Course Materials


Physics  (5th Edition) by James S. Walker. ISBN-13: 9780134019840

Note that this is the newest edition. The 4th edition, with/without technology update, and the 3rd edition are still in circulation and we know of no reason that they would not be sufficient for the course; if you already have one of these books there is no need to purchase the latest edition. However, MasteringPhysics is required for the course, and it is usually packaged with the textbook.

It is a student responsibility to acquire the textbook before the first class meeting; no exemptions for homeworks or quizzes will be granted due to textbook delivery problems.

We suggest the following textbook purchase options.

  1. From the UVa bookstore: (Mastering Physics with eText).  Note: the print version of the text book is optional.
  2. From online book sellers including and Barnes & Noble. In this case, remember to get it EARLY. Web retailers often run short of stock at the beginning of the semester, stranding students who have purchased the book online but are stuck waiting several weeks for delivery. Also, be sure that the book you are buying comes with a valid access code for MasteringPhysics, otherwise, you will have to purchase that independently (see below).
  3. A used 3rd or 4th edition textbook from bookstore or web retailer.

    The "Student Study Guide and Selected Solutions Manual" associated with this text book is also available. It is optional and you are not required to buy this. We have heard mixed reviews from students about its usefulness.


Mastering Physics

No matter which purchase option you choose, you need to register on-line in order to use MasteringPhysics. We strongly encourage you do so before or during the first week of class, and to work the "introductory" assignment (which is not graded) to get used to the interface.

  1. Some instructions for how to register online can be found here.
  2. The course ID required for registering your MasteringPhysics work is: MPPHYS2010FALL2017 .
  3. IMPORTANT: When registering, use your UVa computing/email ID in the field "student ID", not your UVa student ID and never use your SSN.

iClickers (Student Response System Transmitters):

Every student will be required to have an iClicker transmitter in class to personally respond to various conceptual and/or numerical questions throughout the lectures. Interaction through the clicker system will significantly improve your engagement in the lecture and improve your understanding of the material at hand. The transmitters allow you to respond anonymously; they are for sale at the Newcomb Hall University Bookstore.

Register your iClicker When you have purchased your transmitter, you must register its ID number so we can know when to credit you for answering. The transmitter registration is done via UVaCollab and is specific to this course. (There is a separate registration system operated through the iClicker website; we do not use that registration system for this course.) You cannot earn any credit before your clicker is registered. Please do register it right away; quiz scores will become relevant as early as the second class.