College Physics,
12th Edition

Raymond A. Serway, Chris Vuille, John Hughes

ISBN-13: 9780357976425
Copyright 2025 | Published
1048 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

With Serway/Vuille/Hughes' COLLEGE PHYSICS, 12th Edition, you can improve your problem-solving skills and enrich your understanding of the world! This text presents physical concepts with a consistent strategy for solving problems and many worked examples to help you master the concepts and skills of the course.


1. Units, Trigonometry, and Vectors.
Standards of Measurements. Measurement Uncertainty and Estimation. Math Review. Vectors. Overview of Physics.
2. Motion in One Dimension.
Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration. Motion Diagrams and Graphs. One-Dimensional Motion with Constant Acceleration. Freely Falling Objects.
3. Motion in Two Dimensions.
Displacement. Velocity, Speed, and Acceleration. Two-Dimensional Motion. Relative Velocity.
4. Newton's Laws of Motion.
Forces and Newton’s First Law. Newton’s Second Law and Weight. Newton’s Third Law. The Normal Force. Friction Forces. Tension Forces. Applications of Newton’s Laws. Two-Body Problems.
5. Energy.
Work. Kinetic Energy and the Work–Energy Theorem. Conservative and Nonconservative Forces. Gravitational Potential Energy. Gravity and Nonconservative Forces. Spring Potential Energy. Systems and Energy Conservation. Power. Work Done by a Varying Force.
6. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions.
Momentum and Impulse. Conservation of Momentum. Collisions in One Dimension. Glancing Collisions. Rocket Propulsion.
7. Rotational Motion and Gravitation.
Angular Velocity and Angular Acceleration. Rotational Motion Under Constant Angular Acceleration. Tangential Velocity, Tangential Acceleration, and Centripetal Acceleration. Newton’s Second Law for Uniform Circular Motion. Newtonian Gravitation.
8. Rotational Equilibrium and Dynamics.
Torque. Center of Mass and its Motion. Torque and the Two Conditions for Equilibrium. The Rotational Second Law of Motion. Rotational Kinetic Energy. Angular Momentum.
9. Fluids and Solids.
States of Matter. Density and Pressure. Variation of Pressure with Depth. Pressure Measurements. Buoyant Forces and Archimedes’ Principle. Fluids in Motion. Other Applications of Fluid Dynamics. Surface Tension, Capillary Action, and Viscous Fluid Flow. Transport Phenomena. The Deformation of Solids.
10. Thermal Physics.
Temperature and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics. Thermometers and Temperature Scales. Thermal Expansion of Solids and Liquids. The Ideal Gas Law. The Kinetic Theory of Gases.
11. Energy in Thermal Processes.
Heat and Internal Energy. Specific Heat. Calorimetry. Latent Heat and Phase Change. Energy Transfer. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases.
12. The Laws of Thermodynamics.
Work in Thermodynamic Processes. The First Law of Thermodynamics. Thermal Processes in Gases. Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Entropy. Human Metabolism.
13. Vibrations and Waves. Hooke’s Law. Elastic Potential Energy. Concepts of Oscillation Rates in Simple Harmonic Motion. Position, Velocity, and Acceleration as Functions of Time. Motion of a Pendulum. Damped Oscillations. Waves. Frequency, Amplitude, and Wavelength. The Speed of Waves on Strings. Interference of Waves. Reflection of Waves.
14. Sound.
Producing a Sound Wave. Characteristics of Sound Waves. The Speed of Sound. Energy and Intensity of Sound Waves. Spherical and Plane Waves. The Doppler Effect. Interference of Sound Waves. Standing Waves. Forced Vibrations and Resonance. Standing Waves in Air Columns. Beats. Quality of Sound. The Ear.
15. Electric Forces and Fields.
Electric Charges, Insulators, and Conductors. Coulomb’s Law. Electric Fields. Electric Field Lines. Conductors in Electrostatic Equilibrium. The Millikan Oil-Drop Experiment. The Van de Graaff Generator. Electric Flux and Gauss’s Law.
16. Electrical Energy and Capacitance.
Electric Potential Energy and Electric Potential. Electric Potential and Potential Energy Due to Point Charges. Potentials, Charged Conductors, and Equipotential Surfaces. Applications. Capacitors. Combinations of Capacitors. Energy in a Capacitor. Capacitors with Dielectrics.
17. Current and Resistance.
Electric Current. A Microscopic View: Current and Drift Speed. Current and Voltage Measurements In Circuits. Resistance, Resistivity, and Ohm’s Law. Temperature Variation of Resistance. Electrical Energy and Power. Superconductors. Electrical Activity in the Heart.
18. Direct-Current Circuits.
Sources of emf. Resistors in Series. Resistors in Parallel. Kirchhoff's Rules and Complex DC Circuits. RC Circuits. Household Circuits. Electrical Safety. Conduction of Electrical Signals by Neurons.
19. Magnetism.
Magnets. Earth’s Magnetic Field. Magnetic Fields. Motion of a Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field. Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Conductor. Magnetic Torque. Ampere’s Law. Magnetic Force Between Two Parallel Conductors. Magnetic Fields of Current Loops and Solenoids. Magnetic Domains.
20. Induced Voltages and Inductance.
Induced emf and Magnetic Flux. Faraday’s Law of Induction and Lenz’s Law. Motional emf. Generators Self-Inductance. RL Circuits. Energy Stored in a Magnetic Field.
21. Alternating-Current Circuits and Electromagnetic Waves.
Resistors in an AC Circuit. Capacitors in an AC Circuit. Inductors in an AC Circuit. The RLC Series Circuit. Power in an AC Circuit. Resonance in a Series RLC Circuit. The Transformer. Maxwell’s Predictions. Hertz’s Confirmation of Maxwell’s Predictions. Production of Electromagnetic Waves by an Antenna. Properties of Electromagnetic Waves. The Spectrum of Electromagnetic Waves. The Doppler Effect for Electromagnetic Waves.
22. Reflection and Refraction of Light.
The Nature of Light. Reflection and Refraction. The Law of Refraction. Total Internal Reflection. Huygen’s Principle. Dispersion and Prisms. The Rainbow.
23. Mirrors and Lenses.
Flat Mirrors. Images Formed by Spherical Mirrors. Thin Lenses. Lens and Mirror Aberrations. Images Formed by Refraction.
24. Wave Optics.
Conditions for Interference. Young’s Double-Slit Experiment. Diffraction. Diffraction Gratings. Single-Slit Diffraction. Change of Phase Due to Reflection. Interference in Thin Films. Polarization of Light Waves.
25. Optical Instruments.
The Camera. The Eye. The Simple Magnifier. The Compound Microscope. The Telescope. Resolution of Single-Slit and Circular Apertures. The Michelson Interferometer.
26. Relativity.
Galilean Relativity. The Speed of Light. Einstein’s Principle of Relativity. Consequences of Special Relativity. Relativistic Momentum. Relative Velocity in Special Relativity. Relativistic Energy and the Equivalence of Mass and Energy. General Relativity.
27. Quantum Physics.
Blackbody Radiation and Planck’s Hypothesis. The Photoelectric Effect and the Particle Theory of Light. X-Rays. Diffraction of X-Rays by Crystals. The Compton Effect. The Dual Nature of Light and Matter. The Wave Function. The Uncertainty Principle.
28. Atomic Physics.
Early Models of the Atom. Atomic Spectra. The Bohr Model. Quantum Mechanics and the Hydrogen Atom. The Exclusion Principle and the Periodic Table. Characteristic X-Rays. Atomic Transitions and Lasers.
29. Nuclear Physics.
Some Properties of Nuclei. Binding Energy. Radioactivity. The Decay Processes. Natural Radioactivity. Nuclear Reactions. Medical Applications of Radiation.
30. Nuclear Energy and Elementary Particles.
Nuclear Fission. Nuclear Fusion. Elementary Particles and the Fundamental Forces. Positrons and Other Antiparticles. Classification of Particles. Conservation Laws. The Eightfold Way. Quarks and Color. Electroweak Theory and the Standard Model. The Cosmic Connection. Unanswered Questions in Cosmology. Problems and Perspectives.
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.

