College Physics  

Putting It All Together

Ron Hellings
Montana State University

Jeff Adams
The Pennyslvania State University

Greg Francis
Montana State University


"I love this book.  It is concise and to the point.  Kudos for not having too much unnecessary entertainment, side panels, activities and the like.  I would adopt it for my course with no reservations."
-Svetlana Gladycheva, Towson University

"Contemporary introductory physics books have become increasingly larger and full of details. This book is a refreshing departure from this trend.  It covers all the necessary material in a more terse and to-the-point way without sacrificing accuracy or content.  Its conversational style can appeal to students who have little prior exposure to physics."
-Athanasios Petridis, Drake University

"A briefer, less detailed, and more affordable textbook is keenly needed for the introductory, algebra-based physics course.  I applaud Hellings & co. for undertaking this important challenge."
-John R. Taylor, University of Colorado

College Physics: Putting It All Together is an algebra-based physics text designed for the first year, non-calculus college course. Although it covers the traditional topics in the traditional order, this book is very different from its over-inflated and overpriced competitors. College Physics: Putting It All Together:

This textbook is a ground-breaking iconoclast in this market, answering a clear demand from physics instructors for a clearer, shorter, more readable and less expensive introductory textbook.

About the Authors

Ron.jpg (125431 bytes) Ron Hellings is emeritus Professor of Physics at Montana State University.  He completed a BS in Physics at BYU, an MS at UCLA, and a PhD at Montana State University-Bozeman. He has taught Physics at Cal Poly-Pomona, Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College. Ron spent twenty-five years as a Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before moving back to Bozeman in 2001 to work as a Research Professor in the Physics Department at Montana State University. For a period of three years during his time at Montana State University, he was on loan to NASA Headquarters in Washington DC to act as Program Scientist for the Astrophysics Theory Program. 

Jeff.jpg (57971 bytes)Jeff Adams is Associate Vice President at Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Physics (1991) and his Bachelor of Education.  In 1996, Adams joined Montana State University in the field of physics education research where he co-founded the Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) team.  From 2001 to 2011 he served as MSU's Assistant Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs.  

Greg.jpg (157804 bytes)Greg Francis is Professor of Physics at Montana State University.  He did his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, and studied plasma physics as a graduate student at MIT.  After finishing his doctorate in 1987, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.  In 1990 Greg joined the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 1992, Greg has experimented with active learning approaches in large introductory classes at Montana State University.  Greg is also co-author of “Physics:  A Conceptual World View,” one of the best-selling textbooks used in introductory physics courses.

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