Inquiry into Physics,
8th Edition

Vern J. Ostdiek, Donald J. Bord

ISBN-13: 9781305959422
Copyright 2018 | Published
576 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

What do iPods, GPS devices, airport metal detectors, LCD displays, and PET scans have to do with physics? The Eighth Edition of INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS answers these questions and many others, helping you understand fundamental concepts using a unique inquiry-based approach. The text integrates modern applications of physics such as plasma TVs and radar "guns" to demonstrate the relevance of physics in daily life.


Prologue: Getting Started.
1. The Study of Motion.
2. Newton's Laws.
3. Energy and Conservation Laws.
4. Physics of Matter.
5. Temperature and Heat.
6. Waves and Sound.
7. Electricity.
8. Electromagnetism and EM Waves.
9. Optics.
10. Atomic Physics.
11. Nuclear Physics.
12. Relativity, Particle Physics, and Cosmology.
Appendix A: Winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Appendix B: Math Review.
Appendix C: Answers.
Glossary of Key Terms and Laws.
Table of Conversion Factors and Other Information.
Periodic Table.

  • Vern J. Ostdiek

    Vern Ostdiek was an Associate Professor at Benedictine College, where he had a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to teaching courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science, he oversaw the Computer Discovery Lab. Vern was named Benedictine College's Educator of the Year in 1999. His research interests centered on the nocturnal dynamics of the lower part of the Earth's atmosphere. Past research topics included noctilucent clouds and frontal zones.

  • Donald J. Bord

    Don Bord, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Prior to his appointment, he taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where his collaboration with Vern Ostdiek led to the development and publication of INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, now in its 8th Edition. Don has an abiding interest in physics and astronomy education, particularly as it pertains to laboratory instruction, and has published articles in The American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Sky and Telescope. He was co-editor, with Clint Sprott, of the first edition of Great Ideas for Teaching Physics. Don's research focuses on determining the abundance of heavy and rare-earth elements in chemically peculiar stars and the Sun using high-resolution spectra. Don served as chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, associate dean for planning and faculty development and associate provost, interim chair of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2016. He was the first recipient of the University of Michigan's Jacqueline Lawson Award for his contributions in the area of faculty governance.

  • UPDATED WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD. The text covers the most current scientific discoveries and achievements, including newly discovered chemical elements; recent advances in particle physics (e.g., the discovery of the Higgs boson with the Large Hadron Collider in 2014) and cosmology (including the discovery of gravitational waves using the LIGO observatories in 2016); additional refinements in the discussion of entropy; expanded treatments of special and general relativity; and an up-to-date list of Nobel Prize recipients in physics.

  • FULLY REVISED CHAPTER 12. To make this final chapter more pedagogically effective, the author pared down the prior discussion of elementary particles, added a completely new section on general relativity, and reorganized the presentation to better reflect the conceptual connection between Einstein’s contributions in special and general relativity, the development and impact of particle physics in the wake of World War II, and the profound influence of these branches of physical science on the emergence and progress of both theoretical and observational cosmology.

  • UPDATED, FULL-COLOR ART PROGRAM. To help students better visualize and comprehend even the most abstract concepts, the text now incorporates many new photos, as well as improved line illustrations that include new explanatory annotations and a consistent use of color for key vector quantities.

  • NEW QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS, AND ACTIVITIES. More than two dozen new questions and problems, including additional ranking exercises, give instructors more flexibility in tailoring assignments to their course needs. Physics to Go exploration boxes now feature clearer instructions and goals to better support students studying on their own.

  • ENHANCED INSTRUCTOR TOOLS. The Instructor’s Resource Site offers an instructor support package that includes lecture presentation resources to aid in course preparation.

  • CONCISE, STRUCTURED CONTENTS. With just 12 chapters, INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, 8th Edition, is more compact than competing texts, making it perfect for instructors teaching one-semester courses and looking for a text structured in a traditional "chapter-a-week" format.

  • NATURAL PHENOMENA APPLICATIONS. The book uses a broad range of applications of physics principles as seen in natural phenomena, such as thunder and lightning storms, rainbows and sundogs, auroras, the greenhouse effect, geomagnetism, and more, to better engage non-science majors.

  • EMPHASIS ON MODERN APPLICATIONS. Modern applications of physics to such devices as iPods and iPads, airport metal detectors, in-home smoke detectors, radar "guns," plasma TVs, fiber optics probes, PET scanners, lasers, and more engage students and show them the relevance of physics in their lives.

  • INQUIRY-BASED APPROACH. Physics to Go activities encourage students to engage with the subject matter through guided hands-on activities and to draw conclusions based on their observations before proceeding to the textual discussion of the principles of physics involved.

  • CONCEPT MAPS. Concept Maps (one to three in each chapter) visually summarize abstract concepts, helping students link key concepts, processes, and systems in an easy-to-follow flowchart format. End-of-chapter Mapping It Out! features allow students to create and share their own concept maps to improve and validate their understanding of important concepts and key relationships.

  • PROLOGUE. An introductory chapter covers the application of physics, the scientific method, and measurement and answers such basic questions as: What is physics? How does one do physics? How does a beginner learn physics? This chapter has been designed to help students immediately see why the study of physics is a useful and stimulating endeavor.

  • WITHIN-CHAPTER LEARNING CHECKS. To give students an opportunity to test their basic comprehension of the material before going on, Learning Checks at the end of each major section provide conceptual self-quizzes.

  • CHAPTER-ENDING PROFILES. Each chapter ends with a fascinating look at the human side of physics. Newly titled Profiles in Physics, these essays trace the lives and work of individuals who made groundbreaking discoveries and developed the physics concepts presented in the chapter. Exploring the lives of scientists from Aristotle to Murray Gell-Mann, these features reveal to readers the challenges faced and overcome by physicists throughout history.

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