The success of this best-selling algebra/trigonometry based physics text is evidenced by a growing list of over 700 schools using the book. The fourth edition continues the standard of excellence with up-to-the-minute revisions, vibrant photography and illustrations, detailed problem-solving strategies, superb examples and problems, and an unsurpassed ancillary package complete with multimedia support. The authors masterfully achieve their primary objective which is to present the fundamentals of physics in an engaging style geared to a one-year course in introductory/general physics. They also succeed in strengthening students' understanding of concepts through numerous, vivid real-world applications and exceptional problem solving skill-building exercises. The text is especially well-suited to biology and health profession students including many life science applications and related problems, as well as to students in other disciplines including physics. Features: * A classroom-proven design makes strategic use of color in illustrations to enhance communications of concepts. Throughout the text, consistent color-coding works as a dynamic pedagogic tool to support learning. Over 300 color photographs with detailed captions reinforce the real-world applications of physics. * Systematic presentation of problem-solving strategies builds students' confidence in the problem-solving process. More than 300 outstanding worked examples have received praise from educators across the nation for making "problem-solvers" out of students. Reasoning statements are included in many of the worked examples to guide students' thinking. * "Physics in Action" boxes, color photos of fascinating demonstrations and phenomena with detailed explanations, bring the lab into the classroom and are ideal discussion starters motivating students to examine and understand physics. New to this edition: * The authors have streamlined topic presentation keeping pace with current teaching trends and better accomodating two-semester courses. To improve continuity and streamline information, some topics have been moved from the main text body to special mini-chapters called "For Further Study". * Of the 30% new end-of-chapter problems, special emphasis has been placed on adding new intermediate-level problems providing a superb balance of easy/medium/challenging problems. * Over 150 new conceptual questions have been added to end-of-chapter material. Three to five conceptual questions per chapter have fully worked out reasoning and answer statements and precede the additional questions. * Material from the highly acclaimed Interactive Physics II software program has been integrated into the text and package. A problem set on computer disks containing about 100 physics simulations turns a computer into a complete motion laboratory letting students "see physics happening." The simulations in the problem set are keyed to selected worked examples and end-of-chapter problems in the text, and may be altered to create new problems and experiments. * Screen images of physics simulations from the accompanying problem set disks are reproduced in several color figures throughout the text provideing students with an excellent representation of the Interactive Physics II program capabilities. * Life Science applications, marked for easy identification with a special life sceince icon, have been highlighted in special biological essays and examples, enhancing the text's proven non-majors appeal. * The Pocket Guide is a 5 x 7 paperback synopsis of the textbook that gives students the essentials in a readily-grasped, abbreviated form they can scan to recap material after detailed study in the main text or to review before tests.
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Raymond A. Serway received his doctorate at Illinois Institute of Technology and is Professor Emeritus at James Madison University. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Utica College. He received the 1990 Madison Scholar Award at James Madison University, where he taught for 17 years. Dr. Serway began his teaching career at Clarkson University, where he conducted research and taught from 1967 to 1980. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Clarkson University in 1977 and the Alumni Achievement Award from Utica College in 1985. As Guest Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, he worked with K. Alex Müller, 1987 Nobel Prize recipient. Dr. Serway also was a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he collaborated with his mentor and friend, the late Sam Marshall. In addition to PHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, Dr. Serway is the coauthor of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS, Fifth Edition; COLLEGE PHYSICS, Ninth Edition; ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS; MODERN PHYSICS, Third Edition; and the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt McDougal. In addition, Dr. Serway has published more than 40 research papers in the field of condensed matter physics and has given more than 60 presentations at professional meetings. Dr. Serway and his wife Elizabeth enjoy traveling, playing golf, fishing, gardening, singing in the church choir, and especially spending quality time with their four children, nine grandchildren, and a recent great-grandson.
Jerry S. Faughn earned his doctorate at the University of Mississippi. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University. He is coauthor of a nonmathematical physics text; a physical science text for general education students; and (with Dr. Serway) the high school textbook PHYSICS, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He has taught courses ranging from the lower division to the graduate level, but his primary interest is in students just beginning to learn physics. He has been director of a number of NSF and state grants, many of which were devoted to the improvement of physics education. He believes that there is no greater calling than to be a teacher and an interpreter of physics for others.
Chris Vuille is an associate professor of physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, the world's premier institution for aviation higher education. He received his doctorate in physics at the University of Florida in 1989. While he has taught courses at all levels, including postgraduate, his primary interest and responsibility has been the delivery of introductory physics. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence, including the Senior Class Appreciation Award (three times). He conducts research in general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, and quantum theory and was a participant in the JOVE program, a special three-year NASA grant program during which he studied properties of neutron stars. His work has appeared in a number of scientific journals and in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION/SCIENCE FACT magazine. In addition to this textbook, he is the coauthor of ESSENTIALS OF COLLEGE PHYSICS. Dr. Vuille enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and playing classical piano; he is a former chess champion of St. Petersburg and Atlanta. His wife, Dianne Kowing, is an optometrist for a local VA clinic. Teen daughter Kira Vuille-Kowing is a meteorology/communications double major at ERAU and a recent graduate of her father's first-year physics course. He has two sons--fifteen-year-old Christopher, a cellist and fisherman, and six-year-old James, an avid reader of Disney comics.
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