Conceptual Physics 9th Edition by Paul Hewitt Course Outline

My oldest child will be going through Conceptual Physics this coming school year.  He will be reading the 9th edition Conceptual Physics book and all page numbers and problem numbers are based on that book.  Click here to see the book on Amazon.  I believe this edition was designed to be used for a college class with non-science majors.

It was a bit daunting for me to figure out how to plan out this course for my son at first.  But, I discovered many great online resources that made it a doable task.  I’m quite happy with how this course has turned out.

My son is doing Conceptual Physics as a non-lab course. However, I have included many simulations that could be used as labs.  I’m just having my son explore the simulations as an extension of what he has learned in the book and videos.

Most of the course will be done independently by my son.  However, I will do the Next Time Questions with him and check his answers on the questions, exercises, and problems assigned in the book.

Here are many of the great resources I found to help me put together this course outline:

I’ve incorporated a couple “toys” into the course as well.  My son already owns them and I felt they would be a good fit for this course.

Internal Combustion Engine Model

Elenco 200-in-One Electronic Project Lab



Chapter 2: Newton’s First Law of Motion – Inertia

Chapter 3: Linear Motion

Chapter 4: Newton’s Second Law of Motion

Chapter 5: Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Chapter 6: Momentum

Chapter 7: Energy

Chapter 8: Rotational Motion

Chapter 9: Gravity

Chapter 10: Projectile and Satellite Motion

Properties of Matter

Chapter 11: The Atomic Nature of Matter

Chapter 12: Solids

Chapter 13: Liquids

Chapter 14: Gases and Plasmas


Chapter 15: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion

Chapter 16: Heat Transfer

Chapter 17: Change of Phase

Chapter 18: Thermodynamics


Chapter 19: Vibrations and Waves

Chapter 20: Sound

Chapter 21: Musical Sounds

Electricity and Magnetism

Chapter 22: Electrostatics

Chapter 23: Electric Current

Chapter 24: Magnetism

Chapter 25: Electromagnetic Induction


Chapter 26: Properties of Light

Chapter 27: Color

Chapter 28: Reflection and Refraction

Chapter 29: Light Waves

Chapter 30: Light Emission

Chapter 31: Light Quanta

Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Chapter 32: The Atom and the Quantum

Chapter 33:  The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

Chapter 34: Nuclear Fission and Fusion


Chapter 35: Special Theory of Relativity

Chapter 36: General Theory of Relativity


  1. Just found your outline and links. Thank you so much for the helpful resources.

  2. Thank you for this! I’m curious how the course went? Did the material seem manageable? I know from experience that the Miller Levine Biology text is huge with so many chapters, so we had to cut several chapters from our biology study.

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