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ISBN: 9780073513898 / 007351389X
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: JAN-13
Pages: 736

Copyright: 2014
Edition: 10
Format: Paperback
Physical Science

Bill Tillery


About the book

Physical Science, Tenth Edition, is intended to serve the needs of non-science majors who are required to complete one or more physical science courses. It offers exceptional, straight-forward writing, complemented with useful pedagogical tools.

Physical Science introduces basic concepts and key ideas while providing opportunities for students to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about their environment. No prior work in science is assumed. The text offers students complete coverage of the physical sciences with a level of explanation and detail appropriate for all students.

The sequence of chapters in Physical Science is flexible, and the instructor can determine topic sequence and depth of coverage as needed. The materials are also designed to support a conceptual approach, or a combined conceptual and problem-solving approach. Along with the accompanying laboratory manual, the text contains enough material for the instructor to select a sequence for a two-semester course.

Key features

  • LearnSmart: No two students are alike. McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ is an intelligent learning system that uses a series of probing questions to pinpoint each student’s knowledge gaps. LearnSmart then provides an optimal learning path for each student, so that they spend less time in areas they already know and more time in areas they don’t. The result is LearnSmart’s adaptive learning path helps students retain more knowledge, learn faster, and study more efficiently.
  • NEW Case Studies

    New interactive Case Studies are available for select chapters of the tenth edition. The Case Study boxed readings expand upon interesting topics in the text and then are further supplemented by the online versions. The online Case Studies are assignable through ConnectPlus and include additional reading, videos, animations, assessment questions and other valuable resources. Some examples include:

  • Chapter 5 Doppler Radar
  • Chapter 7 Bioluminous
  • Chapter 15 Worth the Cost'
  • Chapter 18 Measuring Plate Movement
  • Chapter 23 El Nino
  • Chapter 23 Proxy Data
  • The tenth edition continues to keep content current and relevant. A few examples of updated content include:

  • New information on scientific communication has been added to help students further understand how the scientific method is implemented in real life situations.
  • New illustrations and information about calculating work and when the change of position must be in the same direction as the direction of the force.
  • New information on energy efficiency has been added. A new figure provides a real-life example of how condensation and evaporation is involved in laundry. This new figure provides a real-life example of how condensation and evaporation is involved in laundry.
  • New Closer Look sections have been added, subjects include: Fiber Optics, Recent Earthquakes, and Semiconductors.
  • Core and Supporting Concepts appear on the chapter openers to help integrate the chapter concepts and the chapter outline.
  • The latter chapters of the text on astronomy and earth science (chapters 14 - 24) also include Parallel Exercises. Each chapter of the text now includes Parallel Exercises. There are two groups of parallel exercises, Group A and Group B. The Group A parallel exercises have complete solutions worked out, along with useful comments, in appendix E. The Group B parallel exercises are similar to those in Group A but do not contain answers in the text.
  • Content on the hot topics of climate change, alternative energy sources, and energy conservation. Chapter 3: There is a section on Energy Conservation and several alternative energy sources are discussed. Chapter 13 includes recent information on the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Chapter 23: Sections on Climate Change, Causes of Global Climate Change, and Global Warming along with a discussion of Hurricane Katrina are all included. Chapters 2, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 22, and 24 all touch on the topic of sustainability.
  • Professors have the option of creating a customized version of the text by selecting only the chapters they cover in lecture, allowing students a savings in book costs. Pick a pre-customized version of Physical Science, which includes the Physics and/or Chemistry volumes. Or you can use McGraw-Hill's CREATE to craft your teaching resources to match the way you teach! With CREATE,, you can easily rearrange chapters, combine material from other content sources, and quickly upload content you have written like your course syllabus or teaching notes.

  • About the author

    Bill Tillery

    Table of contents

    1 What Is Science'
    2 Motion
    3 Energy
    4 Heat and Temperature
    5 Wave Motions and Sound
    6 Electricity
    7 Light
    8 Atoms and Periodic Properties
    9 Chemical Bonds
    10 Chemical Reactions
    11 Water and Solutions
    12 Organic Chemistry
    13 Nuclear Reactions
    14 The Universe
    15 The Solar System
    16 Earth in Space
    Earth Science
    17 Rocks and Minerals
    18 Plate Tectonics
    19 Building Earth's Surface
    20 Shaping Earth's Surface
    21 Geologic Time
    22 Atmosphere of Earth
    23 Weather and Climate
    24 Earth's Waters
    Appendix A Mathematical Review
    Appendix B Solubilities Chart
    Appendix C Relative Humidity Table
    Appendix D Solutions to Follow-UP Examples
    Appendix E Solutions for Group A Parallel Exercises



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