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Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd Edition

  • Robert Hawkes
  • Javed Iqbal
  • Firas Mansour
  • Marina Milner-Bolotin
  • Peter Williams
  • ISBN-10: 0176587195
  • ISBN-13: 9780176587192
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Physics is all around us. From taking a walk to driving your car, from microscopic processes to the enormity of space, and in the everchanging technology of our modern world, we encounter physics daily. As physics is a subject we are constantly immersed in and is used to forge tomorrow’s most exciting discoveries, our goal is to remove the intimidation factor of physics and replace it with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Physics for Scientists and Engineers takes this approach using inspirational examples and applications to bring physics to life in the most relevant and real ways for its students. The text is written with Canadian students and instructors in mind and is informed by Physics Education Research (PER) with international context and examples. Physics for Scientists and Engineers gives students unparalleled practice opportunities and digital support to foster student comprehension and success.


  • Written by students for students, Peer to Peer boxes provide useful tips for navigating difficult concepts.

  • Online Activity Boxes provide interactive activities which will help with concept development. Many of these are matched to the physics education research-validated PhETs.

  • Learning Objectives are numbered and directive goals or outcomes that the student should take away from the chapter. Each Learning Objective corresponds to major sections within the chapter.

  • Opening Vignettes at the beginning of each chapter introduce topics through an interesting and engaging real-life example that pertains to the chapter’s subject matter.

  • Making Connections boxes are provided in a narrative format and contain concise examples from international contexts, the history of physics, daily life, and other sciences.

  • Key Equations help students differentiate fundamental relationships from those that are used in steps of derivations or examples.


"I believe that the book's primary strength is its comprehensiveness. It provides the student with not only a sound fundamental basis and mathematical analysis, but also a valuable insight into the application of these phenomena."
— Salam Tawfiq

About the Author

Robert Hawkes

Robert Hawkes is a Professor of Physics at Mount Allison University. As well as extensive experience in teaching introductory physics he has taught upper level courses in mechanics, relativity, electricity and magnetism, electronics and astrophysics, as well as education courses in science methods and technology in education. His research program is in solar system astrophysics using advanced electro-optical devices to study atmospheric meteor ablation, as well as complementary lab based techniques such as laser ablation. He has won a number of teaching awards including a 3M STLHE National Teaching Fellow, the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Science Atlantic University Teaching Award. He has been an early adopter of a number of interactive teaching techniques, in particular collaborative learning in both introductory and advanced courses. He was the co-editor of the Physics in Canada special issue on physics education.

Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal is the Director of Science Co-op Program and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. At UBC he has taught first year physics for 20 years and has been instrumental in promoting the use of 'clickers' at UBC and other Canadian universities. In 2004, he was awarded the Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2012, he was awarded The Killam Teaching Prize. His research areas include theoretical nuclear physics, computational modelling of light scattering from nanostructures and computational physics.

Firas Mansour

As a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 2007, Firas Mansour’s exceptional teaching style has gained respect and praise from his students. Firas currently teaches first year Physics classes to Engineers, Life Science and Physical Science students and has taught upper year elective Physics courses in the past. He is highly regarded for his quality of teaching, his enthusiasm in teaching, and his understanding of students’ needs Firas’ dedication to teaching is exemplary, as is his interest in outreach activities in bringing scientific knowledge beyond the university boundary. Firas is a 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient at the University of Waterloo.

Marina Milner-Bolotin

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin is a science educator within the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC. She specializes in science (physics) teaching and studies ways of using technology to promote student interest in science. For the last 20 years she has been teaching science and mathematics in Israel, US (Texas and New Jersey) and Canada. She has taught physics and mathematics to a wide range of students: from elementary gifted students to university undergraduates in science programs and future teachers. She also has led a number of professional development activities for science in-service and pre-service teachers and university faculty: from LoggerPro training workshops, to clicker and tablet training, and to physics content presentations at conferences and PD days. Since 1994, she has been engaged in science education research. Dr. Milner earned her M.Sc. in theoretical physics at Kharkov National University, Ukraine in 1991 and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in science education at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. At UT Austin she investigated how project-based instruction in science courses for future elementary teachers affected their interest in science and their ability to do and teach science. Before joining UBC she was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is actively recruiting graduate students. Dr. Milner-Bolotin is a member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and a President and a representative for BC Section of AAPT.

