# University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences

## First EditionPhilip R. Kesten; David L. Tauck

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Authors Philip R. Kesten and David L. Tauck take a fresh and innovative approach to the university physics (calculus-based) course. They combine their experience teaching physics (Kesten) and biology (Tauck) to create a text that engages students by using biological and medical applications and examples to illustrate key concepts.

*University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences *teaches the fundamentals of introductory physics, while weaving in formative physiology, biomedical, and life science topics to help students connect physics to living systems. The authors help life science and pre-med students develop a deeper appreciation for why physics is important to their future work and daily lives. With its thorough coverage of concepts and problem-solving strategies, * University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences *can also be used as a novel approach to teaching physics to engineers and scientists or for a more rigorous approach to teaching the college physics (algebra-based) course.

*utilizes six key features to help students learn the principle concepts of university physics:*

*University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences*• A seamless blend of physics and physiology with interesting examples of physics in students’ lives,

• A strong focus on developing problem-solving skills (Set Up, Solve, and Reflect problem-solving strategy),

• Conceptual questions (Got the Concept) built into the flow of the text,

• “Estimate It!” problems that allow students to practice important estimation skills

• Special attention to common misconceptions that often plague students, and

• Detailed artwork designed to promote visual learning

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**VOLUME I**

**1 Physics: An Introduction**

1. Speaking Physics

2. Physical Quantities and Units

3. Prefixes and Conversions

4. Significant Figures

5. Solving Problems

6. Dimensional Analysis

**2 Linear Motion**

1. Constant Velocity Motion

2. Acceleration

3. Motion under Constant Acceleration

4. Gravity at the Surface of Earth

**3 Motion in Two Dimensions**

1. Horizontal and Vertical Motions are Independent

2. Vectors

3. Vector Components: Adding Vectors, Analyzing by Component

4. Projectile Motion

5. Uniform Circular Motion

**4 Newton’s Laws of Motion**

1. Newton’s First Law

2. Newton’s Second Law

3. Mass and Weight

4. Free Body Diagrams

5. Newton’s Third Law

6. Force, Acceleration, Motion

**5 Applications of Newton’s Laws**

1. Static Friction

2. Kinetic Friction

3. Working with Friction

4. Drag Force

5. Forces and Uniform Circular Motion

**6 Work And Energy**

1. Work

2. The Work – Energy Theorem

3. Applications of the Work – Energy Theorem

4. Work Done by a Variable Force

5. Potential Energy

6. Conservation of Energy

7. Nonconservative Forces

8. Using Energy Conservation

**7 Linear Momentum**

1. Linear Momentum

2. Conservation of Momentum

3. Inelastic Collisions

4. Contact Time

5. Elastic Collisions

6. Center of Mass

**8 Rotational Motion**

1. Rotational Kinetic Energy

2. Moment of Inertia

3. The Parallel-Axis Theorem

4. Conservation of Energy Revisited

5. Rotational Kinematics

6. Torque

7. Angular Momentum

8. The Vector Nature of Rotational Quantities

1. Tensile Stress and Strain

2. Volume Stress and Strain

3. Shear Stress and Strain

4. Elasticity and Fracture

8. The Vector Nature of Rotational Quantities

**9 Elasticity and Fracture**1. Tensile Stress and Strain

2. Volume Stress and Strain

3. Shear Stress and Strain

4. Elasticity and Fracture

**10 Gravitation**

1. Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

