College Physics, AP Update, 11th Student Edition,
11th Edition

Raymond A. Serway, Chris Vuille

ISBN-13: 9780357872642
Copyright 2024 | Published
List Price: USD $231.95

While physics can seem challenging, its true quality is the sheer simplicity of fundamental physical theories and concepts that enrich students’ view of the world around them. This updated edition of COLLEGE PHYSICS provides a clear strategy for connecting those theories to a consistent problem-solving approach, designed to prepare students for the revised AP Physics 1 and 2 tests. The AP edition update helps students master physical concepts and improve problem-solving skills. Serway and Vuille provide a consistent problem-solving strategy and an unparalleled array of worked examples to help students develop a true understanding of physics with a streamlined presentation, new conceptual questions, and dozens of new and revised AP problems to meet the most recent AP Physics 1 and 2 course updates. The WebAssign digital platform includes Interactive Video Vignettes, learning tools, and applications, and an interactive eBook.


1. Units, Trigonometry, and Vectors
2. Motion in One Dimension
3. Motion in Two Dimensions
4. Newton''s Laws of Motion
5. Energy
6. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
7. Rotational Motion and Gravitation
8. Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics
9. Fluids and Solids
10. Thermal Physics
11. Energy in Thermal Processes
12. The Laws of Thermodynamics
13. Vibrations and Waves
14. Sound
15. Electric Forces and Fields
16. Electrical Energy and Capacitance
17. Current and Resistance
18. Direct-Current Circuits
19. Magnetism
20. Induced Voltages and Inductance
21. Alternating-Current Circuits and Electromagnetic Waves
22. Reflection and Refraction of Light
23. Mirrors and Lenses
24. Wave Optics
25. Optical Instruments
26. Relativity
27. Quantum Physics
28. Atomic Physics
29. Nuclear Physics
Appendix A: Mathematics Review
Appendix B: An Abbreviated Table of Isotopes
Appendix C: Some Useful Tables
Appendix D: SI Units
Answers to Quick Quizzes, Example Questions, and Odd-Numbered
Conceptual Questions and Problems

  • Raymond A. Serway

    Raymond A. Serway is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. He earned his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology. Among his accolades, he received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College, the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University (where he taught for 17 years), the 1977 Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University and the 1985 Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College. As a Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, Dr. Serway worked with K. Alex Müller, who shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physics. He also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. In addition to this text, Dr. Serway is the co-author of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition; PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. He has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings.

  • Chris Vuille

    Chris Vuille (PhD, University of Florida) is associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. While he has taught courses at all levels, including postgraduate, his primary interest is the teaching of introductory physics courses. He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory and was a participant in a special three-year NASA grant program where he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in many scientific journals and in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine. He is the coauthor of COLLEGE PHYSICS, Eleventh Edition and ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS.

  • UPDATED AP CONTENT FOR THE REVISED AP PHYSICS COURSES: The AP Edition Update with copyright 2024 includes new and updated content, a revised correlation in the front of the student edition, and revised and new AP questions at the end of each chapter.

  • JUST-IN-TIME HOMEWORK HELP: Available in WebAssign. These tools offer targeted assistance just when a student needs it. Relevant and customizable tools include: displayed solutions, solution videos for selected problems, and targeted readings and examples from the textbook.

  • INTERACTIVE VIDEO VIGNETTES: Available in WebAssign, encourage students to address their alternate conceptions outside of the classroom. Include online video analysis and interactive individual tutorials to address learning difficulties identified by PER (Physics Education Research).

  • PRE-COURSE ASSESSMENT: Available in WebAssign. Offer student diagnostic pre-test and personalized improvement plans consisting of supplementary text, video lectures and practice problems to help student’s foundational math skills.

  • REVISION OF TOPIC 4, NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION: This revision introduces the common contact forces early, easing students’ entry into this difficult topic and increasing their success.

  • NEW CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS AND NEW AND REVISED PROBLEMS: New conceptual questions have been added, and all questions and problems were carefully reviewed to improve their variety, interest, and value while maintaining their clarity and quality. Hundreds of new problems were added, with less-used problems removed. In all, the Eleventh Edition provides over 2,100 problems.

  • WORKED EXAMPLES: A hallmark strength of the text, each worked example is a complete learning experience. The GOAL describes the concepts being explored. The PROBLEM presents the question. The STRATEGY helps students create a framework for working out the solution. The SOLUTION uses a two-column format that provides explanations on the left and mathematical steps on the right; these serve as a training tool. REMARKS highlight underlying concepts follow the solution. The QUESTION requires a conceptual response to test students' understanding, and the EXERCISE reinforces this understanding.

  • PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES: These strategies provide students with a structured process for solving problems and helps them identify the essential steps in solving problems and increases their skills as problem solvers.

  • CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS: Conceptual questions provide students with a means of self-testing the concepts presented in the topic; some are also appropriate for initiating classroom discussions.

  • TUTORIAL PROBLEMS & WATCH IT: Available in WebAssign and indicated in the problems set by icons, Tutorials help students solve problems by having them work through a stepped-out solution, while Watch It videos explain fundamental problem-solving strategies to help students step through selected problems.

  • SYMBOLIC PROBLEMS: Student obtain an answer in terms of symbols. Symbolic problems train the student to postpone substitution of values, facilitating their ability to think conceptually using the equations.

  • QUANTITATIVE/CONCEPTUAL PROBLEMS: Encourage students to think conceptually about physics problems rather than rely solely on computational skills.

  • GUIDED PROBLEMS: Guided Problems break a problem into smaller steps, enabling students to grasp all the concepts and strategies required to arrive at a correct solution.

  • APPLICATIONS: Margin notes make the relevance of physics to everyday life more obvious by pointing out examples in the text.

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