Cengage Learning’s College Physics AP Edition (Serway), 11th Edition, is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online components. Instruction provides an introduction to concepts in classical and 21st century physics, emphasizing real-world applications and problem solving. Learning List recently reviewed print resources for College Physics.
Core content is presented in six parts: (1) Mechanics, (2) Thermodynamics, (3) Vibrations and Waves, (4) Electricity and Magnetism, (5) Light and Optics, and (6) Modern Physics. Parts are made up of two or more “topics,” or chapters, that address key concepts (e.g., the laws of thermodynamics, magnetism). Instruction emphasizes problem-solving and the text’s first topic ends with a section that presents a structured, eight-step, general process for solving problems. Throughout the text, a “Problem-Solving Strategy” feature adapts the general strategy to specific situations (e.g., problems involving accelerated motion). Frequent example problems demonstrate the applications of strategies.
The text includes an “Applying Physics” feature that helps students connect physics to real-world problems (e.g., the likelihood of an injury in a car accident) and other scientific disciplines (e.g., biology). Applying Physics examples serve as models for “Conceptual Questions” that appear at the end of each topic.
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