Matter and Interactions, 4th Edition


Offering a modern curriculum for introductory physics, Matter and Interactions presents physics the way practicing physicists view their discipline by integrating 20th Century physics and computational physics. Matter and Interactions will be available as a single volume hardcover text and also two paperback volumes.

The Wiley Advantage

  • Modeling: A central aspect of science is the modeling of complex real-world phenomena, and the text places a major emphasis on constructing and using physical models to predict or explain the most important aspects of an actual situation.
  • Computer Modeling: Computer modeling is introduced early to help students build a strong foundation in the use of this important tool.
  • Experiments Using Simple Equipment: Some end-of-chapter problems involve experiments using simple equipment such as weights, string, and coffee filters. By experimenting with very simple equipment, students can gain insight into rather deep scientific issues.
  • Active Learning: Stop and Think questions are interspersed throughout the text to encourage students to engage with the material more deeply.
  • Lab Activities: There is a complete set of lab activities that were written specifically for a Matter and Interactions-style course.

New to This Edition

  • End-of-chapter problems available for assignment with the WebAssign online homework system
  • Increased support for computational modeling throughout
  • Discussion throughout the text contrasting iterative and analytical problem solutions
  • Many new computational modeling problems, large and small
  • Improved discussion of the contrast between models of a system as a point particle and as an extended system
  • Improved discussion of the Momentum Principle throughout Volume I
  • Improved treatment of polarization surface charge in electrostatics (Chapter 14) and circuits (Chapter 18) based on computational models
  • More extensive problem sets at the end of each chapter, with improved indication of difficulty level