2. The Shell Theorem

3. Gravitational Potential Energy

4. Kepler’s Laws

**11 Fluids**

1. Density

2. Pressure

3. Pressure versus Depth in a Fluid

4. Atmospheric Pressure and Common Pressure Units

5. Pressure Difference and Net Force

6. Pascal’s Principle

7. Buoyancy – Archimedes’ Principle

8. Fluids in Motion and Equation of Continuity

9. Fluid Flow – Bernoulli’s Equation

10. Viscous Fluid Flow

**12 Oscillations**

1. Simple Harmonic Motion

2. Oscillations Described

3. Energy Considerations

4. The Simple Pendulum

5. Physical Oscillators

6. The Physical Pendulum

7. The Damped Oscillator

8. The Forced Oscillator

**13 Waves**

1. Types of Waves

2. Mathematical Description of a Wave

3. Wave Speed

4. Superposition and Interference

5. Transverse Standing Waves

6 Longitudinal Standing Waves

7. Beats

8. Volume, Intensity, and Sound Level

9. Moving Sources and Observers of Waves

**14 Thermodynamics I**

1. Temperature

2. A Molecular View of Temperature

3. Mean Free Path

4. Thermal Expansion

5. Heat

6. Latent Heat

7. Heat Transfer: Radiation, Convection, Conduction

**15 Thermodynamics II**

1. The First Law of Thermodynamics

2. Thermodynamic Processes

3. The Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics

4. Gases

5. Entropy

**VOLUME II**

16 Electrostatics I

16 Electrostatics I

1. Electric Charge

2. Coulomb’s Law

3. Conductors and Insulators

4. Electric Field

5. Electric Field for some Objects

6. Gauss’s Law

7. Applications of Gauss’s Law

**17 Electrostatics II**

1. Electric Potential

2. Equipotential Surfaces

3. Electrical Potential due to Certain Charge Distributions

4. Capacitance

5. Energy Stored in a Capacitor

6. Capacitors in Series and Parallel

7. Dielectrics

**18 Moving Charge**

1. Current

2. Resistance and Resistivity

3. Physical and Physiological Resistors

4. Direct Current Circuits

5. Resistors in Series and Parallel

6. Power

7. Series RC Circuits

8. Bioelectricity

**19 Magnetism**

1. Magnetic Force and Magnetic Field

2. Magnetic Force on a Current

3. Magnetic Field and Current –the Biot-Savart Law

4. Magnetic Field and Current–Ampère’s Law

5. Magnetic Force between Current-Carrying Wires

**20 Magnetic Induction**

1. Faraday’s Law of Induction

2. Lenz’s Law

3. Applications of Faraday’s and Lenz’s Laws

4. Inductance

5. LC Circuits

6. LR Circuits

**21 AC Circuits**

1. Alternating Current

2. Transformers

3. The Series LRC Circuit

4. L, R, C Separately With AC

5. L, R, C In Series With AC

6. Applications of a Series LRC Circuit

**22 Electromagnetic Waves**

1. Electromagnetic Waves

2. Maxwell’s Equations

**23 Wave Properties of Light**

1. Refraction

2. Total Internal Reflection

3. Dispersion

4. Polarization

5. Thin Film Interference

6. Diffraction

7. Circular Apertures

**24 Geometrical Optics**

1. Plane Mirrors

2. Spherical Concave Mirrors, a Qualitative Look

3. Spherical Concave Mirrors, a Quantitative Look

4. Spherical Convex Mirrors, a Qualitative Look

5. Spherical Convex Mirrors, a Quantitative Look

6. Lenses, a Qualitative Look

7. Lenses, a Quantitative Look

**25 Relativity**

1. Newtonian Relativity

2. The Michelson and Morley Experiment

3, Special Relativity, Time Dilation

4. The Lorentz Transformation, Length Contraction

5. Lorentz Velocity Transformation

6. Relativistic Momentum and Energy

7. General Relativity

**26 Modern and Atomic Physics**

1. Blackbody Radiation

2. Photoelectric Effect

3. Compton Effect

4. Wave Nature of Particles

5. The Atom: Rutherford and Bohr

6. The Atom: Energy Levels and Spectra

**27 Nuclear Physics**

1. The Nucleus

2. Binding Energy

3. Fission

4. Fusion

5. Nuclear radiation

**28 Particle Physics**

1. The Standard Model: Particles

2. The Standard Model: Forces

3. Matter, Antimatter, Dark Matter