College Physics Essentials, Eighth Edition: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics (Volume Two), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

College Physics Essentials, Eighth Edition

Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics (Volume Two), 1st Edition

By Jerry D. Wilson, Anthony J. Buffa, Bo Lou

CRC Press

406 pages | 86 Color Illus. | 130 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of College Physics Essentials provides a streamlined update of a major textbook for algebra-based physics. The first volume covers topics such as mechanics, heat, and thermodynamics. The second volume covers electricity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics.

The authors provide emphasis on worked examples together with expanded problem sets that build from conceptual understanding to numerical solutions and real-world applications to increase reader engagement. A companion website with follow-up exercises and answers will also aid students to gain more practice on basic concepts and problems.

Including over 900 images throughout the two volumes, this textbook is highly recommended for students seeking a basic understanding of key physics concepts and how to apply them to real-world problems.

Table of Contents

1. Electric Charge, Forces and Fields 2. Electrical Potential, Energy, and Capacitance 3. Electric Current and Resistance 4. Basic Electric Circuits 5. Magnetism 6. Electromagnetic Induction and Waves 7. AC Circuits 8. Reflection and Refraction of Light 9. Mirrors and Lenses 10. Physical Optics: The Wave Nature of Light 11. Vision and Optical Instruments 12. Relativity 13. Quantum Physics 14. Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics 15. The Nucleus 16. Nuclear Reactions and Elementary Particles

About the Authors

Anthony J. Buffa is an emeritus professor of physics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has been a research associate with the Radioanalytical Facility of the department of physics since 1980. He received his B.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Professor Buffa's main interest continues to be teaching. He has taught courses at Cal Poly ranging from introductory physical science to quantum mechanics, has developed and revised many laboratory experiments, and has taught elementary physics to local teachers in an NSF-sponsored workshop. Combining physics with his interests in art and architecture, Dr. Buffa develops his own artwork and sketches, which he uses to increase his effectiveness in teaching physics.

Bo Lou is professor in the Department of Physical Sciences at Ferris State University, and earned his PhD in physics from Emory University. He teaches a variety of undergraduate physics courses, and is the co-author of several physics textbooks. He emphasizes the importance of conceptual understanding of the basic laws and principles of physics and their practical applications to the real world.

Jerry D. Wilson is a professor emeritus of physics and former chair of the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He received his B.S. degree from Ohio University, M.S. degree from Union College, and, in 1970, a Ph.D. from Ohio University. He earned his M.S. degree while employed as a Materials Behavior Physicist by the General Electric Co. As a doctoral graduate student, Professor Wilson held the faculty rank of instructor and began teaching physical science courses. During this time, he coauthored a physical science text. In conjunction with his teaching career, Professor Wilson continued his writing and has authored or coauthored six titles.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics