Physics 13 - 17 9780073512150

This Physics textbook presents the basic concepts of physics that students need to know for later courses and future careers. This text helps students learn that physics is a tool for understanding the real world, and to teach transferable problem-solving skills, that students can use throughout their entire lives. Some of the most important enhancements in this edition include: new/updated MCAT exam coverage added and moved online, review and synthesis problems added, new biomedical applications, lists of biomedical applications at the beginning of each chapter, new ranking tasks, checkpoints, and collaborative problems. Connections have also been enhanced to help students see the bigger picture.

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Grade Levels: 13 - 17
MHID: 007351215X |  ISBN 13: 9780073512150
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New Features

New “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.

New Checkpoint questions have been added to applicable sections of the text. The answers to the Checkpoints are found at the end of the chapter.

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

Electronic Media Integration has been incorporated throughout the text. 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 topical question from the chapter opening vignette now appears in the margin (along with a reduced version of the chapter opening image).

Applications have been clearly identified as such in the text with a complete listing in the front matter.

Many helpful subheadings have been added to the text to help students quickly identify new subtopics.

End-of-chapter problem sets have been revised and include many new problems: over 100 new problems in total.

The number of problems in the Review & Synthesis sections has been increased in the new edition(s); over 30 new problems in total. The MCAT® Review questions have been retained.

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1) Introduction

Part One - Mechanics

2) Motion Along a Line

3) Motion in a Plane

4) Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion

5) Circular Motion

6) Conservation of Energy

7) Linear Momentum

8) Torque and Angular Momentum

9) Fluids

10) Elasticity and Oscillations

11) Waves

12) Sound

Part Two - Thermal Physics

13) Temperature and the Ideal Gas

14) Heat

15) Thermodynamics

Part Three - Electromagnetism

16) Electric Forces and Fields

17) Electric Potential

18) Electric Current and Circuits

19) Magnetic Forces and Fields

20) Electromagnetic Induction

21) Alternating Current

Part Four - Electromagnetic Waves and Optics

22) Electromagnetic Waves

23) Reflection and Refraction of Light

24) Optical Instruments

25) Interference and Diffraction

Part Five - Quantum and Particle Physics

26) Relativity

27) Early Quantum Physics and the Photon

28) Quantum Physics

29) Nuclear Physics

30) Particle Physics


Appendix A - Mathematics Review

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