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College Physics 10th Edition

College Physics 10th Edition PDF

Author: Raymond A. Serway and Chris Vuille

Publisher: Cengage Learning


Publish Date: January 1, 2014

ISBN-10: 1285737024

Pages: 1136

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

College Physics is written for a one-year course in introductory physics usually taken by students majoring in biology, the health professions, or other disciplines, including  environmental, earth, and social sciences, and technical fields such as architecture.
The mathematical techniques used in this book include algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, but not calculus. Drawing on positive feedback from users of the ninth  edition, analytics gathered from both professors and students who use Enhanced  WebAssign, as well as reviewers’ suggestions, we have refined the text to better meet  the needs of students and teachers.

This textbook, which covers the standard topics in classical physics and  twentieth-century physics, is divided into six parts. Part 1 (Chapters 1–9) deals  with Newtonian mechanics and the physics of fluids; Part 2 (Chapters 10–12) is  concerned with heat and thermodynamics; Part 3 (Chapters 13 and 14) covers  wave motion and sound; Part 4 (Chapters 15–21) develops the concepts of electricity and magnetism; Part 5 (Chapters 22–25) treats the properties of light and the  field of geometric and wave optics; and Part 6 (Chapters 26–30) provides an introduction to special relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.

The main objectives of this introductory textbook are twofold: to provide the student  with a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics and to strengthen an understanding of those concepts and principles through  a broad range of interesting, real-world applications. To meet those objectives, we  have emphasized sound physical arguments and problem-solving methodology. At  the same time we have attempted to motivate the student through practical examples that demonstrate the role of physics in other disciplines.

Changes to the Tenth Edition
Several changes and improvements have been made in preparing the tenth edition  of this text. Some of the new features are based on our experiences and on current  trends in science education. Other changes have been incorporated in response  to comments and suggestions offered by users of the ninth edition.

The features  listed here represent the major changes made for the tenth edition.

New Learning Objectives Added for Every Section
In response to a growing trend across the discipline (and the request of many users),  we have added learning objectives for every section of the tenth edition. The learning  objectives identify the major concepts in a given section and also identify the specific  skills/outcomes students should be able to demonstrate once they have a solid understanding of those concepts. It is hoped that these learning objectives will assist those  professors who are transitioning their course to a more outcomes-based approach.

New Online Tutorials
The new online tutorials (available via Enhanced WebAssign) offer students another  training tool to assist them in understanding how to apply certain key concepts presented in a given chapter. The tutorials first present a brief review of the necessary  concepts from the text, together with advice on how to solve problems involving them.

The student can then attempt to solve one or two such problems, guided by questions  presented in the tutorial. The tutorial automatically scores student responses and presents correct solutions together with discussion. Students can then practice on several additional problems of a similar level and, in some cases go to higher level or related  problems, depending on the concepts covered in the tutorial.

New Warm-Up Exercises in Every Chapter
Warm-up exercises (over 320 are included in the full book) appear at the beginning  of each chapter’s problems set, and were inspired by one of the author’s (Vuille) classroom experiences. The idea behind warm-up exercises is to review mathematical and  physical concepts that are prerequisites for a given chapter’s problems set, and also to  provide students with a general preview of the new physics concepts covered in a given  chapter. By doing the warm-up exercises first, students will have an easier time getting  comfortable with the new concepts of a chapter before tackling harder problems.

New Algorithmic Solutions in Enhanced WebAssign
All quantitative end-of-chapter problems in Enhanced WebAssign now feature  algorithmic solutions. Fully worked-out solutions are available to students with quantitative parameters exactly matching the version of the problem assigned to individual students. As always for all “Hints” features, Enhanced WebAssign offers  great flexibility to instructors regarding when to enable algorithmic solutions

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