Peter Williams

Peter Williams is Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and Professor of Physics at Acadia University and won the 2006 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Peter has developed and taught a great diversity of courses, has shown innovation in the classroom and has published a number of articles in teaching journals. Peter has a clear desire to provide his students with an exceptional learning experience and there is strong evidence, from the received testimonials, that his teaching has had a significant impact on the lives and career choices of his students. Peter devotes significant efforts to improving secondary and post-secondary physics education in Atlantic Canada. Peter is one of those rare individuals who can effectively combine the best of technology enhanced educational techniques while maintaining a strong personal approach to teaching. He has played a critical role in the development of studio physics modes of instruction at Acadia University, has developed several innovative courses, including most recently a Physics of Music course at Acadia. Furthermore, he has provided regional, national and international leadership in new modes of physics teaching through his writing and presentations, and set an exemplary model for applying research methodology to evaluation of the effectiveness of different modes of physics instruction.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Mechanics
Chapter 1: Introduction to Physics
Chapter 2: Scalars and Vectors
Chapter 3: Motion in One Dimension
Chapter 4: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
Chapter 5: Forces and Motion
Chapter 6: Work and Energy
Chapter 7: Linear Momentum, Collisions, and Systems of Particles
Chapter 8: Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
Chapter 9: Rolling Motion
Chapter 10: Equilibrium and Elasticity
Chapter 11: Gravitation
Chapter 12: Fluids

Section 2: Waves and Oscillations
Chapter 13: Oscillations
Chapter 14: Waves
Chapter 15: Sound and Interference

Section 3: Thermodynamics
Chapter 16: Temperature and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 17: Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 18: Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Section 4: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
Chapter 19: Electric Fields and Forces
Chapter 20: Gauss’s Law
Chapter 21: Electrical Potential Energy and Electric Potential
Chapter 22: Capacitance
Chapter 23: Electric Current and Fundamentals of DC Circuits
Chapter 24: Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Forces
Chapter 25: Electromagnetic Induction
Chapter 26: Alternating Current Circuits
Chapter 27: Electromagnetic Waves and Maxwell’s Equations
Chapter 28: Geometric Optics
Chapter 29: Physical Optics

Section 5: Modern Physics
Chapter 30: Relativity
Chapter 31: Fundamental Discoveries of Modern Physics
Chapter 32: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 33: Introduction to Solid-State Physics
Chapter 34: Introduction to Nuclear Physics
Chapter 35: Introduction to Particle Physics

Appendix A: Answers to Selected Questions
Appendix B: SI Units and Prefixes
Appendix C: Geometry and Trigonometry
Appendix D: Key Calculus Ideas
Appendix E: Useful Mathematical Formulas and Mathematical Symbols Used in the Text and Their Meaning
Appendix F: Periodic Table of the Elements

New to this edition

  • New and updated examples and applications
  • Gauss’s Law now has its own devoted chapter.
  • Coverage of Electricity & Magnetism and Mechanics has been updated and improved.
  • Additional problems were added throughout for even more practice opportunities.
  • Möbius is an engaging online environment that integrates the text with interactive simulations and applications. Visualize problems and solutions, and gauge your understanding by answering questions that provide you with detailed feedback instantly. With Möbius you will find everything that you need to succeed in your course wherever you are!


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Student Solutions Manual for Hawke's Physics for Scientists and Engineers  (ISBN-10: 0176770461 | ISBN-13: 9780176770464)
Online Instructor Resources for Hawkes' Physics for Scientists and Engineers  (ISBN-10: 0176719792 | ISBN-13: 9780176719791)
Value Pack: Physics for Scientists and Engineers + Mobius Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176874518 | ISBN-13: 9780176874513)
Value Pack: Physics for Scientists and Engineers + Student Solutions Manual + Mobius Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176886877 | ISBN-13: 9780176886875)

Student Supplements

eBook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers  (ISBN-10: 0176837418 | ISBN-13: 9780176837419)
Student Solutions Manual for Hawke's Physics for Scientists and Engineers  (ISBN-10: 0176770461 | ISBN-13: 9780176770464)
Value Pack: Physics for Scientists and Engineers + Mobius Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176874518 | ISBN-13: 9780176874513)
Value Pack: Physics for Scientists and Engineers + Student Solutions Manual + Mobius Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176886877 | ISBN-13: 9780176886875)