Features and Benefits

Make physics more relatable through real-world connections 

  • Topics of interest to life science students, such as the nature of the drag force at different scales and qualitative and quantitative descriptions of diffusion, provide current coverage of relevant topics based on the evolving consensus in the Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences community. New material stressing the application of physics to life sciences includes structural color in animals and plants, the electric sense of different animals, the circulatory system, and forces and torques in the body.
  • EXPANDED! Exclusive real-world data used in hundreds of new end-of-chapter questions and problems ensure students can make sense of answers grounded in the real world. Questions and problems show physics at work in realistic, interesting situations and test different types of reasoning using equations, ratios, and graphs. Data from Mastering Physics make sure problems cover a wide range of difficulties for each topic and problem-solving approach. 
  • Examples throughout the book use the chapter concepts to explore interesting, realistic situations, from how bees use electric fields to locate promising flowers to how a study of force and torque in the jaw explains why dogs have long snouts and cats don’t.
  • Physics topics connect to other courses that students are likely to take. For example, a new section connects the concept of the conservation of energy to topics from chemistry, including ionization energy and the role of a catalysts in reactions. 

Help students understand the big picture 

  • Learning Objectives keyed to relevant end of chapter problems help students check their understanding and guide them in choosing appropriate problems to optimize their study time.
  • Enhanced Chapter Previews focus on the three most important ideas and align to specific learning objectives. In addition, they explicitly mention the one or two most important concepts from past chapters and finish with a new “Stop to Think” question, giving students a chance to build on their knowledge from previous chapters and integrate it with new content they are about to read. 

Help students develop strategic problem-solving skills

  • STRATEGIZE step in examples shows students the “big picture” view before delving into the details. Classroom testing of this addition has shown it to be popular with students and effective in teaching problem-solving skills.