Physics: A First Course, 2nd Edition

Physics A First Course uses guided inquiry, contemporary ideas and language, hands-on investigation, and multiple learning styles to help all students learn and succeed. The program provides a solid grounding in physics concepts and a firm foundation for further science study. Consistent with the “Physics First” philosophy, this Teaching and Learning System offers connections to the real world as well as to technology, chemistry, biology, and other sciences. The program reinforces math and science comprehension skills while it builds an understanding of how the world works.

Student Textbook

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Landscape "one-concept" page spreads and full-color graphics enhance learning and retention.

Hardcover: 560 pages

  • Unit 1: Forces and Motion
    • Chapter 1: Describing the Physical Universe
    • Chapter 2: Laws of Motion
    • Chapter 3: Conservation Laws
  • Unit 2: Energy and Systems
    • Chapter 4: Machines, Work, and Energy
    • Chapter 5: Forces in Equilibrium
    • Chapter 6: Systems in Motion
  • Unit 3: Matter and Energy
    • Chapter 7: Temperature, Energy, and Matter
    • Chapter 8: Physical Properties of Matter
    • Chapter 9: The Atom
  • Unit 4: Energy and Change
    • Chapter 10: Energy Flow and Systems
    • Chapter 11: Changes in Matter
    • Chapter 12: Relativity
  • Unit 5: Electricity
    • Chapter 13: Electric Circuits
    • Chapter 14: Electrical Systems
    • Chapter 15: Electrical Charges and Forces
  • Unit 6: Electricity and Magnetism
    • Chapter 16: Magnetism
    • Chapter 17: Electromagnets and Induction
    • Chapter 18: Fields and Forces
  • Unit 7: Vibrations,Waves, and Sound
    • Chapter 19: Harmonic Motion
    • Chapter 20: Waves
    • Chapter 21: Sound
  • Unit 8: Light and Optics
    • Chapter 22: Light and Color
    • Chapter 23: Optics
    • Chapter 24: The Physical Nature of Light

Investigation Manual


Students learn best through direct experience and discovery.
Softcover: 132 pages

  • 36 hands-on investigations (two per chapter) and 8 lab skills activities
  • Completely integrated with readings in student text and teacher’s guide
  • Students design and conduct experiments; construct and test conclusions; observe results; and gather, record, and analyze data
  • Key questions begin each investigation to focus the student on major concepts
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Equipment Kit

Hands-On Equipment—High-quality, specially designed solid wood equipment brings a completely new level of excitement into your classroom.

Equipment Kit

Kit Includes:

  1. Atom Building Game
  2. Atwood's Apparatus
  3. Color Mixing Set
  4. DataCollector with photogates and temperature probe
  5. Electric Circuits
  6. Lever
  7. Marble Launcher
  8. Navigational Compass
  9. Optics with Light and Color
  10. Physics Stand
  11. Ripcord Generator
  12. Ropes and Pulleys
  13. SmartTrack with Energy Cars
  14. Sound and Waves
  15. Springs and Swings
  16. Spring Scale set
  17. Super Capacitor
  18. Velocity Sensor
  19. Wave Tray
  20. Weights Set

Program Components

Physics A First Course, Second Edition
Part No. ISBN Description  
1577352 978-1-62571-855-6 Student Book Set—Printed Version
(Includes 1 Student Text and 1 Investigations Manual)
1577366 978-1-62571-868-6 Student Book Set—Online Version
1576058 978-1-62571-847-1 Student Text
1576059 978-1-62571-848-8 Investigations Manual
1576060 978-1-62571-849-5 Teacher Guide with Online Access—Printed Version
1576060 978-1-62571-867-9 Teacher's Guide with Online Access—Online Version
792-1800 978-1-60431-210-2 Equipment Kit