Physics for Scientists and Engineers,
10th Edition

Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett

ISBN-13: 9781337553278
Copyright 2019 | Published
1296 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

Maximize your course success by making the most of what Serway/Jewett's PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Tenth Edition, has to offer. From a host of in-text features to a range of outstanding technology resources, you'll have everything you need to understand the natural forces and principles of physics. New context-rich exercises, Think-Pair-Share problems and MCAT-style passage problems enable you to put what you learn into practice. Also available, WebAssign is the world's easiest to use homework system. Throughout every chapter, the authors have built in a wide range of examples, exercises and illustrations that will help you understand the laws of physics AND succeed in your course!


1. Physics and Measurement.
2. Motion in One Dimension.
3. Vectors.
4. Motion in Two Dimensions.
5. The Laws of Motion.
6. Circular Motion and Other Applications of Newton's Laws.
7. Energy of a System.
8. Conservation of Energy.
9. Linear Momentum and Collisions.
10. Rotation of a Rigid Object About a Fixed Axis.
11. Angular Momentum.
12. Static Equilibrium and Elasticity.
13. Universal Gravitation.
14. Fluid Mechanics.
15. Oscillatory Motion.
16. Wave Motion.
17. Superposition and Standing Waves.
18. Temperature.
19. The First Law of Thermodynamics.
20. The Kinetic Theory of Gases.
21. Heat Engines, Entropy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
22. Electric Fields.
23. Continuous Charge Distributions and Gauss's Law.
24. Electric Potential.
25. Capacitance and Dielectrics.
26. Current and Resistance.
27. Direct-Current Circuits.
28. Magnetic Fields.
29. Sources of the Magnetic Field.
30. Faraday's Law.
31. Inductance.
32. Alternating-Current Circuits.
33. Electromagnetic Waves.
34. The Nature of Light and the Principles of Ray Optics
35. Image Formation.
36. Wave Optics.
37. Diffraction Patterns and Polarization.
38. Relativity.
A. Tables.
B. Mathematics Review.
C. Periodic Table of the Elements.
D. SI Units.
Answers to Quick Quizzes and Odd-Numbered 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.

  • John W. Jewett

    John W. Jewett Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at Drexel University and his doctorate at The Ohio State University, specializing in optical and magnetic properties of condensed matter. Dr. Jewett began his academic career at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where he taught from 1974 to 1984. Active in promoting effective physics education, he has received four National Science Foundation grants in physics education, and he helped found and direct the Southern California Area Modern Physics Institute (SCAMPI) and Science IMPACT (Institute for Modern Pedagogy and Creative Teaching). Dr. Jewett's honors include the Stockton Merit Award at Richard Stockton College in 1980, selection as Outstanding Professor at California State Polytechnic University for 1991-1992 and the Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in 1998. In 2010, he received an Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University in recognition of his contributions in physics education. He has given over 100 presentations both domestically and abroad, including multiple presentations at national meetings of the AAPT. Dr. Jewett is the author of THE WORLD OF PHYSICS: MYSTERIES, MAGIC, AND MYTH, which provides many connections between physics and everyday experiences. In addition to this text, he is co-author of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition, and GLOBAL ISSUES, a four-volume set of instruction manuals in integrated science for high school. Dr. Jewett enjoys playing keyboard with his all-physicist band, traveling and collecting antique quack medical devices. Most importantly, he relishes spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their children and grandchildren.

  • INTEGRATIVE APPROACH. Today's students begin a problem by Googling to find the right equation or explanation of the relevant concept. This behavior has eroded the value attributed to online homework, exemplified by the expanding gap between online homework and exam scores. The 10th edition's integrative approach to course materials seamlessly matches curated content to the learning environment for which it was intended--from in-class group problem solving to optimized, online homework that utilizes targeted feedback.

  • NEW OPTIMIZED ONLINE HOMEWORK. With contextual randomizations and answer-dependent student remediation for every problem, students don't need to leave WebAssign to get help when they're stuck--each problem has feedback that addresses the misconception a student made to reach the wrong answer. Every optimized problem features comprehensive written solutions, and many have supporting video solutions. As optimized problems are not in print, the content is protected from "solution providers" and will be augmented every year with updates to the targeted feedback based on actual student answers.

  • NEW CONTEXT-RICH PROBLEMS. Helping students make a personal connection, problems always talk in terms of "you" and have a real-world connection instead of discussing blocks on planes or balls on strings. Structured like a short story, they may not always explicitly identify the variable that needs to be evaluated. Context-rich problems may relate to the opening story line of the chapter, involve "expert witness" scenarios and allow students to go beyond mathematical manipulation by designing an argument based on mathematical results--or ask for decisions to be made in real situations.

  • NEW THINK-PAIR-SHARE EXERCISES. Ideal for group discussions and assignments, Think-Pair-Share problems and activities include a solution that is not as straightforward as for a single-concept problem. Some Think-Pair-Share problems require the group to discuss and make decision; others are made more challenging by the fact that some information is not and cannot be known. All chapters in the text have at least one Think-Pair-Share problem or activity; additional problems are available in WebAssign.

