Essential University Physics – Richard Wolfson – 2nd Edition


Richard Wolfson’s Essential is a concise and progressive -based textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and interesting real-life applications. At nearly half the length and half the price of other texts, Essential is a compelling alternative for professors who want to focus on the fundamentals.

Based on Physics for Scientists and by Wolfson and Pasachoff, Essential University Physics retains many of the favorite features of the original text, while introducing new pedagogical elements that incorporate proven results from physics education research. The text focuses on the fundamentals of physics, teaches sound problem-solving skills, emphasizes conceptual understanding, and makes connections to the real world. Features such as annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies help provide a clear path for .

The crisp two-color is clear and engaging. The incorporates the research-proven of annotated figures, pencil-style sketches in worked examples, and visual chapter summaries. A self-evident hierarchy of pedagogical features guides the easily through the material.

Table of Content

1. Doing Physics

2. Motion in a Straight Line
3. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
4. Force and Motion
5. Using Newton’s Laws
6. Work, Energy, and Power
7. Conservation of Energy
8. Gravity
9. Systems of Particles
10. Rotational Motion
11. Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum
12. Static Equilibrium

13. Oscillatory Motion
14. Wave Motion
15. Fluid Motion

16. Temperature and Heat
17. The Thermal Behavior of Matter
18. Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
19. The Second Law of Thermodynamics

20. Electric Charge, Force, and Field
21. Gauss’s Law
22. Electric Potential
23. Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors
24. Electric Current
25. Electric Circuits
26. Magnetism: Force and Field
27. Electromagnetic Induction
28. Alternating-Current Circuits
29. Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

30. Reflection and Refraction
31. Images and Optical Instruments
32. Interference and Diffraction

33. Relativity
34. Particles and Waves
35. Quantum Mechanics
36. Atomic Physics
37. Molecules and Solids
38. Nuclear Physics
39. From Quarks to the Cosmos


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