Former silver-medal boxing champion, sign painter, uranium prospector, and soldier, Paul began college at the age of 27, with the help of the GI Bill. He pioneered the conceptual approach to teaching physics at the City College of San Francisco. This approach became the foundation of his landmark textbook, Conceptual Physics, which has since reached the hearts and minds of millions of students worldwide. Paul has taught as a guest teacher at numerous middle schools and high schools, the University of California at both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses, and the University of Hawaii at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. He also taught for 20 years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which honored him with its Outstanding Educator Award in 2000. Paul is also a coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science (with John and Leslie), as well as coauthor of Conceptual Integrated Science (with Suzanne, John, and Jennifer).
Conceptual Physical Science
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Conceptual Physical Science has grown to become the top selling physical science text within North America. This engaging up-to-date text takes learning physical science to a new level by combining Hewitt's leading conceptual approach with a friendly writing style, strong integration of the sciences, and more quantitative coverage. This text begins with a focus on the essential topics of physics upon which concepts of chemistry are then built. This sets the stage for an exploration of physics and chemistry concepts as they apply to planet Earth and then beyond in the study of astronomy.
“I am more of an English and History kind of person. However this book kept me interested and explained the material in a clear concise way. I never felt that I had to slog through massive amounts of information in order to get to "main idea". I used this book for an online class last semester and it was instrumental in helping me teach myself the material. Definitely one of my favorite science textbooks so far. I would study for my tests by reading the chapter and watching the videos. I got an A in the class thanks to this book! Taylor C. Amazon Review
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