Discovering Atoms

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VOYA - Mandy R. Simon
The Scientist's Guide to Physics includes five books introducing the historical context of very complex topics: thermodynamics, the construct of time, the atom, the nature of energy, and the speed of light. Each guide includes a time line, further reading, a glossary, and colorful photographs and illustrations. The writing is conversational and easy to comprehend given the complexity of the topics. Discovering the Speed of Light uncovers the earliest study of the speed of light, around 550 BCE in classical Greece. From classical Greece to Galileo and later Albert Einstein, this title also details the history of the discovery of light speed measurement and theories. In Discovering Atoms, readers are introduced to the first studies of matter. Campbell includes a solid chronological foundation upon which the discovery of elements and the creation of the periodic table build up to the discovery of the atom, atomic rays, particles, models, quantum physics, and subatomic particles. These titles are an engaging and informative introduction to the history of discovery in physics. The conclusion of each book notes that many questions on these subjects still remain and suggests questions for further investigation. Middle school students and high school students needing information to supplement their readings and reports for physics projects will find this series helpful. (The Scientist's Guide to Physics) Reviewer: Mandy R. Simon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448847006
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Series: Scientist's Guide to Physics Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: NC1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter1 Ancient Theories of Matter 8

Chapter 2 Moving Beyond Alchemy Toward Chemistry 17

Chapter 3 Discovering Chemical Laws and Properties 29

Chapter 4 Atomic Rays, Particles, and Radiation 46

Chapter 5 Building a Better Atomic Model 58

Chapter6 Quantum Physics and the Discovery of New Subatomic Particles 75

Timeline 89

Glossary 96

For More Information 101

For Further Reading 106

Index 108

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