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Richard Wolfson's Essential University Physics, Third Edition is a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and relevant real-life applications in an affordable and streamlined text. Essential University Physics teaches sound problem-solving skills, emphasizes conceptual understanding, and makes connections to the real world. Features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies help students master concepts and solve problems with confidence.
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Volume 1 contains Chapters 1-19. Volume 2 contains Chapters 20-39. 1. Doing Physics I. MECHANICS 2. Motion in a Straight Line 3. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions 4. Force and Motion 5. Using Newton's Laws 6. Work, Energy, and Power 7. Conservation of Energy 8. Gravity 9. Systems of Particles 10. Rotational Motion 11. Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum 12. Static Equilibrium II. OSCILLATIONS, WAVES, AND FLUIDS 13. Oscillatory Motion 14. Wave Motion 15. Fluid Motion III. THERMODYNAMICS 16. Temperature and Heat 17. The Thermal Behavior of Matter 18. Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics 19. The Second Law of Thermodynamics IV. ELECTROMAGNETISM 20. Electric Charge, Force, and Field 21. Gauss's Law 22. Electric Potential 23. Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors 24. Electric Current 25. Electric Circuits 26. Magnetism: Force and Field 27. Electromagnetic Induction 28. Alternating-Current Circuits 29. Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves V. OPTICS 30. Reflection and Refraction 31. Images and Optical Instruments 32. Interference and Diffraction VI. MODERN PHYSICS 33. Relativity 34. Particles and Waves 35. Quantum Mechanics 36. Atomic Physics 37. Molecules and Solids 38. Nuclear Physics 39. From Quarks to the Cosmos APPENDICES Appendix A Mathematics Appendix B The International System of Units (SI) Appendix C Conversion Factors Appendix D The Elements Appendix E Astrophysical Data