Essential Physics 3rd edition is designed for a two-semester, high school introductory physics course. The content is written at an algebra-based introductory physics textbook level, which makes it suitable for use as a non-major college physics book. It can also be used as supplementary material for a Conceptual Physics course as well as AP or Honors Physics.
The scope and sequence follow a traditional linear approach to teaching physics — starting with basic scientific and physics concepts and moving through motion, kinetic and potential energy, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, matter and atoms. Many earth science and physical science topics are covered. Modern physics is also covered, with sections on Einstein’s special relativity, quantum and nuclear physics. More advanced concepts such as general relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics are also introduced to the student.
Teacher support materials include lesson plans, PowerPoint slides for each lesson, student worksheets and answer keys, and an infinite test bank.
The Essential Physics eBook is an electronic version of the full textbook plus interactive elements. Throughout the electronic text, content and theory are supported with a full audio read of every paragraph, interactive elements such as interactive equations, videos, animations, and simulations. Students have the option to expand content using the “more” button to go deeper into concepts.
Each lesson includes an investigation and is supported by PASCO lab equipment — such as the study of electric current with our Modular Circuits Kit.