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Foundations of Physics


With the unique Foundations of Physics hands-on, inquiry based instructional approach, more students can understand and retain complex physics concepts. The text and investigations connect each new concept to students’ experience in the lab or real world, and present ideas in both words and illustrations. This program also combines the best attributes of conceptual and mathematical instruction as students use equations (introductory algebra level) to analyze data and solve quantitative problems.
Landscape "one-concept" page spreads and full-color graphics enhance learning and retention.


Chapter 1: The Science of Physics

Unit 1: Measurement and Motion
Chapter 2: Measurement and Units
Chapter 3: Models of Motion
Chapter 4: Accelerated Motion

Unit 2: Motion and Force in One Dimension
Chapter 5: Newton’s Laws: Force and Motion
Chapter 6: Forces and Equilibrium

Unit 3: Motion and Force in 2 and 3 Dimensions
Chapter 7: Using Vectors: Motion and Force
Chapter 8: Motion in Circles
Chapter 9: Torque and Rotation

Unit 4: Energy and Momentum
Chapter 10: Work and Energy
Chapter 11: Energy Flow and Power
Chapter 12: Momentum

Unit 5: Waves and Sound
Chapter 13: Harmonic Motion
Chapter 14: Waves
Chapter 15: Sound

Unit 6: Light and Optics
Chapter 16: Light and Color
Chapter 17: Optics
Chapter 18: Wave Properties of Light

Unit 7: Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 19: Electricity
Chapter 20: Electric Circuits and Power
Chapter 21: Electric Charges and Forces
Chapter 22: Magnetism
Chapter 23: Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 24: Electronics

Unit 8: Matter and Energy
Chapter 25: Energy, Matter, and Atoms
Chapter 26: Heat Transfer
Chapter 27: The Physical Properties of Matter

Unit 9: The Atom
Chapter 28: Inside the Atom
Chapter 29: Heat Transfer
Chapter 30: Nuclear Reactions and Radiation

Frontiers in Physics
Chapter 31: The Edge of What We Know


About the Author
Dr. Thomas C. Hsu is a nationally recognized innovator in science and math education and the founder of CPO Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has taught students from elementary, secondary and college levels across the nation. He was nominated for MIT’s Goodwin medal for excellence in teaching and has received numerous awards from various state agencies for his work to improve science education.

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