(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Philip R. Kesten
(Santa Clara University)
David L. Tauck
(Santa Clara University)
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College Physics has seven distinguishing features:
Visual FeaturesThis text incorporates groundbreaking visual features that bridge physics concepts to equations and features throughout the book. In the form of “balloon art,” the authors break down important equations and figures into smaller amounts of information that are easier for students to grasp. The visual word balloons reinforce key ideas from the text and guide students to understanding the important physics principles that students must grasp in each chapter. The figures are simple, colorful, and approachable, inviting students to explore them rather than intimidating students into ignoring them.
Blend of Physics & Biology
This book guides students through the fundamentals of introductory physics, weaving physiology and biomedical topics throughout the text and helping life science students discover the reasons why learning physics is important to their own fields of study. The authors’ aim is to instill in students a deeper appreciation of physics by showing how it determines many characteristics of living systems. A complete list of biological applications is called out in the Preface and marked throughout the chapters with an owl icon. We offer an electronic biology appendix that professors can reference to learn more about the biology included in the text.
Many textbooks encourage memorization of equations over comprehension of concepts, allowing students to look for shortcuts in doing – and therefore learning – physics. To better align physics concepts with problem-solving, College Physics incorporates student-friendly pedagogy by presenting worked examples in a model that emphasizes reasoning and analysis. Presented in a flexible format that easily demonstrates text, equations, and figures, the worked examples use a common procedure throughout to help build students’ confidence when approaching problemsolving. This procedure, summarized by the key phrases “Set Up,” “Solve,” and “Reflect,” mirrors the approach scientists take in attacking problems:
Outcome-Based Learning ObjectivesTo help outline assessment criteria and key goals throughout the chapter, the beginning of each chapter highlights outcomebased learning objectives that allow students to judge if they’ve reached the objective set forth for each chapter section. The listed learning objectives include both short-term (chapter sections) goals and long-term comprehensive (chapter) goals that highlight the important pedagogy that students should focus on throughout the text. The learning objectives of each chapter section are reinforced by Take-Home Messages at the end of each.
Take-Home MessagesThis boxed feature appears at the end of each chapter section and summarizes the main physics principles introduced in that section. These Take-Home Messages are directly tied to the outcome-based learning objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter, so that students can check for understanding before moving on to the next chapter section.
Conceptual Problems Built into the Flow of the TextHealth Sciences and biological sciences students are used to a conceptual approach to both problem-solving and learning in general. For that reason, the authors created a similar approach with the “Got the Concept?” questions that appear throughout the text. “Got the Concept?” questions almost never require numeric calculations but instead invite students to think through the implications or connections of a physics concept.
Special Attention to Common MisconceptionsHaving taught physics for many years, the authors know which topics are often difficult for students and prone to cause misunderstandings. To draw students’ attention to these misconceptions and correct them, the authors have created the “Watch Out!” boxed feature, which tackles these misconceptions directly as students read through the text. By tackling these misunderstandings head on, students will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the physics presented in the text.
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