Physics 6 to 12 

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Annotated Bibliography

The annotated bibliography that follows includes basic references that you may find useful in preparing for the exam. Each resource is keyed to the competencies and skills found in Section 3 of this guide.

This bibliography is representative of the most important and most comprehensive texts as reflected in the competencies and skills. The Florida Department of Education does not endorse these references as the only appropriate sources for review; many comparable texts currently used in teacher preparation programs also cover the competencies and skills that are tested on the exam.

  1. Arons, A. B. (1997). Teaching introductory physics. New York: Wiley.

    Presents observations from throughout the physics teaching community that have a direct bearing on classroom practice. Divided into three parts: basic teaching techniques, developing homework and tests, and introduction to classical conservation laws. Serves as a guide to teaching students of all levels using a systematic approach. Useful for review of competency 1.

  2. Cutnell, J. D., & Johnson, K. W. (2008). Physics (8th ed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

    Covers basic concepts of general physics, including modern physics. Includes diverse conceptual and computational questions and problems. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  3. Giancoli, D. C. (2005). Physics: Principles with applications (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

    Combines conceptual understanding with an algebra-based approach. Contains a large number of practice problems. Addresses introductory and intermediate physics concepts. Useful for review of  compentencies 1 to 7 .

  4. Halliday, D., Resnick, R., & Walker, J. (2008). Fundamentals of physics (8th ed.). New York: Wiley.

    Calculus-based text introduces physics at the college level. Provides a foundational understanding of fundamental physics concepts, and helps readers apply this conceptual understanding to quantitative problem solving. Combines authoritative content and stimulating applications. Useful for review of  compentencies 1 to 7 .

  5. Hewitt, P. G. (2008). Conceptual physics fundamentals. San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Develops a solid conceptual understanding of basic physics while introducing necessary problem solving skills. Author's presentation of concepts available on supplemental video. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  6. Knight, R. D. (2008). Physics for scientists and engineers: A strategic approach with modern physics (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Introductory, calculus-based college-level text. Addresses common misconceptions and preconceptions. Combines quantitative coverage with an inductive approach to core concepts. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  7. Knight, R. D., Jones, B., & Field, S. (2007). College physics: A strategic approach with MasteringPhysics trademark. San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Introductory college-level text. Uses real-life examples to build problem-solving abilities. Explicitly addresses common misconceptions and preconceptions. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  8. McDermott, L. C. (1996). Physics by inquiry. New York: Wiley.

    Offers a step-by-step introduction to physics and physical sciences through laboratory-based modules. Presents fundamental topics to help students develop critical scientific reasoning skills. Provides practice in relating scientific concepts, representations, and models to existing phenomena. Useful for review of competency 1.

  9. National Science Teachers Association (2007). NSTA position statement: Liability of science educators for laboratory safety. [Online].

    Identifies the responsibilities of science teachers, school administrators, district personnel, and school board members for ensuring safety in school science laboratories. Useful for review of competency 1.

  10. Serway, R. A., & Faughn, J. S. (2006). College physics (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

    Covers standard topics in classical and modern physics. Includes a discussion of Newtonian mechanics and the physics of fluids; heat and thermodynamics; wave motion and sound; electricity and magnetism; properties of light and the field of geometric and wave optics; and an introduction to special relativity, quantum physics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  11. Serway, R. A., & Faughn, J. S. (2006). Holt physics. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

    Introduces physics concepts such as basic collisions, fluids, rotational motion, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Covers mechanics in both one and two dimensions. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  12. Serway, R. A., & Jewett, J. W. (2007). Physics for scientists and engineers with modern physics (7th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.

    Calculus-based resource with numerous online tutorials. Contains many examples, conceptual questions, and problems. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 7 .

  13. TERC (2006). Physics that works. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

    Uses design projects to help students develop physics understanding. Promotes learning and understanding through five extended design, engineering, and technology challenges. Useful for review of  competencies 1 to 6 .

  14. Texley, J., Terry, K., & Summers, J. (2004). Investigating safely: A guide for high school teachers. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

    Examines the special safety requirements of specific disciplines such as physics, chemistry, Earth/space science, and biology. Topics include equipping labs, storing and disposing of chemicals and other hazardous materials, maintaining documentation, and organizing field trips. Discusses how to accommodate students with special needs as well as how to help students share responsibility for safety in science classes. Useful for review of competency 1.

  15. Walker, J. S. (2007). Physics with MasteringPhysics trademark  (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Integrates conceptual understanding with quantitative problem solving. Useful for review of competencies 1–7.

  16. Wilson, J. D., & Buffa, A. J. (2007). College physics (6th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Presents fundamental physics concepts with an emphasis on biomedical applications. Useful for review of competencies 1–7.

  17. Wolfson, R. (2006). Essential university physics. San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Calculus-based text introduces fundamentals of physics. Emphasizes conceptual understanding and makes connections to the real world. Includes annotated figures and step-by-step problem-solving strategies. Useful for review of competencies 1–7.

  18. Young, H. D., Freedman, R. A., Ford, A. L., & Sears, F. W. (2007). Sears and Zemansky's university physics: With modern physics (12th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley.

    Provides a calculus-based, college-level introduction to mechanics, waves and acoustics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics. Useful for review of competencies 1–7.


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