  • NEW LIFE SCIENCE PROBLEMS. The online-only problems set for each chapter in WebAssign features two new life science problems that highlight the relevance of physics principles students taking the course who are majoring in one of the life sciences.

  • NEW MCAT-STYLE PASSAGE PROBLEMS. Available in WebAssign, 30 added modules are modeled after the new MCAT exam's "passage problems." Each module starts with a text passage--often with accompanying photos/figures--followed by 5-6 multiple-choice questions. The passage and the questions are usually not confined to a single chapter. For example, a question on projectile motion may include questions about the work done to launch the projectile and also include the Doppler effect in asking about how the wavelength or frequency of the detected sound changes as the projectile moves.

  • NEW WHAT IF? PROBLEM EXTENSIONS. The online-only problems set for each chapter in WebAssign contains 6 new What If? extensions to existing problems. What If? extensions expand students' understanding of physics concepts beyond the simple act of arriving at a numerical result.

  • PRE-LECTURE EXPLORATIONS. Available in WebAssign, Pre-Lecture Explorations combine Active Figures with conceptual and analytical questions that guide students to a deeper understanding and help promote a robust physical intuition.

  • INTERACTIVE VIDEO VIGNETTES. Available in WebAssign, Interactive Video Vignette questions encourage students to address their alternate conceptions outside the classroom. Online video analysis and interactive individual tutorials address learning difficulties identified by PER (Physics Education Research).

  • NEW CHAPTER 16 "WAVE MOTION." All the fundamental material on traveling mechanical waves on strings and sound waves through materials is now presented in one chapter. This allows for more close comparisons between the features of the two types of waves that are similar, such as derivations of the speed of the wave. The section on reflection and transmission of waves--details that are not necessary in a chapter on traveling waves--was moved to Chapter 17, "Superposition and Standing Waves," where it fits more naturally in a discussion of the effects of boundary conditions on waves.

  • REORGANIZED CHAPTER 22, "ELECTRIC FIELDS." The material on continuous distribution of charge was moved from Chapter 22 to Chapter 23, providing a chapter that is a more gradual introduction for students into the new and challenging topic of electricity. The chapter now involves only topics related to electric fields due to point charges and uniform electric fields due to parallel plates.

  • REORGANIZED CHAPTER 23, "CONTINUOUS CHARGE DISTRIBUTIONS AND GAUSS'S LAW." Adding to the analysis of electric fields due to continuous charge distributions using Gauss's law, Chapter 23 now also includes material on continuous distribution of charge--resulting in an entire chapter based on the analysis of fields from continuous charge distributions, using two techniques: integration and Gauss's law.

  • REORGANIZED CHAPTER 24, "ELECTRIC POTENTIAL." Now Chapter 24 includes discussions of all four properties of isolated charged conductors--meaning students learn all the necessary basic material before the discussion of properties of isolated charged conductors. In addition, all four properties can be argued from basic principles together.

  • NEW STORYLINE APPROACH. Each chapter now opens with a new section that provides a continuous storyline through the whole book of "you" as an inquisitive physics student observing and analyzing phenomena seen in everyday life. In many chapters, the storyline involves measurements made with a smartphone, observations of YouTube videos or investigations on the Internet.

  • NEW CHAPTER-OPENING CONNECTIONS. The start of each chapter also features a "Connections" section that shows how the material in the chapter connects to previously studied material and to future material. The "Connections" section provides a "big picture" of the concepts, explains why this chapter is placed in this particular location relative to the other chapters and shows how the structure of physics builds on previous material.

  • PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGY. Outlined early in the text, a General Problem Solving Strategy provides a series of steps similar to those professional physicists use. This problem-solving strategy is revisited in each Worked Example, so students approach problems consistently, developing stronger skills. Providing further reinforcement, Problem-Solving Strategy boxes offer additional tips for tackling specific types of situations.

  • WORKED EXAMPLES. A signature feature of the text, Worked Examples are presented in a visually appealing two-column format, providing conceptual explanations next to the math for every step. The examples follow the authors' proven General Problem Solving Strategy to reinforce good habits. About one-third of the worked examples include "What If?" extensions that further reinforce conceptual understanding. Solutions are presented symbolically as much as possible with numbers substituted in at the last possible moment to help students think symbolically when they solve problems.

  • HALLMARK PROBLEM SETS. An extensive set of problems is included at the end of each chapter, and answers to odd-numbered problems are provided at the end of the book. Organized by chapter sections, problems "platform" students to higher-order thinking by presenting all the straightforward (black) problems in the section first, followed by intermediate (blue) problems. The "Additional Problems" section contains problems that span more than one section of the chapter, and the "Challenging Problems" section gathers the chapter's toughest problems in one place.

  • PROBLEM VARIETY. The authors include a great diversity of problem types, including Quantitative/Conceptual problems with parts that ask students to think both quantitatively and conceptually; Symbolic problems that ask students to solve a problem using symbolic manipulation; Biomedical problems that highlight the relevance of physics principles to life science students; Review problems requiring students to combine concepts covered in the chapter with those discussed in previous chapters; and problems that ask students to reason in order-of-magnitude terms.

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