The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 8th Edition

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The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 8th Edition

By By James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen

The Sciences: An Integrated Approach uses an approach that recognizes that science forms a seamless web of knowledge about the universe. This course fully integrates physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology and emphasizes general principles and their application to real-world situations. The goal of the course is to help students achieve scientific literacy. This course brings the most up-to-date coverage to students in all areas of science and is appropriate for both science and non-science majors.

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Chapter 1. Science: A Way of Knowing
Chapter 2. The Ordered Universe
Chapter 3. Energy
Chapter 4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 5. Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation
Chapter 7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
Chapter 8. The Atom
Chapter 9. Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond
Chapter 11. Materials and Their Properties
Chapter 12. The Nucleus of the Atom
Chapter 13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter
Chapter 14. The Stars
Chapter 15. Cosmology
Chapter 16. Earth and Other Planets
Chapter 17. Plate Tectonics
Chapter 18. Earth’s Many Cycles
Chapter 19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment
Chapter 20. Strategies of Life
Chapter 21. The Living Cell
Chapter 22. Molecules of Life
Chapter 23. Classical and Modern Genetics
Chapter 24. The New Science of Life
Chapter 25. Evolution

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