Resources for instructors
Adopters can join an online Matter & Interactions discussion group.
What's new in the 3rd edition
Here is a detailed summary of the important changes in the 3rd edition.
Resources for adopters available from the publisher
There are extensive instructor resources created by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood for the 3rd edition of the Matter & Interactions textbook. They include:
- Lecture Notes: annotated to show where specific clicker questions or VPython computer programs were invoked.
- Videos of lectures (see below): QuickTime videos of Ruth Chabay's lectures on mechanics and Matthew Kohlmyer's lectures on E&M. Instructors have found these useful for getting ideas and a sense of pacing.
- Labs: Lab activities used during Spring 2010 at NCSU. Activities include experiments, writing computational physics programs, and working large problems on whiteboards.
- Lecture Demo Programs: VPython programs used as lecture demos.
- Test questions: organized by chapter.
- Video demos: Useful in lecture.
- Clicker Questions: Word and pdf files of questions posed to students in lecture; students respond with electronic response units. Each file contains questions for one chapter, and the questions are numbered to correspond with the section of the chapter for which the question is appropriate.
- WebAssign:A large suite of homework problems designed and coded by the authors is available in the WebAssign online homework system.
- Textbook diagrams: Figures from the textbook in jpg format.
- There is also a solutions manual for instructors, written by Aaron Titus and Joe Heafner.
Please contact Ruth Chabay or Bruce Sherwood to obtain these instructor resources. The publisher's own instructor web site is unfortunately not up to date but Wiley has up-to-date materials on DVDs that are available through us. These materials are also available to instructors on the Resources tab of WebAssign "courses" that use the textbook.
Introducing computational modeling
The document A Brief Guide to Computational Modeling in Matter & Interactions explains how computation is incorporated into the curriculum. The well-tested resources described above are provided to make this important activity easy for instructors to manage and entirely accessible to students with no prior programming experience, using the 3D programming environment VPython. VPython is also used in upper-level physics textbooks, including these:
A Survey of Computational Physics: Introductory Computational Science Rubin H. Landau, Manual J. Paez, Cristian Bordeianu (2011)
Computational Physics with Python Mark Newman (2012)
An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Robert H. Swendsen (2012)
Equilibrium Statistical Physics With Computer Simulations in Python Leonard M. Sander (2013)
Videos of Matter & Interactions lectures
Modern Mechanics, presented by Ruth Chabay
Electric & Magnetic Interactions, presented by Matthew Kohlmyer
More on computational modeling activities
modeling activities from Spring 2010 at NCSU are available
in the Compadre physics collection. These writeups incorporate recent research and development carried out by Ruth Chabay and some of her Physics Education
Research graduate students on how best to teach computational modeling in the intro physics course. In this context, two of the students have created short videos to show key concepts
Textbook ordering Information
The way Wiley's ordering system works, it is essential to specify the following ISBN data when requesting review copies from Wiley reps or when placing an order:
3rd edition Volume 1 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-470-50345-4
3rd edition Volume 2 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-470-50346-1
3rd edition complete in one volume (hardbound) ISBN: 978-0-470-50347-8
There are also loose-leaf versions, to be placed in 3-ring binders.
One can purchase from Wiley an ebook with considerable savings: ISBN 978-0-470-57168-2
An ebook version is also available in rental form through WebAssign and CourseSmart.
The textbook is available from a number of sources, including direct from
the publisher: Go to http://www.wiley.com/college/chabay.
Table of contents, 3rd edition, volume 1: Modern Mechanics
1. Interactions and Motion
2. The Momentum Principle
3. The Fundamental Interactions
4. Contact Interactions
5. Rate of Change of Momentum
6. The Energy Principle
7. Internal Energy
8. Energy Quantization
9. Multiparticle Systems
11. Angular Momentum
12. Entropy: Limits on the Possible
13. Gases and Engines
Table of contents, 3rd edition, volume 2: Electric & Magnetic Interactions
14. Electric Field
15. Electric Fields and Matter
16. Electric Field of Distributed Charges
17. Electric Potential
18. Magnetic Field
19. Electric Field and Circuits
20. Circuit Elements
21. Magnetic Force
22. Patterns of Field in Space
23. Faraday's Law
24. Electromagnetic Radiation
25. Waves and Particles