This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has some experience with trigonometry. If you are a Saxon user, all that the student needs to know is covered in Saxon Algebra 2. Exploring Creation With Physics provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics. Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in units, measurement, one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism.
Prerequisites: In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to be comfortable with the sine, cosine, and tangent functions along with their inverses. These concepts are covered in Saxon's Algebra 2 course. Most other math series actually have a 1-semester course called "trigonometry." We recommend that the student take chemistry before physics. Physics is the toughest science, so the student should have plenty of science experience before trying to tackle it.
This kit is comprised of three pieces. The hardbound text contains all student material, on-your-own questions and solutions, laboratory exercises, and chapter study guides. The Solutions and tests Manual, softbound, offers the answers to chapter study guides, tests, and test solutions. The third piece is the CD-ROM companion, which includes videos of some of the experiments, animations, and pronunciations of previously unknown words.
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How is the second edition different from the first edition?
- The illustrations are in color instead of black and white.
- When Dr. Wile wrote the first edition of the physics course, he could not assume that students who were taking the physics course had already taken his chemistry course. Thus, he decided to include a discussion of measurements and units as the first module of the physics course, even though it was also the first module of the chemistry course. After seven years of experience, Apologia found that the vast majority of students who were taking physics had already taken chemistry. As a result, Dr. Wile removed that module from the physics course. Instead, there is a four-page summary of what the student needs to know about measurements and units. If the student has not had chemistry or needs to review those concepts, the student is directed to a website that contains the first module of the chemistry course. Because this first module has been removed, there is room for more physics topics, such as a detailed discussion on the physical nature of light as well as additional topics on optics.
- Dr. Wile has been answering student questions on the course for seven years. Those questions have allowed him to realize what sections of the book could be written more clearly. Thus, this edition of the physics course is even more understandable than the first edition.
- For students who need more practice, there are extra practice problems for each module as well as detailed solutions to those problems in the solutions and tests guide.
- The student text has graphic icons that tell the student when there is a related multimedia presentation on the Companion CD.
- There are 50% more experiments as compared to the first edition of the course.
- There is a special website available only to users of the second edition. This website contains links to web resources such as animations and graphics which will enhance the material in the text.
- Advanced students who have the time and the ability to learn additional material will be directed to online resources which contain advanced subject matter.
- The tests in the solutions and tests guide contain a point system that will aid the parent/teacher in grading the tests. And there are also cumulative tests in the solutions and tests guide if the parent/teacher wants to give the student quarterly, semester, or final exams.
- Finally, even though the module tests are found in the solutions and tests manual (so that the parent/teacher always has a copy of them), a second set of tests is also provided in a perforated booklet. This will allow the student to be given the tests without referring to the solutions and tests manual.
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