Matter & Interactions

Resources for instructors

Discussion group

Adopters can join an online Matter & Interactions discussion group.

What's new in the 3rd edition

Here is a detailed summary of the important changes in the 3rd edition.

Resources for adopters available from the publisher

There are extensive instructor resources created by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood for the 3rd edition of the Matter & Interactions textbook. They include:

Please contact Ruth Chabay or Bruce Sherwood to obtain these instructor resources. The publisher's own instructor web site is unfortunately not up to date but Wiley has up-to-date materials on DVDs that are available through us. These materials are also available to instructors on the Resources tab of WebAssign "courses" that use the textbook.

Introducing computational modeling

The document A Brief Guide to Computational Modeling in Matter & Interactions explains how computation is incorporated into the curriculum. The well-tested resources described above are provided to make this important activity easy for instructors to manage and entirely accessible to students with no prior programming experience, using the 3D programming environment VPython. VPython is also used in upper-level physics textbooks, including these:

A Survey of Computational Physics: Introductory Computational Science Rubin H. Landau, Manual J. Paez, Cristian Bordeianu (2011)

Computational Physics with Python Mark Newman (2012)

An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Robert H. Swendsen (2012)

Equilibrium Statistical Physics With Computer Simulations in Python Leonard M. Sander (2013)

Videos of Matter & Interactions lectures

Modern Mechanics, presented by Ruth Chabay

Electric & Magnetic Interactions, presented by Matthew Kohlmyer

More on computational modeling activities

Computational modeling activities from Spring 2010 at NCSU are available in the Compadre physics collection. These writeups incorporate recent research and development carried out by Ruth Chabay and some of her Physics Education Research graduate students on how best to teach computational modeling in the intro physics course. In this context, two of the students have created short videos to show key concepts in VPython:

Textbook ordering Information

The way Wiley's ordering system works, it is essential to specify the following ISBN data when requesting review copies from Wiley reps or when placing an order:

3rd edition Volume 1 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-470-50345-4
3rd edition Volume 2 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-470-50346-1
3rd edition complete in one volume (hardbound) ISBN: 978-0-470-50347-8
There are also loose-leaf versions, to be placed in 3-ring binders.
One can purchase from Wiley an ebook with considerable savings: ISBN 978-0-470-57168-2
An ebook version is also available in rental form through WebAssign and CourseSmart.

The textbook is available from a number of sources, including direct from the publisher: Go to

Table of contents, 3rd edition, volume 1: Modern Mechanics

1. Interactions and Motion
2. The Momentum Principle
3. The Fundamental Interactions
4. Contact Interactions
5. Rate of Change of Momentum
6. The Energy Principle
7. Internal Energy
8. Energy Quantization
9. Multiparticle Systems
10. Collisions
11. Angular Momentum
12. Entropy: Limits on the Possible
13. Gases and Engines

Table of contents, 3rd edition, volume 2: Electric & Magnetic Interactions

14. Electric Field
15. Electric Fields and Matter
16. Electric Field of Distributed Charges
17. Electric Potential
18. Magnetic Field
19. Electric Field and Circuits
20. Circuit Elements
21. Magnetic Force
22. Patterns of Field in Space
23. Faraday's Law
24. Electromagnetic Radiation
25. Waves and Particles