College Physics, Volume 2,
11th Edition

Raymond A. Serway, Chris Vuille

ISBN-13: 9781305965522
Copyright 2018 | Published
512 pages | List Price: USD $178.95

Succeed in your course, improve your problem-solving skills, and enrich your understanding of the world around you with COLLEGE PHYSICS, Volume 2, 11th Edition! This proven text offers a logical presentation of the physical concepts with a consistent strategy for solving problems and an unparalleled array of worked examples to help you master the concepts and skills of the course.


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. Dispersion and Prisms. The Rainbow. Huygens’ Principle. Total Internal Reflection.
23. Mirrors and Lenses.
Flat Mirrors. Images Formed by Spherical Mirrors. Images Formed by Refraction. Atmospheric Refraction. Thin Lenses. Lens and Mirror Aberrations.
24. Wave Optics.
Conditions for Interference. Young’s Double-Slit Experiment. Change of Phase Due to Reflection. Interference in Thin Films. Using Interference to Read CDs and DVDs. Diffraction. Single-Slit Diffraction. Diffraction Gratings. 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.

  • 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. After finishing these new sections, students will know how to calculate these forces in the most common contexts. Then, when encountering applications, they will find that many difficult, two-dimensional problems will reduce to one dimension, because the second dimension simply gives the normal and friction forces that they already understand.

  • THE SYSTEM APPROACH EXTENDED TO ROTATING SYSTEMS: The most difficult problems in first-year physics are those involving the second law of motion and the second law of motion for rotation simultaneously. While teaching an introductory course, author Chris Vuille discovered that these problems, involving up to four equations and four unknowns, can often be easily solved with one equation and one unknown. This technique, added to Topic 8, is not currently found in any other first-year textbook and represents a great benefit for students by turning the hardest problem type into one of the easiest.

  • NEW CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS AND NEW AND REVISED PROBLEMS: New systematic, clicker-friendly conceptual questions have been added to the book, and all questions and problems for this revision were carefully reviewed to improve their variety, interest, and pedagogical value while maintaining their clarity and quality. An extensive set of problems is included at the end of each topic and hundreds of new problems were added, with less-used problems removed. In all, the Eleventh Edition provides over 2,100 problems.

  • EARLIER VECTOR COVERAGE: The topic of vectors is now covered in Topic 1, along with other preliminary material. This allows students to get comfortable with vectors and how they are used in physics well before they’re needed for problem-solving.

  • 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: A general problem-solving strategy to be followed by the student is outlined at the end of Topic 1. This strategy provides students with a structured process for solving problems. In most topics, more specific strategies and suggestions are included for solving the types of problems featured in both the worked examples and the end-of-topic problems. This feature helps students identify the essential steps in solving problems and increases their skills as problem solvers.

  • CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS: At the end of each topic are approximately 15 conceptual questions. The Applying Physics examples serve as models for students and show how the concepts can be applied to understanding the physical world. Conceptual questions provide students with a means of self-testing the concepts presented in the topic; some are also appropriate for initiating classroom discussions.

  • SYMBOLIC PROBLEMS: Symbolic Problems require the student to obtain an answer in terms of symbols. The goal is to train students to deal with mathematics at a level appropriate to the course. Symbolic equations are the most efficient vehicle for presenting relationships between physics concepts. Once students understand the physical concepts, their ability to solve problems is greatly enhanced. Symbolic problems train the student to postpone substitution of values, facilitating their ability to think conceptually using the equations.

  • QUANTITATIVE/CONCEPTUAL PROBLEMS: Quantitative/Conceptual Problems encourage students to think conceptually about physics problems rather than rely solely on computational skills. Physics education research suggests that standard physics problems requiring calculations may not be entirely adequate in training students to think conceptually; students substitute numbers for symbols in equations without fully understanding what they are doing. Quantitative/Conceptual Problems combat this tendency by asking for answers requiring something other than a number or a calculation.

  • GUIDED PROBLEMS: Guided Problems help train students to break down complex problems into a series of simpler problems, an essential problem-solving skill. A physics problem typically asks for one physical quantity in a given context. Often, however, several concepts must be used and a number of calculations are required to get that final answer, and many students are not accustomed to this level of complexity. Guided Problems break a problem into smaller steps, enabling students to grasp all the concepts and strategies required to arrive at a correct solution.

  • BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS & PROBLEMS AND MCAT TEST PREPARATION GUIDE: Indicated in the margin and in the problems set by an icon, biomedical applications and problems deal with practical and interesting applications of physical principles to biology and medicine. The MCAT Test Preparation Guide, located at the front of the book, outlines the six content categories related to physics on the exam and aligns these categories with content from the text. Students can use the guide to prepare for the MCAT exam, class tests, or homework assignments.

  • QUICK QUIZZES: Quick Quizzes, cast in an objective format (including multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and ranking questions), provide students with opportunities to test their understanding of the physical concepts presented. The questions require students to make decisions on the basis of sound reasoning, and some have been written to help students overcome common misconceptions. Many instructors choose to use Quick Quiz questions in a "peer instruction" teaching style.

  • APPLICATIONS: Although physics is relevant to so much in our modern lives, it may not be obvious to students in an introductory course. Application margin notes make the relevance of physics to everyday life more obvious by pointing out specific applications in the text.

  • APPLYING PHYSICS: The Applying Physics features provide students with an additional means of reviewing concepts presented in that section. Some Applying Physics examples demonstrate the connection between the concepts presented in that chapter and other scientific disciplines. These examples also serve as models for students when assigned the task of responding to the Conceptual Questions at the end of each topic.

  • TIPS: Placed in the margins of the text, Tips address common student misconceptions and situations in which students often follow unproductive paths. More than 95 Tips are provided to help students avoid common mistakes and misunderstandings.

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