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Note: I only have the 2nd volume because I transferred from Cal. State Fullerton to Colorado State University between Physics I and Physics II. So this synopsis will only cover the 2nd half of the (typically) two semester course. This volume does not include topics found in physics I such as the introduction to vectors, gravity, inertia, projectile motion, etc...

Title:

**Physics**for scientists and engineers; with modern physics volume 2 (4th edition)

Author: Raymond A. Serway

Publisher: Saunders College Publishing

Approximate price: I don't remember. I bought it used probably for ~$60.

I believe that there is a current edition but I am not certain on that. I took this course a couple years ago (like 3).

Contents:

**Part IV Electricity and Magnetism**

23. Electric Fields

24. Gauss's Law

25. Electric Potential

26. Capacitance and Dielectrics

27. Current and Resistance

28. Direct Current Circuits

29. Magnetic Fields

30. Sources of the Magnetic Fields

31. Faraday's Law

32. Inductance

33. Alternating Current Circuits

34. Electromagnetic Waves

**Part V Light and Optics**

35. The Nature of Light and the Laws of Geometric Optics

36. Geometric Optics

37. Interference of Light Waves

38. Diffractions and Polarization

**Part VI Modern Physics**

39. Relativity

40. Introduction to Quantum Physics

41. Quantum Mechanics

42. Atomic Physics

43. Molecules and Solids

44. Superconductivity

45. Nuclear Structure

46. Fission and Fusion

47. Particle Physics and Cosmology

Appendix A Tables

Appendix B Mathematics Review

Pros: Covers virtually everything that a calculus-based physics book should. Adequately describes the core concepts for

**your**understanding. Plenty of examples and diagrams as well as equation derivations.

Cons: Complex concepts may be difficult for those who have not studied past Calculus III (see my other textbook review on Calculus for what is needed!).

Benefits: The reader will develop stronger problem solving and critical thinking skills. Also gain a much better understanding of the events occurring in the physical world with the ability to describe what is happening.

Conclusion: I was a tutor for physics and math at CSU for 2 years and I like this book the best so far. I have lent it to my students for their research (homework) and they agree. This book is an excellent resource for the up and coming scientist, engineer, and physicist.

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