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Conceptual Physical Science, Third Edition takes learning physical science to a new level by combining HewittÕs leading conceptual approach and friendly writing style in a new edition that provides stronger integration of the sciences, more quantitative coverage, and a wealth of new media resources to help readers. The dynamic new media program includes hundreds of animations and interactive tutorials developed specifically for students taking physical science courses. Media references throughout the book point readers to additional online help. KEY TOPICS The bookÕs consistent, high-quality coverage includes five new chapters on chemistry, astronomy, and earth science for an even more balanced approach to physical science. For college instructors, students, or anyone interested in physical science.

Book News Annotation:

An introductory text on physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy, designed to capture student interest. Emphasis is on comprehension of basic concepts rather than mathematical language and mathematical problems. Treatments is quite visual, with color photos, diagrams, and humorous illustrations. Pedagogical features include summaries of terms, review questions, exercises, home projects, and sample exam questions. This second edition contains many new chapters, and new boxed readings relating science concepts to familiar things and events in the student's world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Paul G. Hewitt was a Silver Medallist Flyweight Boxing Champion for New England State at the age of 17. He was then a cartoonist, sign painter, and uranium prospector before beginning his physics studies.

Hewitt's first book, Conceptual Physics, now in its Ninth Edition, was published in 1971, while he was teaching at City College of San Francisco. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and most recently at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Hewitt recently retired from teaching at the City College of San Francisco and at San Francisco's world-famous science museum, the Exploratorium.

John Suchocki received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1987 from Virginia Commonwealth University, where his research focused on the isolation and characterization of natural products. After a two year post-doc in medicinal chemistry/pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia, John became a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he began working with his uncle, Paul Hewitt, on Conceptual Physical Science. After a couple of years at the Manoa campus, John transferred to and eventually received tenure from Leeward Community College, one of the University of Hawaii's community colleges. At Leeward CC, his research efforts turned to chemical education, with particular emphasis on liberal arts chemistry courses and distance learning technology. After a decade in Hawaii, John relocated to Vermont with his wife and three children, where he now teaches liberal arts chemistry at Saint Michael's College. Concurrent to his writing and teaching careers, John is also the writer of Conceptual Chemistry, now in its Second Edition, and a producer of multimedia content for science education, including his Conceptual Chemistry Alive! CD-ROM series. Leslie Hewitt, a former teacher at Westlake Elementary School in Daly City, CA, received her B.A. in Geology from San Francisco State University.

Table of Contents

 Prologue: About Science.


 1. Patterns of Motion and Equilibrium.

 2. Newton's Laws of Motion.

 3. Momentum and Energy.

 4. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.

 5. Projectile and Satellite Motion.

 6. Fluid Mechanics.

 7. Thermal Energy and Thermodynamics.

 8. Heat Transfer and Change of Phase.

 9. Static and Current Electricity.

10. Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction.

11. Sound Waves.

12. Light Waves.

13. Properties of Light.


14. Atoms and the Periodic Table.

15. Visualizing the Atom.

16. The Atomic Nucleus.

17. Elements of Chemistry.

18. Mixtures.

19. How Atoms Bond.

20. Molecular Attractions.

21. Chemical Reactions.

22. Acids and Bases.

23. Oxidation and Reduction.

24. Organic Compounds.


25. Minerals and How We Use Them.

26. Rocks.

27. The Dynamic Earth.

28. Water on Our World.

29. Surface Processes.

30. A Brief History of the Earth.

31. The Atmosphere, the Oceans, and Their Interactions.

32. Weather.

33. The Solar System.

34. The Stars and Beyond.

35. Special and General Relativity.

Appendix A On Measurement.

Appendix B Linear and Rotational Motion.

Appendix C Vectors.

Appendix D Exponential Growth and Doubling Time.

Product Details

Hewitt, Paul G.
Hewitt, Leslie A.
Suchocki, John A.
Hewitt, Paul G.
Hewitt, Leslie A.
Suchocki, John
Addison Wesley
Menlo Park, Calif. :
Physical sciences
Chemistry - Physical & Theoretical
Edition Number:
The Physical Science Place Series
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Grade Level:
College/higher education:
10.32x8.26x1.35 in. 3.50 lbs.

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