University Physics

University Physics is the name of a two-volume physics textbook written by Hugh Young and Roger Freedman. The first edition of University Physics was published by Mark Zemansky and Francis Sears in 1949.[2] Hugh Young became a coauthor with Sears and Zemansky in 1973. Now in its 15th edition, University Physics is among the most widely used introductory textbooks in the world.[3]

University Physics
12th edition cover featuring the Millau Viaduct.
AuthorHugh Young, Roger Freedman, Francis Sears, Mark Zemansky
Cover artistYvo Riezebos Design
CountryUnited States
PublisherPearson Education
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages1632 pp (14th edition, hardcover)[1]

University Physics by Pearson is not to be confused with a free textbook by the same name, available from OpenStax[4]


Volume 1. Classic mechanics, Waves/acoustics, and Thermodynamics

Volume 2. Electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics

  1. Electric Charge and Electric Field
  2. Gauss’s Law
  3. Electric Potential
  4. Capacitance and Dielectrics
  5. Current, Resistance, and Electromotive Force
  6. Direct-Current Circuits
  7. Magnetic Field and Magnetic Forces
  8. Sources of Magnetic Field
  9. Electromagnetic Induction
  10. Inductance
  11. Alternating Current
  12. Electromagnetic Waves
  1. The Nature and Propagation of Light
  2. Geometric Optics
  3. Interference
  4. Diffraction
Modern Physics
  1. Relativity
  2. Photons: Light Waves Behaving as Particles
  3. Particles Behaving as Waves
  4. Quantum Mechanics
  5. Atomic Structure
  6. Molecules and Condensed Matter
  7. Nuclear Physics
  8. Particle Physics and Cosmology


  1. "University Physics". Amazon.
  2. "University Physics". Pearson Australia.
  3. "About Hugh D. Young". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  4. Ling, Samuel; et al. "University Physics". OpenStax. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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