  • John Hughes

    John Hughes is Chair of Physical Sciences and Professor of Engineering Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As an experimentalist interested in space and plasma physics, he has worked on projects supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force and Naval Research Laboratories. He has published more than 20 research papers in scientific journals and has given many presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Hughes has been teaching for more than 15 years and currently focuses most of his professional efforts on student success in introductory physics courses.

  • A new activity, S.T.E.P. (Scaffolding the Essentials of Physics), developed by co-author Chris Vuille, is available in WebAssign. STEP is a learning activity designed to systematically guide students into mastery as they learn to solve physics problems. The 12th edition has been aligned with the topic progression of STEP, offering your students consistency between textbook and WebAssign.

  • New worked examples have been added, and many existing examples have been revised to improve their pedagogical value, clarity, and quality.

  • Fully updated and modernized with recent developments and applications, including redefinitions of SI base units to wireless charging, LED lightbulbs and other modern applications.

  • The text’s hallmark worked examples continue to create a framework for your students to solve problems. Each example provides a goal, the problem, and the strategy, while the solution uses a two-column format to provide explanations on the left and mathematical steps on the right. Remarks highlight underlying concepts, a question requires your students to provide a conceptual response, and an exercise reinforces their understanding.

  • Conceptual Questions are presented at the end of each topic: Applying Physics examples serve as models to show how concepts can be applied to the physical world.

  • Guided Problems train students how to break down complex problems into simpler steps, enabling students to grasp all the concepts and strategies required to arrive at the solution.

  • Symbolic Problems train students to deal with mathematics at a level appropriate to the course and present relationships between physics concepts.

  • Quantitative Conceptual Problems require answers other than a number or calculation, encouraging students to think conceptually rather than rely on computational skills, so that they understand what they are doing.

  • Biomedical Applications & Problems and MCAT Test Preparation deal with practical and interesting applications of physical principles to biology and medicine.

  • Quick Quizzes use an objective assessment format (including multiple choice, true/false, matching and ranking questions) to provide your students with opportunities to test their understanding.

  • Applying Physics features provide your students with a means of reviewing concepts presented in that section. Some demonstrate the connection between concepts in that chapter and other scientific disciplines.

  • Tips, placed in the margins of the text, address common student misconceptions at the point of need.

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