Hugh Young ; Roger Freedman
The 15th Edition of “University Physics with Modern Physics” is a groundbreaking textbook that revolutionizes the way introductory physics courses are taught. Drawing from extensive data insights provided by hundreds of faculty and thousands of student users, this edition addresses a common challenge faced by students: the difficulty of recognizing patterns and making connections between different problem types in physics.
The focus of this new edition is on developing students' problem-solving skills and fostering a deep understanding of the underlying principles, rather than just relying on memorizing equations and formulas. By incorporating feedback from faculty and students, the authors have carefully crafted a learning experience that helps students move beyond merely plugging in numbers and equations and instead teaches them to identify the problem-solving approaches and strategies applicable to various problem types.
Recognizing that students often get bogged down by the specific details of a problem, the textbook introduces “Key Concept” statements at the end of worked examples. These statements identify the main ideas and principles used in the solution, guiding students to recognize the underlying concepts behind the problem. This approach empowers students to apply similar steps in solving related problems, regardless of slight variations in wording or numerical values.
To further reinforce this problem-solving approach, “Key Example Variation Problems” are strategically placed within new “Guided Practice” sections. Grouping problems by type, these scaffolded problem sets encourage students to discern patterns and connections between different problems. This systematic approach not only helps students build confidence in tackling diverse problem types but also allows them to approach exams with a more comprehensive problem-solving toolkit.
The integration of “Mastering Physics” as a complementary online platform enhances the learning experience. With instructional support and just-in-time remediation, “Mastering Physics” provides valuable guidance as students work through problems. Additionally, it links all end-of-chapter problems directly to the eText, offering further explanations and insights for better comprehension.
In summary, the 15th Edition of “University Physics with Modern Physics” is a student-centric and innovative textbook that transforms the way physics is taught. By prioritizing problem-solving approaches, recognizing underlying principles, and fostering connections between problem types, this edition equips students with essential skills and confidence to excel in their physics courses and beyond. Whether you are an instructor seeking to enhance your students' learning experience or a student eager to develop a strong foundation in physics, this edition offers a comprehensive and effective resource for achieving success in the study of physics.