Conceptual Physics, Books a la Carte Edition (12th Edition)
The a La Carte text is an unbound, 3-hole punched (you provide a binder) version of the full text that lets you take out only what you need (rather than carrying the whole text), with wider margins for notetaking purposes.
Since defining this course 30 years ago, Paul Hewitt's best-selling text continues as the benchmark by which all others are judged. InConceptual Physics with MasteringPhysics®, Twelfth EditionPaul Hewitt integrates a compelling text and the most advanced media to make physics interesting, understandable, and relevant for students. TheTwelfth Editionwill delight students with informative and fun Hewitt-Drew-It screencasts, updated content, applications, and new learning activities in MasteringPhysics.
Hewitt's text is guided by the principle of "concepts before calculations" and is famous for engaging students with analogies and imagery from the real-world that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics.
This online course, when combined with the Conceptual Physics - 12th Ed. text, comprises a high school level physics course. With 41 lessons (each taking approximately one week), the Honors Physics course covers mechanics, matter, heat, sound., electromagnetism, light and modern physics. The simplest option is completing the labs provided in the end-of-chapter activities in the textbook, while more involved "PhET" labs can be accessed with the course contents. (There is a lab book that correlates for the Conceptual Physics textbook available from other textbook resellers for the most complete lab experience, although most labs will require classroom physics lab equipment.) For more detailed information on the course, download the PDF "User's Manual".
Taking a physics-first approach, students who have used a middle school Integrated Course should begin with Conceptual Physics, followed by Conceptual Chemistry and Conceptual Biology. If beginning this series at the high school level, then the student should begin with upper-level Conceptual Physical Science before going on to physics, chemistry, and biology. Parents/Teachers will want to verify courses that meet state requirements. Please note that the complete course requires purchase of the textbook AND the online course, except for Biology.
Conceptual Academy’s self-study courses meet the needs of college-bound students who plan to major in a non-science-based field. Taking a physics-first approach, this secular science program is a hybrid that integrates a textbook and online portal for self-study. Most courses require the purchase of a physical or pdf textbook along with the Online Course. Currently, purchase of Biology courses includes the textbook in a PDF format, as well as the online course. For other courses, see individual courses for textbook ISBNs that may be available from us or used through other online suppliers. Conceptual Academy also recommends the more affordable optional e-Textbook from Vital Source. Access information for the course will be emailed in 1-2 business days after purchase.
So, what is Conceptual Academy? Centered on video instruction created by the text authors, Conceptual Academy’s self-study courses are content rich and flexible for independent learners. There are worksheets, chapter summaries, automated quizzes and homework, a grade book, supplemental podcasts with chapter discussions, educational advice and interviews, chapter summaries, and more. Hands-on activities within the textbook can serve as the labs and use common household items. Also available are interactive simulations from University of Colorado and eScience Lab kits (additional cost). Purchase of the online course is for one year, one student. The courses can be accessed from laptops and desktop computers, and 'mobile links' are posted with each video lesson that allow play on mobile devices. Unless noted, the textbook must be purchased separately.
The sequence of these texts and courses are as follows: Physical Science Explorations and Integrated Science Explorations at the junior high level, then Conceptual Physics, Conceptual Chemistry, then Conceptual Biology. If beginning this series at the high school level, then the student should begin with upper-level Conceptual Physical Science before going on to physics, chemistry, and biology. Please note that the complete course requires purchase of the textbook AND the online course. Older edition textbooks can be used with modifications.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.