Physical Science, Eighth Edition, is a straightforward, easy-to-read, but substantial introduction to the fundamental behavior of matter and energy. It 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, complimented 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. With laboratory studies, the text contains enough material for the instructor to select a sequence for a two-semester course. It can also serve as a text in a one-semester physics and chemistry course.
An introductory text for a one- or two-semester text on the fundamental behavior of matter and energy for nonscience majors, covering physics, chemistry, astronomy, and earth sciences. Material incorporates minimal use of technical terminology, discussion of applications and environmental concerns throughout, and historical background, with emphasis on problem-solving mathematics. Learning aids include chapter summaries, key terms, and multiple-choice and critical thinking questions. Exercises are given in two sets, one with explained answers. Includes an art notebook of explanatory color diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)