Features and Benefits

The text and the technology assets of MasteringPhysics are designed to work in tandem, creating a seamless learning suite to support student learning before, during, and after class.

Chapter Ordering Changes

NEW | Chapter ordering changes allow instructors to more easily organize content as needed to accommodate labs, schedules, and different teaching styles. Work and energy are now covered before momentum, oscillations are grouped with mechanical waves, and optics appears after electricity and magnetism.

Addition of Advanced Topics

NEW | Addition of advanced topics as optional sections further expands instructors’ options. Topics include rocket propulsion, gyroscopes and precession, the wave equation (including for electromagnetic waves), the speed of sound in gases, and more details on the interference of light.

Model Boxes

NEW | Model boxes enhance the text’s emphasis on modeling—analyzing a complex, real-world situation in terms of simple but reasonable idealizations that can be applied over and over in solving problems. These fundamental simplifications are developed in the text and then deployed more explicitly in the worked examples, helping students to recognize when and how to use recurring models (such as motion with constant acceleration or the photon model of light).

Visual Appeal

UPDATED | Visual program includes over 500 pieces of revised art that increase the focus on key ideas and enhanced chapter previews that address the questions students are most likely to ask themselves while studying the material for the first time. A hallmark of Knight since the beginning, figures are streamlined to focus on the physics at hand.

Focused Part Overviews and Knowledge Structures

UPDATED | Focused Part Overviews and Knowledge Structures consolidate understanding of groups of chapters and give a tighter structure to the book as a whole. Reworked Part Overviews and Knowledge Structures (one per page) provide more targeted detail on overarching themes.

NEW | Significantly revised end-of-chapter problem sets include more challenging problems that will expand the range of physics and math skills students will use to solve problems—a new icon for calculus-based problems is included.

NEW | Looking Back Pointers enable students to look back at a previous chapter when it’s important to review concepts. Pointers provide the specific section to consult at the exact point in the text where they need to use this material.

A consistent 4-step approach provides a problem-solving framework throughout the book (and all supplements): students learn the importance of making assumptions (in the MODEL step) and gathering information and making sketches (in the VISUALIZE step) before treating the problem mathematically (SOLVE) and then analyzing their results (ASSESS).

The Student Workbook provides straightforward confidence- and skill-building exercises, bridging the gap between worked examples and end-of-chapter problems. Worksheets following the MODEL/VISUALIZE/SOLVE/ASSESS framework provide tear-out templates for students to follow when practicing solving dynamics, energy, and momentum problems.