Richard Wolfson’s Essential University Physics is a concise and progressive calculus-based physics textbook that offers clear writing, great problems, and interesting real-life applications. At nearly half the length and half the price of other physics texts, Essential University Physics is a compelling alternative for professors who want to focus on the fundamentals.
Based on Physics for Scientists and Engineers 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 learning path for students.
The crisp two-color design is clear and engaging. The book incorporates the research-proven approach of annotated figures, pencil-style sketches in worked examples, and visual chapter summaries. A self-evident hierarchy of pedagogical features guides the student easily through the material.