Rigid Object About a Fixed Axis. 11. Angular Momentum. 12. Static Equilibrium and Elasticity. 13. Universal Gravitation. 14. Fluid Mechanics. PART II: OSCILLATIONS AND MECHANICAL WAVES. 15. Oscillatory Motion. 16. Wave Motion. 17. Sound Waves. 18. Superposition and Standing Waves. PART III: THERMODYNAMICS. 19. Temperature. 20 The First Law of Thermodynamics. 21 The Kinetic Theory of Gases. 22. Heat Engines, Entropy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Part IV: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM. 23. Electric Fields. 24. Gauss's Law. 25. Electric Potential. 26. Capacitance and Dielectrics. 27. Current and Resistance. 28. Direct-Current Circuits. 29. Magnetic Fields. 30. Sources of the Magnetic Field. 31. Faraday's Law. 32. Inductance. 33. Alternating-Current Circuits. 34. Electromagnetic Waves. PART V: LIGHT AND OPTICS. 35. The Nature of Light and the Principles of Ray Optics 36. Image Formation. 37. Wave Optics. 38. Diffraction Patterns and Polarization. PART VI: MODERN PHYSICS. 39. Relativity. 40. Introduction to Quantum Physics. 41. Quantum Mechanics. 42. Atomic Physics. 43. Molecules and Solids. 44. Nuclear Structure. 45. Applications of Nuclear Physics. 46. Particle Physics and Cosmology. Appendices. Answers to Quick Quizzes and Odd-Numbered Problems. Index. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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  • Hardcover: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 9 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133947271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133947271
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shinobi on October 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is really good at explaining the concepts in physics while deriving all the equations in a comprehensible way. The previous book that I have read is University Physics 13th Edition by Young and Freedman, it was good but there are times when the explanations and derivations are a bit unsatisfactory because it lacks detail, that is why I tried to search for other books to explain and derive things clearly. Since then, I found this book and was really satisfied by the approach and teaching style.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By smallphi on March 22, 2015
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I am an instructor at a community college and have been unfortunate to have to use this text to teach "engineering physics" two semesters in a row. The text was selected by the physics department, probably based on its pretty pictures and reputation. If it depended on me, it would hit the trash bin faster than the speed of light!

I have never seen such a verbose chaotic mess of a textbook before. The language used is often inflated/convoluted and the conceptual development is not in a logical order at all, which severely impedes student learning. The ultimate logical fiasco are the Energy/Work chapters. There, you can read nonsenses such as "the work-kinetic energy theorem is of limited application, only to systems in which the only change in the system is in its speed", whatever that means. The reason it is "not always applicable" is that the authors fail to include the work of internal forces which can change the kinetic energy of a sytem, with zero work of external forces. Later, the neglected work of internal forces is used to "motivate" potential energy. At the end, the text does not derive the conservation of mechanical energy from Newton's Laws, as it should, but motivates it with semi-heuristic arguments. This is a prime example how clear-cut logic is turned into a complete mess in this textbook.

It's not enough the text doesn't have logical ordering but the onlne class slides often have a completely different order. Clearly they were written at once without much thought: too much text with no ability to separate important from unimportant, too many "rules to memorize", with weak logical structure and derivation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alicia D on August 25, 2014
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After I rented a used copy I discovered that the class homework requires access to WebAssign. If you buy the book new it comes with an access code, otherwise you need to spend an additional $75.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on September 4, 2014
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This book has many worked problems from start to finish in unambiguous steps, and plenty of practice problems as well. The many illustrations help to demonstrate the concepts well. I have used this book through two semesters to replace the SmartPhysics crap program in order that I might learn something.
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By Rue on April 24, 2015
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I rented this book. It was in good condition (yay for no highlighting!). I think the material was presented very well and I liked how the put side comments to help you grasp the information. They also provided tips on how to approach problems and "conceptualize". There are answers in the back for ODD (i.e., 3,5,7, etc) homework problems. I only wish that they would provide answers for conceptual and objective questions, and that for some of the book examples, that they be more detailed (just on *some* of them). Overall, good book and you tell they made an effort to help you understand.
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I agree with some of the other 1 star reviews. This textbook does a poor job building and explaining concepts to students. Some of the worked in chapter problems are so extraneous they end up scaring students into believing they do not and cannot understand the rest of the material. The authors are also very "wordy." I hope teachers will read these reviews and choose another physics textbook!
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I needed this textbook for my 2nd semester at college and downloading it was quick and easy. A lot cheaper than buying it, too!
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