The Cartoon Guide To Physics (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit card bill — if you imagine that Ohm's Law dictates how long to meditate — if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car — you need The Cartoon Guide to Physics to set you straight.

You don't have to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Physics explains them all: velocity, acceleration, explosions, electricity and magnetism, circuits — even a ...

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Overview

If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit card bill — if you imagine that Ohm's Law dictates how long to meditate — if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car — you need The Cartoon Guide to Physics to set you straight.

You don't have to be a scientist to grasp these and many other complex ideas, because The Cartoon Guide to Physics explains them all: velocity, acceleration, explosions, electricity and magnetism, circuits — even a taste of relativity theory — and much more, in simple, clear, and, yes, funny illustrations. Physics will never be the same!

From the author of the bestselling The Cartoon History of the Universe--a refreshingly humorous and effective cartoon explanation of the principles of physics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613679541
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for more than thirty years, ever since Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform appeared in 1977. He has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Error

    I found an error in the acceleration problem in the first chapter and that has caused me to question every other example in the book. Thus far I haven't found any other errors but it is difficult to overcome.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A funny way of learning Physics!

    My Physics teacher uses parts of this book in her lecture and recommended it for us. When I picked it up, I began to read the section of the book that we were on and found it very entertaining! I believe it was a really fun way to solidify any concepts that we were going over by learning it in a different way. I highly recommend this for those who fall asleep on their textbook as a supplement, because it is a fun and easy way to learn Physics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Not as good as The Cartoon History of the Universe

    I was delighted when some time ago I received two volumes of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe as a present from a friend. It is absolutely hilarious! Being a physicist, I considered it a must to add Cartoon Guide to Physics to my Larry Gonick collection. <P>However, I was disappointed. The guide indeed tries to cover a significant amount of the usual high-school physics course - mechanics, electricity and magnetism (missing are thermodynamics and optics) - but it is not really as charmingly funny as the Cartoon History of the Universe. As a physicist, I can assure you that the problem does not lie in the simple fact that the history is more interesting topic than physics - physics is plenty interesting, thank you! But the desired blend between the textbook and the cartoon resulted in something that is not educational enough to actually learn something from it and too boring to make a good cartoon. <P>Trying to find some bright spot, I am happy to report I have not discovered any major flops in the science part of the book. Also, I believe the book actually becomes somewhat more interesting toward the end. But then again, if I would have to choose between, say, the chapter on relativity and Joseph Schwartz's Einstein for Beginners, I would probably opt for the latter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    READ THIS!!!!

    The Cartoon Guide to physics WILL get you through college Physics I & II... of course, coupled with your instructor and his text. You can ACE Physics using these handy little cartoons; and I'm not kidding! I went from a D+ to a solid A once I found this book! None of that boring, dusty lab equipment they make you use in school... learn the same concepts and be better able to recall them for exams using common household products. Hook up resistors in series with LEMONS??!! YES! Physics is a course in the why and how the everyday physical phenomena takes place. Who ever sees two masses being pulled up a wall and wonders what the friction coeifficient is? NOBODY, I say!! However, one does wonder why dragging a rubber comb through your hair sends you off with Einstein's 'do'. Buy this book! For a mere $12 online your course grade will skyrocket and your appreciation for Physics will swell. Mine has and that's saying a lot!

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