This long-awaited and extensive revision maintains Giancoli's reputation for creating carefully crafted, highly accurate and precise physics texts. Physics for Scientists and Engineers combines outstanding pedagogy with a clear and direct narrative and applications that draw the student into the physics. The new edition also features an unrivaled suite of media and on-line resources that enhance the understanding of physics.
This book is written for students. It aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach students by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying.
Physics is a description of reality, and thus each topic begins with concrete observations and experiences that students can directly relate to. We then move on to the generalizations and more formal treatment of the topic. Not only does this make the material more interesting and easier to understand, but it is closer to the way physics is actually practiced.
- Greater clarity: No topic, no paragraph in this book was overlooked in the search to improve the clarity of the presentation. Many changes and clarifications have been made, both small and not so small. One goal has been to eliminate phrases and sentences that may slow down the principle argument: keep to the essentials at first, give the elaborations later.
- Color is used pedagogically to bring out the physics. Different types of vectors are given different colors. This book has been printed in 5 colors (5 passes through the presses) to provide better variety and definition for illustrating vectors and other concepts such as fields and rays. The photographs opening each Chapter, some of which have vectors superimposed on them, have been chosen so that the accompanying caption can be a sort of summary of the Chapter.
- The wide range of Applications have been carefully chosen and integrated into the text so as not to interfere with the development of the physics, but rather to illuminate it.Some serve only as examples of physical principles, some are treated in greater depth. To make it easy to spot the Applications, a Physics Applied marginal note is placed in the margin. A list of Applications shall appear after the Table of Contents.
- Problem-Solving Marginal Notes are included throughout the Chapters to emphasize key Problem Solving strategies.
- Problem-Solving Boxes, found throughout the book, outline a step-by-step approach to get students thinking about and involved in the problem at hand.
- Step-by-Step Examples follow most Problem Solving Boxes with the next Example being worked step-by-step, following the steps of the preceding Problem Solving Box to show students how this tool can be
- Estimation Examples help students develop skills for making order-of-magnitude estimates, even when data is scarce, or when you might never have guessed any result was possible.
New to This Edition
- New optional Example 1-9 Planck length on this smallest meaningful unit of measurement.
- New optional Section 2-9 Graphical Analysis and Numerical Integration, including Example 2-22 Numerical Integration, describing techniques students can use to solve problems numerically, using a computer or graphing calculator. Problems that use these numerical techniques are found at the end of many Chapters.
- New Example 6-10 Lagrange Point L1 explores how to determine the distance to Lagrange Point L1.
- Chapters 7 and 8 on Work and Energy were carefully revised including the issue of work done by friction.
- Chapters 10 and 11 on Rotational Motion were reorganized such that coverage ofAngular Momentum is entirely in Chapter 11.
- Chapters 30 and 31 on Inductance and AC Circuits were combined into one Chapter.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION, MEASUREMENT, ESTIMATING
CHAPTER 2: DESCRIBING MOTION: KINEMATICS IN ONE DIMENSION
CHAPTER 3: KINEMATICS IN TWO OR THREE DIMENSIONS; VECTORS
CHAPTER 4: DYNAMICS: NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION
CHAPTER 5: USING NEWTON’S LAWS: FRICTION, CIRCULAR MOTION, DRAG FORCES
CHAPTER 6: GRAVITATION AND NEWTON’S6 SYNTHESIS
CHAPTER 7: WORK AND ENERGY
CHAPTER 8: CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
CHAPTER 9: LINEAR MOMENTUM
CHAPTER 10: ROTATIONAL MOTION
CHAPTER 11: ANGULAR MOMENTUM; GENERAL ROTATION
CHAPTER 12: STATIC EQUILIBRIUM; ELASTICITY AND FRACTURE
CHAPTER 13: FLUIDS
CHAPTER 14: OSCILLATIONS
CHAPTER 15: WAVE MOTION
CHAPTER 16: SOUND
CHAPTER 17: TEMPERATURE, THERMAL EXPANSION, AND THE IDEAL GAS LAW
CHAPTER 18: KINETIC THEORY OF GASES
CHAPTER 19: HEAT AND THE FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
CHAPTER 20: SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
CHAPTER 21: ELECTRIC CHARGE AND ELECTRIC FIELD
CHAPTER 22: GAUSS’S LAW
CHAPTER 23: ELECTRIC POTENTIAL
CHAPTER 24: CAPACITANCE, DIELECTRICS, ELECTRIC ENERGY STORAGE
CHAPTER 25: ELECTRIC CURRENTS AND RESISTANCE
CHAPTER 26: DC CIRCUITS
CHAPTER 27: MAGNETISM
CHAPTER 28: SOURCES OF MAGNETIC FIELD
CHAPTER 29: ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION AND FARADAY’S LAW
CHAPTER 30: INDUCTANCE, ELECTROMAGNETIC OSCILLATIONS, AND AC CIRCUITS
CHAPTER 31: MAXWELL’S EQUATIONS AND ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES
CHAPTER 32: LIGHT: REFLECTION AND REFRACTION
CHAPTER 33: LENSES AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
CHAPTER 34: THE WAVE NATURE OF LIGHT; INTERFERENCE
CHAPTER 35: DIFFRACTION AND POLARIZATION
CHAPTER 36: SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY
CHAPTER 37: EARLY QUANTUM THEORY AND MODELS OF THE ATOM