The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 6th Edition
November 2009, ©2010
Applauded by students and instructors for its easy-to-read style and detail appropriate for non-science majors, the sixth edition has been thoroughly updated to bring the most up-to-date coverage to the students in all five disciplines.
2. The Ordered Universe: Why do planets appear to wander slowly across the sky?
3. Energy: Why must animals eat to stay alive?
4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Why is it easier to make an omelet from an egg than to make an egg from an omelet?
5. Electricity and Magnetism: What is lightning?
6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation: What is color?
7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Can a human ever travel faster than the speed of light, at “warp speed”?
8. The Atom: Why are there so many different materials in the world?
9. Quantum Mechanics: How can the electron behave like both a particle and a wave?
10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond: How does blood clot?
11. Materials and Their Properties: How have computers gotten so much faster?
12. The Nucleus of the Atom: How do scientists determine the age of the oldest human fossils?
13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter: How can antimatter be used to probe the human brain?
14. The Stars: How much longer can the Sun sustain life on Earth?
15. Cosmology: Will the universe end?
16. Earth and Other Planets: Is Earth the only planet with life?
17. Plate Tectonics: Can we predict destructive earthquakes?
18. Earth’s Many Cycles: Will we ever run out of fresh water?
19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment: Are human activities affecting the global environment?
20. Strategies of Life: What is life?
21. The Living Cell: What is the smallest living thing?
22. Molecules of Life: What constitutes a healthy diet?
23. Classical and Modern Genetics: Why do offspring resemble their parents?
24. The New Science of Life: Can we cure cancer?
25. Evolution: How did life emerge on the ancient Earth?
Return to the Integrated Science Question—Now at the end of each chapter, the authors return to the question asked at the beginning of the chapter to illustrate for students how the material draws together to answer the question. This creates a problem solving framework for students to apply to future questions.
Great Ideas Across the Sciences—Following each Great Idea is a concept map featuring the central Great Idea in that chapter and its applications to different branches of science and everyday life. These statements are intended to provide a framework for placing everyday experiences into a broad context.
Science Through the Day—Each chapter begins with this section in which the authors tie the chapter’s main theme to common experiences such as eating, driving a car or sun tanning. These vignettes, taken in sequence, tell the story of one student’s day from sunrise to day’s end in an effort to help emphasize that the great ideas of science are constantly part of our lives.
The Science of Life feature helps show the interdisciplinary nature of the concepts introduced by including sections on living things in most chapters.
Science in the Making—These historical episodes trace the progress of scientific discovery and portray the lives of some of the central figures in science to help illustrate the process of science, the interplay of science and society and the serendipity in scientific discovery.
The Ongoing Process of Science feature examines current areas of research and some of the most exciting questions currently being addressed by scientists.
Stop and Think! questions challenge students to think critically about the implications of a scientific discovery or principle.
Technology—The application of scientific ideas to commerce, industry and other modern technological concerns is the most immediate way in which students encounter science. Included in most chapters are examples of these technologies such as petroleum refining, microwave ovens, and nuclear medicine.
Mathematical Equations and Worked Examples--Key equations and appropriate worked examples are provided in many chapters. Whenever an equation is introduced, it is presented in three steps: first as an English sentence, then as a word equation, and finally in its traditional symbolic form. This is a helpful feature for a course in which most students suffer from a fear or discomfort with mathematics.
Science by the Numbers include many nontraditional calculations to help students understand the importance of simple mathematical calculations in the areas of magnitude, for example, how much solid waste is generated in the United States.
Thinking More About—Each chapter ends with a section that addresses a social or philosophical issue tied to science such as nuclear waste disposal.
Key Words are highlighted throughout the chapters, listed at the end of each chapter and appear in the glossary at the end of the book.
End of the chapter questions include Review Questions that test important factual information covered in the text, Discussion Questions that examine student comprehension by exploring the application and analysis of the scientific concepts, Problems that require students to use mathematical operations, and Investigations that require additional research outside the classroom.