College Physics (AP® Edition)

  • AUTHORS: Raymond A. Serway; Chris Vuille
  • ISBN-13: 9780840068750 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1120 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 9th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010
  • ©2012     Published
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Overview

About The Product

While physics can seem challenging, its true quality is the sheer simplicity of fundamental physical theories--theories and concepts that can enrich your view of the world around you. COLLEGE PHYSICS, Ninth Edition, provides a clear strategy for connecting those theories to a consistent problem-solving approach, carefully reinforcing this methodology throughout the text and connecting it to real-world examples. For students planning to take the MCAT exam, the text includes exclusive test prep and review tools to help you prepare.

Features

  • Worked Examples. For this ninth edition, we have reviewed all the worked examples, made improvements, and added or revised many end-of-Example Questions and Exercises. The questions usually require a conceptual response or determination, but they also include estimates requiring knowledge of the relationships between concepts. The answers for the Example Questions can be found at the back of the book.
  • Conceptual Questions. At the end of each chapter, there are approximately ten to fifteen conceptual questions. The Applying Physics examples presented in the text serve as models for students when conceptual questions are assigned and show how the concepts can be applied to understanding the physical world. The conceptual questions provide the student with a means of self-testing the concepts presented in the chapter. Some conceptual questions are appropriate for initiating classroom discussions. Answers to odd-numbered conceptual questions are included in the answer section at the end of the book and in the Student Solutions Manual/Study Guide, and answers to all questions are found in the Instructor's Solutions Manual.
  • Problem-Solving Strategies. A general problem-solving strategy to be followed by the student is outlined at the end of Chapter 1. This strategy provides students with a structured process for solving problems. In most chapters more specific strategies and suggestions (see example below) are included for solving the types of problems featured in both the worked examples and the end-of-chapter problems. This feature helps students identify the essential steps in solving problems and increases their skills as problem solvers.
  • MCAT Skill Builder Study Guide. The ninth edition of COLLEGE PHYSICS contains a special Skill-Building Appendix (Appendix E) to help premed students prepare for the MCAT exam. The appendix contains examples written by the text authors that help students build conceptual and quantitative skills. These skill-building examples are followed by MCAT-style questions written by test prep experts to make sure students are ready to ace the exam.
  • COLLEGE PHYSICS, Ninth Edition, is fully supported by Enhanced WebAssign, the market-leading online homework system developed by physicists for physicists. This enhanced version includes all end-of-chapter problems, Multiple-Choice Questions, Conceptual Questions, Quick Quizzes, animated "Active Figure" tutorials, and most Worked Examples. All questions provide answer-specific feedback, and many provide guided hints to drive students to content mastery. A new Math Review feature allows instructors to assign essential mathematics examples to bring students "up to speed."
  • The latest findings of physics education research have been integrated throughout the text, placing more emphasis on critical and conceptual thinking. Quick Quizzes give students opportunities to test their understanding of the physical concepts just presented in the text. Tips boxes help students avoid common misconceptions. Applying Physics sections discuss key principles without computations so that students can easily draw connections to the real world.
  • Many chapters include sections and problems that are intended to expose the student to various practical and interesting applications of physical principles. Topics and problems dealing with the application of physics to the life sciences are identified by a bio icon to help motivate students to master the content.
  • Your choice of response system technology is fully supported with text-specific content questions designed for users of all experience levels. Quick Quiz questions and end-of-chapter Conceptual Questions provide immediate conceptual benchmarking, animated "Active Figure" questions strengthen visualization skills, and Assessing to Learn in the Classroom questions take response system content to the next level by testing advanced concept acquisition.

About the Contributor

AUTHORS
  • Raymond A. Serway

    Raymond A. Serway (PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology) is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. His honors and awards include an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College, the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, 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. He was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. Dr. Serway is the coauthor of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition; PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Ninth Edition; PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. He has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings.

  • Chris Vuille

    Chris Vuille (PhD, University of Florida) is associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. While he has taught courses at all levels, including postgraduate, his primary interest is the teaching of introductory physics courses. He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory and was a participant in a special three-year NASA grant program where he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in many scientific journals and in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine. He is the coauthor of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition and ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS.

New to this Edition

  • Analytics from Enhanced WebAssign Used to Revise Questions and Problems. As part of the revision of the questions and problems sets, the authors utilized extensive user analytics gathered by WebAssign, from both instructors who assigned and students who worked on problems from previous editions of COLLEGE PHYSICS. These analytics helped tremendously, indicating when the phrasing in problems could be clearer, thus providing guidance on how to revise problems so that they were more easily understandable for students and more easily assignable in Enhanced WebAssign. Finally, the analytics were used to ensure that the problems most often assigned by professors were retained for this new edition. In each chapter's problems set, the top quartile of problems that were assigned in WebAssign have blue-shaded problem numbers for easy identification, allowing professors to quickly and easily find the most popular problems that were assigned in Enhanced WebAssign.
  • Thorough Revision of Artwork. Every piece of artwork in the ninth edition was revised in a new and modern style that helps express the physics principles at work in a clearer and more precise fashion. Every piece of art was also revised to make certain that the physical situations presented corresponded exactly to the text discussion at hand.
  • Focus Pointers, a new feature for many pieces of art. These either point out important aspects of a figure or guide students through a process illustrated by the artwork or photo. This new art style also helps those students who are visual learners.
  • Integration with Enhanced WebAssign. The textbook's tight integration with Enhanced WebAssign content facilitates an online learning environment that helps students improve their problem-solving skills and gives them a variety of tools to meet their individual learning styles.
  • Master It tutorials in Enhanced WebAssign help students solve problems by having them work through a stepped-out solution. Problems with Master It tutorials are indicated in each chapter's problem set with an M icon.
  • Watch It solution videos (available with selected problems in Enhanced WebAssign) explain fundamental problem-solving strategies to help students step through the problem.
  • Problems most often assigned in Enhanced WebAssign have problem numbers shaded in blue in each chapter's problem set; these problems in Enhanced WebAssign have feedback to address student misconceptions, helping students avoid common pitfalls.

Components

Teacher Components

  • Fast Track to a 5 Preparing for the AP Physics Examination: For Serway's College Physics  (ISBN-10: 0840068786 | ISBN-13: 9780840068781)
    Every Fast Track to a 5 test-prep practice book features: A diagnostic test to assess prior knowledge and focus studying on the topics for which students need the most help. Recommended strategies and tips for taking the exam. Review of the course content with questions stimulating the AP exam. Cross-references to the Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning textbook being used, allowing easy reference. Full-length practice exams.
    Price = 34.25
  • CourseMate Premium Website with eBook  (ISBN-10: 113348803X | ISBN-13: 9781133488033)
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Student Supplements

  • Fast Track to a 5 Preparing for the AP Physics Examination: For Serway's College Physics  (ISBN-10: 0840068786 | ISBN-13: 9780840068781)
    Every Fast Track to a 5 test-prep practice book features: A diagnostic test to assess prior knowledge and focus studying on the topics for which students need the most help. Recommended strategies and tips for taking the exam. Review of the course content with questions stimulating the AP exam. Cross-references to the Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning textbook being used, allowing easy reference. Full-length practice exams.
    Price = 34.25
  • CourseMate Premium Website with eBook  (ISBN-10: 113348803X | ISBN-13: 9781133488033)
    Price = 96.25