The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, 8th Edition

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The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, Eighth Edition by James Trefil and Robert Hazen uses an approach that recognises that science forms a seamless web of knowledge about the universe. This text fully integrates physics, chemistry, astronomy, earth sciences, and biology and emphasizes general principles and their application to real-world situations.

The goal of the textbook is to help students achieve scientific literacy. Applauded by students and instructors for its easy-to-read style and detail appropriate for non-science majors, the eighth edition of The Sciences: An Integrated Approach has been updated to bring the most up-to-date coverage to the students in all areas of science.


  • Each chapter begins with a statement of a great unifying idea or theme in science and has a radiating diagram that shows how the great idea has been applied to different branches of science and to everyday life.
  • New and updated End of Chapter Questions written to stimulate discussion, integrated thinking, and check students’ understanding of the materials.
James Trefil
George Mason University

Robert M. Hazen
George Mason University

1. Science: A Way of Knowing
2. The Ordered Universe
3. Energy
4. Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
5. Electricity and Magnetism
6. Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation
7. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
8. The Atom
9. Quantum Mechanics
10. Atoms in Combination: The Chemical Bond
11. Materials and Their Properties
12. The Nucleus of the Atom
13. The Ultimate Structure of Matter
14. The Stars
15. Cosmology
16. Earth and Other Planets
17. Plate Tectonics
18. Earth’s Many Cycles
19. Ecology, Ecosystems, and the Environment
20. Strategies of Life
21. The Living Cell
22. Molecules of Life
23. Classical and Modern Genetics
24. The New Science of Life
25. Evolution
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