## Description

University Physics is intended for use in the -based introductory physics sequence at univer- sities and colleges. It can be used in either a two-semester introductory sequence or a three-semester sequence. The course is intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, the sci- ences, , and .

Perhaps one of the greatest skills students can take from their physics course is the ability to problem solve and think critically about a situation. Physics is based on a core set of fundamental ideas that can be applied to various situations and . University Physics by Bauer and Westfall acknowledges this and provides a problem-solving method class tested by the authors, and used throughout the entire text. The text’s problem-solving method involves a multi-step format:

what quantities might be useful but are unknown, and what quantities are asked for in the . Write down these quantities, representing them with commonly used symbols. Convert into SI units, if necessary.
• SKETCH: Make a sketch of the physical situation to help visualize the problem. For many learning styles, a visual or representation is essential, and it is often necessary for defining variables.
• RESEARCH: Write down the physical principles or laws that apply to the problem. Use equations that represent these principles and connect the known and unknown quantities to each other. At times, equations may have to be derived, by combining two or more known equations, to solve the unknown.
• SIMPLIFY : Simplify the result algebraically as much as possible. This step is particularly helpful when more than one quantity has to be found.
• CALCULATE: Substitute with units into the simplified equation and calculate. Typically, a number and a physical unit are obtained as the answer
• ROUND: Consider the number of significant figures that the result should contain. A result obtained by multiplying or dividing should be rounded to the same number of significant figures as the input quantity that had the least number of significant figures. Do not round in intermediate steps, as rounding too early might give a wrong solution. Include the proper units in the answer.
• DOUBLE-CHECK: Consider the result. Does the answer (both the number and the units) seem realistic? Examine the orders of magni- tude. Test your solution in limiting cases.

1 MECHANICS OF POINT PARTICLES
1 Overview
2 Motion in a Straight Line
3 Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
4 Force
5 Kinetic Energy, Work, and Power
6 Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
7 Momentum and Collisions

2 EXTENDED OBJECTS, MATTER, AND CIRCULAR MOTION
8 Systems of Particles and Extended Objects
9 Circular Motion
10 Rotation
11 Static Equilibrium
12 Gravitation
13 Solids and Fluids

3 OSCILLATIONS AND WAVES
14 Oscillations
15 Waves
16 Sound

4 THERMAL PHYSICS
17 Temperature
18 Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics
19 Ideal Gases
20 The Second Law of Thermodynamics

5 ELECTRICITY
21 Electrostatics
22 Electric Fields and Gauss's Law
23 Electric Potential
24 Capacitors
25 Current and Resistance
26 Direct Current Circuits

6 MAGNETISM
27 Magnetism
28 Magnetic Fields of Moving Charges
29 Electromagnetic Induction
30 Electromagnetic Oscillations and Currents
31 Electromagnetic Waves

7 OPTICS
32 Geometric Optics
33 Lenses and Optical Instruments
34 Wave Optics

8 RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM PHYSICS
35 Relativity
36 Quantum Physics
37 Quantum Mechanics
38 Atomic Physics
39 Elementary Particle Physics
40 Nuclear Physics
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