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What You Need for Physics 240


If you took physics at Grossmont College and used the 9th edition of the textbook, see your instructor. 

This page describes what you need if you did not take  Physics 140 at Grossmont College or took it prior to Fall 2010.

We will cover chapters 18 through 31 or 32.  Most items are available at the bookstore.  The WileyPlus code may be purchased directly from the publisher.


WileyPlus Access Code: If you used the 8th edition of Halliday, Resnick, and Walker at Grossmont College, your WileyPlus code is no longer valid. You will also need a new URL for the class.  If you used the 9th edition, see your instructor.

Chapters 18  ̶  20 of Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 10th edition: these chapters are at the end of  Part 2.

Chapters 21  ̶  32 of Halliday, Resnick, and Walker: these are in Part 3.  I strongly recommend against trying to study from the online text only.  However, if that is what you wish to do, all the chapters should be accessible with the WileyPlus code. 

A  binder-ready version including the access code and covering chapters 1  ̶  44 is available from the bookstore.  If you wish to purchase a paper copy, this is a probably a better deal than buying the two sections listed above.

If you have a printed copy of the 8th or 9th edition, the text should still be suitable, but the end-of-chapter problems will not be correct.

Lab notebook: available at the bookstore.  If you have one from another class, you can show it to me to see if it is OK.

Lab manual: Physics 240 Lab Manual by Ross Cohen

Optional Texts:

Study Guide to accompany Fundamentals of Physics: a single volume covers all 44 chapters.

Student solution manual: I recommend you use the online version available with your WileyPlus code.


You need a ruler and protractor and a non-programmable scientific calculator.  Programmable calculators are not permitted for the tests but are OK for the quizzes.

Last Updated: 01/14/2015
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