New to Edition

Improved and Updated Pedagogy

  • MisConceptual (Multiple-choice) Questions now appear at the end of each chapter. Answer options for these questions include common student misconceptions, providing both a learning and a testing experience.
  • Search and Learn Problems are at the very end of each Chapter, after the other Problems. Ranging from simple to challenging, Search and Learn Problems compel students to reread part of the chapter. This search for answers provides opportunities to reinforce fundamental concepts.
  • Chapter-Opening Questions (COQs) start each chapter as a sort of “stimulant.” Each is multiple-choice, with responses including common misconceptions–to get preconceived notions on the table. Where the related topics is covered in the chapter, an Exercise asks students to return to the COQ and reconsider it.
  • Modified examples include more math steps that are spelled out, and many new Examples have been added. About 10% of all Examples are Estimate Examples.
  • Improved page layout has been achieved for every page of the book. Important derivations and Examples are on facing pages.

Updated Content and Applications

  • Language has been streamlined throughout and edited for greater clarity. Specifically, essentials appear first; elaborations follow.
  • Coverage of digital technology has been significantly updated throughout to emphasize the role of physics in modern life.
  • New topics, new applications, and principal revisions include:
  • You can measure the Earth’s radius
  • Improved graphical analysis of linear motion
  • The Moon’s orbit around the Earth: its phases and periods, with a diagram
  • Planets (how they were first seen); heliocentric and geocentric models
  • Explanation of the change in a lake's level when a large rock is thrown from a boat
  • Colors as seen under water
  • Soap bubble sequence of colors explained
  • Solar sails
  • Biology and medicine, including: Blood measurements (blood flow, blood sugar); use of trees to help offset CO2 buildup; pulse oximeter; proton therapy; calculation of radon exposure; the brain and cell phone use; and PET, SPECT, MRI
  • Lots on sports
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Free-electron theory of metals, Fermi gas, Fermi level
  • Semiconductor devices–new details on diodes, LEDs, OLEDs, solar cells, compound semiconductors, diode lasers, MOSFET transistors, chips, 22-nm technology


  • NEW! Video Tutor Demonstrations feature “pause-and-predict” demonstrations of key physics concepts and incorporate assessment as the student progresses to engage them actively in understanding the key conceptual ideas underlying the physics principles.
  • NEW! Prelecture Concept Questions encourage students to read the textbook prior to lecture. These quizzes help your students stay on track and be more engaged in lectures.
  • NEW! PhET Tutorials prompt students to engage with the renowned PhET simulations and test students’ conceptual understanding. PhET Simulations are interactive tools that help students make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying physics. 76 PhET simulations are also provided in the Study Area of MasteringPhysics and in the Pearson eText.
  • NEW! Math Remediation found within selected tutorials provides just-in-time math help and allows students to brush up on the most important mathematical concepts needed to complete assignments successfully. This new feature links students directly to math review and practice, helping students make the connection between math and physics.
  • NEW! Choose from a set of pre-built courses and assignments to use as a starting point for your own course. Pre-built Courses feature actual courses that authors and contributing professors have used with success on their own campuses. Pre-built Assignments follow best-practice guidelines for length and difficulty level and include a mixture of Tutorials and End-of-Chapter questions using a variety of problem types.
  • NEW! MasteringPhysics tracks student performance against your learning outcomes. Mastering offers a data-supported measure to quantify students’ learning gains and to share those results quickly and easily:
    • View class performance against the specified learning outcomes.
    • Export results to a spreadsheet that you can further customize and/or share with your chair, dean, administrator, or accreditation board.
    • The new Pearson eText app for iPad® and Android® is a great companion to Pearson's eText browser-based book, ready for desktop and laptop computers.