College Physics 13 9780073512143
College Physics

College Physics

Grade Levels: 13
By Alan Giambattista and Betty Richardson and Robert Richardson
Copyright: 2013
Publication Date: January 11, 2012
MHID: 0073512141
ISBN 13: 9780073512143

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New Features

New biology and medical applications and examples have been added throughout the text.

An Online PER Workbook is available to provide instructors with various options for group projects and further explorations.

End of Chapter Question identifiers are now included.

Key Features

The Everyday Physics Demo items, included throughout the text, provide insight into how physics affects daily life.

The “Connections” feature identifies areas in each chapter where important concepts are revisited. A marginal “Connections” heading and summary adjacent to the coverage in the main text help students easily recognize that a previously introduced concept is being applied to the current discussion.

Checkpoint questions have been included throughout the text. The answers to the Checkpoints are found at the end of the chapter.

Because of the conceptual framework approach College Physics includes some innovative organization. The authors have integrated kinematics with forces in chapters 2-4.

The MCAT® Review questions are included to help students focus on the concepts covered in the upcoming exam.

Non-essential coverage and derivations have been moved to the text’s Connect site. Identifiers in the text direct students to additional information online.

Electronic Media Integration has been incorporated throughout the text. Connect icons indicate topics in the text where accompanying interactives, animations, and tutorials can be found online to aid in student understanding of physics concepts. The ConnectPlus eBook links directly to these items.

College Physics


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Force

Chapter 3: Acceleration and Newton’s Second Law of Motion

Chapter 4: Motion with a Changing Velocity

Chapter 5: Circular Motion

Chapter 6: Conservation of Energy

Chapter 7: Linear Momentum

Chapter 8: Torque and Angular Momentum

Chapter 9: Fluids

Chapter 10: Elasticity and Oscillations

Chapter 11: Waves

Chapter 12: Sound


Chapter 13: Temperature and the Ideal Gas

Chapter 14: Heat

Chapter 15: Thermodynamics


Chapter 16: Electric Forces and Fields

Chapter 17: Electric Potential

Chapter 18: Electric Current and Circuits

Chapter 19: Magnetic Forces and Fields

Chapter 20: Electromagnetic Induction

Chapter 21: Alternating Current


Chapter 22: Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 23: Reflection and Refraction of Light

Chapter 24: Optical Instruments

Chapter 25: Interference and Diffraction


Chapter 26: Relativity

Chapter 27: Early Quantum Physics and the Photon

Chapter 28: Quantum Physics

Chapter 29: Nuclear Physics

Chapter 30: Particle Physics


Appendix A: Mathematics Review

A.1 Algebra

A.2 Solving equations

A.3 Exponents and logarithms

A.4 Proportions and ratios

A.5 Geometry

A.6 Trigonometry

A.7 Approximations

A.8 Vectors

Appendix B: Table of Selected Isotopes

Answers to Selected Questions and Problems

About the Author

Alan Giambattista

Alan Giambattista hails from northern New Jersey. His teaching career got an early start when his fourth-grade teacher, Anne Berry, handed the class over to him to teach a few lessons about atoms and molecules. At Brigham Young University, he studied piano performance and physics. After graduate work at Cornell University, he joined the physics faculty and has taught introductory physics there for nearly three decades.


Alan still appears in concert regularly as a pianist and harpsichordist. When the long upstate New York winter is finally over, he is eager to get out on Cayuga Lake’s waves of blue for Sunday sailboat races. Alan met his wife Marion in a singing group and they have been making beautiful music together ever since. They live in an 1824 parsonage built for an abolitionist minister, which is now surrounded by an organic dairy farm. Besides taking care of the house, cats, and gardens, they love to travel together, especially to Italy. They also love to spoil their adorable grandchildren, Ivy and Leo.

Betty Richardson

Betty McCarthy Richardson teaches at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Robert Richardson

1996 Nobel Prize in Physics