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This two-volume modern textbook for introductory calculus-based college physics courses emphasizes qualitative as well as quantitative reasoning, and puts heavy emphasis on atomic-level description and analysis. The 3rd edition, published in 2010, features a larger collection of problems and numerical examples, plus a new section on geometric optics. The Matter & Interactions approach focuses on the importance of basic principles of physics, engages students in modeling, and integrates the atomic nature of matter throughout the curriculum.  

The web site also provides extensive resources for instructors using the texts, including software, discussion forums, instructional activities, and lecture notes.

The book is available in two paperback volumes or one complete hardbound volume (ISBN: 978-0-470-50347-8.) There are also loose leaf versions and ebook versions.
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Good approach

Author: Gary
Posted: September 28, 2009 at 5:02PM
Source: The Nucleus collection

I really admire the approach of this text...I actually liked the older edition (of the E&M text) where you filled in the boxes as you went, but the explicit linkage between mechanics, microscopic phenomena, and the stick and ball model of matter really is a satisfying way to learn about physics...

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Matter & Interactions: Textbook Web Site:

Is the Basis For Matter & Interactions

This review article gives details about the background research and use of the Matter and Interactions textbook.

relation by Bruce Mason
Is Supplemented By Matter & Interactions Practice Problems

These problems are written to supplement the Matter and Interactions textbook for introductory calculus-based physics.

relation by Bruce Mason
Is Based On A unified treatment of eletrostatics and circuits

An unpublished manuscript that describes the pedagogical basis for Volume 2 of the Matter and Interactions textbook on electricity and magnetism.

relation by Caroline Hall
Contains VPython Introductory Computational Physics

These supplemental activities provide computational experiences to students using the Matter and Interactions textbook.

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