This text provides an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of science for both majors and non-majors with the goal that students learn basic scientific principles that will be applicable to the world around them. Basic scientific principles are covered, including Newton's laws, the laws of thermodynamics, the equivalence of electricity and magnetism, the atomic structure of all matter, and an optional chapter on the theory of relativity. Subsequent sections cover physics, astronomy, cosmology, geology, biology, chemistry, ecology, genetics, evolution, and biotechnology. Review and discussion questions, problems, investigations, and lists of readings and websites conclude each chapter. Hazen teaches earth sciences at George Mason U., where Trefil teaches physics.
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Adopts a distinctive and innovative approach to science education based on the principle that general science courses are a key to a balanced and effective college-level science education for nonmajors and future elementary and high school teachers. Science basics such as Newton's laws governing force and motion are applied to everyday life<-->one example demonstrates the compelling reasons for wearing a seat belt. Following general principles, chapters examine specific natural systems such as atoms, the Earth, or living things. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.