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    University Physics Volume 2

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    Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University

    Samuel Ling, Truman State University

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    ISBN 13: 9781938168161

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Robert Dunne, Adjunct faculty, College of DuPage on 4/19/21

    The text provides an introduction to thermodynamics and electricity/magnetism for students who have completed or currently taking a second semester of calculus. Some of the math, such as line and surface integrals, is somewhat ahead of... read more

    Reviewed by Yongwen Lampert, Part-time Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/7/21

    This book covers Thermodynamics and Electricity and Magnetism with great details. The index at the end is handy to find particular topics. read more

    Reviewed by Mazin Khasawneh, Assistant Professor, Earlham College on 1/29/20

    I found the book comparable to other texts assigned for students who are planning to be physicists and engineers. Derivations in each chapter are simple and clear, diagrams, illustrations, etc. are of professional quality. One important think I... read more

    Reviewed by Lynn Norbury, Certified Master Tutor and Supervisor of Science Tutors and Lab Technicians, Central Oregon Community College on 6/24/19

    This text is very broad in the number of topics presented. It does indeed require journey-level experience with trigonometry and calculus because it does not show how to derive the formulas in use, nor does it break the example problems down to a... read more

    Reviewed by Himanshu Verma, Assistant Professor, Nicholls State University on 4/28/19

    This volume has two units. In Unit 1, it has four chapters covering different topics in Thermodynamics. In Unit 2, it has sixteen chapters various concepts of E&M starting with the basics to Maxwell equations. read more

    Reviewed by Deepak Iyer, Assistant Professor, Bucknell University on 3/4/19

    The textbook is indeed comprehensive, perhaps a little too comprehensive, although this allows the instructor to pick and choose what subjects she wishes to teach. The material covered is basically that of any standard course in university... read more

    Reviewed by Michael Gallis, Associate Professor of Physics, Penn State Schuylkill Campus on 2/1/18

    The text provides good coverage of the standard material covered in the second semester (of three) of the typical calculus based physics sequence. I am in the last week of the semester using the text for the Electricity and Magnetism topics. The... read more

    Reviewed by Lawrence Davis, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 2/15/17

    Overall, the text comprehensiveness is comparable to other books designed for the Calculus based 200-level physics course. For example, I was disappointed in the treatment of convection, which was almost entirely qualitative, with one... read more

    Table of Contents

    Unit 1: Thermodynamics

    • Chapter 1: Temperature and Heat
    • Chapter 2: The Kinetic Theory of Gases
    • Chapter 3: The First Law of Thermodynamics
    • Chapter 4: The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    Unit 2: Electricity and Magnetism

    • Chapter 5: Electric Charges and Fields
    • Chapter 6: Gauss's Law
    • Chapter 7: Electric Potential
    • Chapter 8: Capacitance
    • Chapter 9: Current and Resistance
    • Chapter 10: Direct-Current Circuits
    • Chapter 11: Magnetic Forces and Fields
    • Chapter 12: Sources of Magnetic Fields
    • Chapter 13: Electromagnetic Induction
    • Chapter 14: Inductance
    • Chapter 15: Alternating-Current Circuits
    • Chapter 16: Electromagnetic Waves

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    • About the Book

      University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. This textbook emphasizes connections between between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.

      About the Contributors


      Dr. Jeff Sanny earned a BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1974 and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of California–Los Angeles in 1980. He joined the faculty at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 1980. During his tenure, he has served as department Chair as well as Associate Dean. Dr. Sanny enjoys teaching introductory physics in particular. He is also passionate about providing students with research experience and has directed an active undergraduate student research group in space physics for many years.

      Dr. Samuel Ling has taught introductory and advanced physics for over 25 years at Truman State University, where he is currently Professor of Physics and the Department Chair. Dr. Ling has two PhDs from Boston University, one in Chemistry and the other in Physics, and he was a Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, before joining Truman. Dr. Ling is also an author of A First Course in Vibrations and Waves, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ling has considerable experience with research in Physics Education and has published research on collaborative learning methods in physics teaching. He was awarded a Truman Fellow and a Jepson fellow in recognition of his innovative teaching methods. Dr. Ling’s research publications have spanned Cosmology, Solid State Physics, and Nonlinear Optics.

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