Saturday, July 6, 2019

Fundamentals of Physics Extended (10th Edition)

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Fun with a big challenge.That is how I have regarded physics since the day when Sharon, one of the students in a class I taught as a graduate student, suddenly demanded of me, “What has any of this got to do with my life?” Of course I immediately responded, “Sharon, this has everything to do with your life—this is physics.”

She asked me for an example. I thought and thought but could not come up with a single one.That night I began writing the book The Flying Circus of Physics (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1975) for Sharon but also for me because I realized her complaint was mine. I had spent six years slugging my way through many dozens of physics textbooks that were carefully written with the best of pedagogical plans, but there was something missing. Physics is the most interesting subject in the world because it is about how the world works, and yet the textbooks had been thoroughly wrung of any connection with the real world.The fun was missing.

I have packed a lot of real-world physics into Fundamentals of Physics, connecting it with the new edition of The Flying Circus of Physics. Much of the material comes from the introductory physics classes I teach, where I can judge from the faces and blunt comments what material and presentations work and what do not. The notes I make on my successes and failures there help form the basis of this book. My message here is the same as I had with every student I’ve met since Sharon so long ago:“Yes, you can reason from basic physics concepts all the way to valid conclusions about the real world, and that understanding of the real world is where the fun is.”

1. Measurement
2. Motion Along a Straight Line
3. Vectors
4. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
5. Force and Motion
6. Force and Motion—II
7. Kinetic Energy and Work
8. Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy
9. Center of Mass and Linear Momentum
10. Rotation
11. Rolling, Torque, and Angular Momentum
12. Equilibrium and Elasticity
13. Gravitation
14. Fluids
15. Oscillations
16. Waves—I
17. Waves—II
18. Temperature, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
19. The Kinetic Theory of Gases
20. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
21. Coulomb’s Law
22. Electric Fields
23. Gauss’ Law
24. Electric Potential
25. Capacitance
26. Current and Resistance
27. Circuits
28. Magnetic Fields
29. Magnetic Fields Due to Currents
30. Induction and Inductance
31. Electromagnetic Oscillations and Alternating Current
32. Maxwell’s Equations; Magnetism of Matter
33. Electromagnetic Waves
34. Images
35. Interference
36. Diffraction
37. Relativity
38. Photons and Matter Waves
39. More About Matter Waves
40. All About Atoms
41. Conduction of Electricity in Solids
42. Nuclear Physics
43. Energy from the Nucleus
44. Quarks, Leptons, and the Big Bang

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