Principles of Physics: A Calculus Based Text – Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett – 5th Edition


PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS is the only text specifically written for institutions that offer a calculus-based physics course for their life science majors. Authors Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett have revised the Fifth Edition of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS to include a new worked example format, new biomedical applications, two new Contexts features, a revised problem set based on an analysis of problem usage data from WebAssign, and a thorough revision of every piece of line art in the text.

All in-text “Worked Examples” have been recast and are now presented in a two-column format to better reinforce physical concepts and provide conceptual explanations next to the math for every step. Solutions are presented symbolically as much as possible and only substituting in numbers at the last possible moment. This approach helps students think symbolically when they solve problems, instead of automatically looking to insert numbers into an equation to solve a problem.

Every piece of artwork in the Fifth Edition was revised in a new and modern style that helps express the physics principles as well as making certain that the physical situations presented corresponded exactly to the textual discussion at hand. “Focus Pointers,” a new feature for many pieces of art, either point out important aspects of a figure or guide students through a process illustrated by the artwork or photo.

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  • An Invitation to Physics.
    1. Introduction and Vectors.
    Context 1: Alternative-Fuel Vehicles.
    2. Motion in One Dimension.
    3. Motion in Two Dimensions.
    4. The Laws of Motion.
    5. More Applications of Newton's Laws.
    6. Energy of a System.
    7. Conservation of Energy.
    Context 1 Conclusion: Present and Future Possibilities.
    Context 2: Mission to Mars.
    8. Momentum and Collisions.
    9. Relativity.
    10. Rotational Motion.
    11. Gravity, Planetary Orbits, and the Hydrogen Atom.
    Context 2 Conclusion: A Successful Mission Plan.
    Context 3: Earthquakes.
    12. Oscillatory Motion.
    13. Mechanical Waves.
    14. Superposition and Standing Waves.
    Context 3 Conclusion: Minimizing the Risk.
    Context 4: Heart Attacks.
    15. Fluid Mechanics.
    Context 4 Conclusion: Heart Attacks
    Context 5: Global Warming.
    16. Temperature and the Kinetic Theory of Gases.
    17. Energy in Thermal Processes: The First Law of Thermodynamics.
    18. Heat Engines, Entropy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
    Context 5 Conclusion: Predicting the Earth's Surface Temperature.
    Context 6: Lightning.
    19. Electric Forces and Electric Fields.
    20. Electric Potential and Capacitance.
    21. Current and Direct Current Circuits.
    Context 6 Conclusion: Determining the Number of Lightning Strikes.
    Context 7: Magnetism in Medicine.
    22. Magnetic Forces and Magnetic Fields.
    23. Faraday's Law and Inductance.
    Context 7 Conclusion: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Context 8: Lasers.
    24. Electromagnetic Waves.
    25. Reflection and Refraction of Light.
    26. Image Formation by Mirrors and Lenses.
    27. Wave Optics.
    Context 8 Conclusion: Using Lasers to Record and Read Digital Information.
    Context 9: The Cosmic Connection.
    28. Quantum Physics.
    29. Atomic Physics.
    30. Nuclear Physics.
    31. Particle Physics.
    Context 9 Conclusion: Problems and Perspectives.
    Appendix A: Tables.
    Appendix B: Mathematics Review.
    Appendix C: Periodic Table of the Elements.
    Appendix D: SI Units.
    Answers to Quick Quizzes and Odd-Numbered Problems.
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