Conceptual Physics, The Full Version (Grades 9+)

Accompanying Printed Textbook: Conceptual Physics, 12e (CP12e) Sold separately

Review a .pdf of the front matter of this textbook, including its table of contents. Here are a few sample pages of discussing Newton’s second law of motion: PhysicsSample. These are actually physics pages from our very similar upper level physical science textbook, which extends the approach of Conceptual Physics to include chemistry, Earth science, and astronomy.

About This Course

This physics course walks the student through Paul Hewitt’s favorite content, which, no surprise, is practically the entire book. This is ample content for a two semester course of study. Highly recommended for students needing an introduction to the essential concepts of physics, whether it be to fulfill a science requirement or as preparation for further studies. The material is presented in 41 lessons. Each lesson is designed to take about a week to complete. For a slower paced course, select subjects are easily deleted or offered as optional material for the student. In addition to video tutorials and reading assignments, eight unit exams are provided along with study aids, such as worksheets, interactive simulations, and automated quizzes. Importantly, for each lesson, the author provides his personal comments and guidance regarding the material. Also includes a complete set of meaningful and engaging labs using only materials available from home or a discount store.

8 Units; 41 Lessons

Unit A: Mechanics Part 1
Unit B: Mechanics Part 2
Unit C: Matter
Unit D: Heat
Unit E: Sound
Unit F: Electromagnetism
Unit G: Light
Unit H: Modern Physics

About Laboratories

For this Conceptual Physics course there are four resources for lab activities:

1) You’ll find the “Think and Do” activities described right within the textbook end-of-chapter material.

2) We also offer “PhET Labs” that make use of computer simulations created through the PhET program sponsored by the University of Colorado. We have created writes ups for 12 of these “dry labs” and they are included with this course. Each write-up is provided within the Doc Share of the lesson to which it applies.

3) We highly recommend the Beyond the Laboratory Manual created by professor Stephanie Blake of Ozarks Technical College, MO, and edited by John Suchocki to match this Conceptual Physics course. This manual features 18 crafty, engaging, hands-on experiments using only household items or materials readily available from any discount store. Typically physics labs are done in the classroom. With this manual, students can safely perform select labs at home with friends and family as a meaningful “homework” assignment. These labs can be downloaded for free at You can then share these labs with your students as you see fit through any medium that works best for your needs. Which of these labs should be performed when is highlighted within the FYI pages.

4) You might also consider purchasing the Conceptual Physics Lab Manual by Dean Baird, especially if you have access to standard physics laboratory equipment. This manual needs to be ordered through our textbook publisher, Pearson.

Sample Physics Video: Buoyancy

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