The Handy Physics Answer Book / Edition 2

The Handy Physics Answer Book / Edition 2

by Paul W Zitzewitz
     
 


Eschewing the usual mathematical explanations for physics phenomena, this approachable reference explains complicated scientific concepts in plain English that everyone can understand. Tackling the big issues such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and what really happens in the Large Hadron Collider, this engaging look at physics also spells out why cats always land… See more details below

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Eschewing the usual mathematical explanations for physics phenomena, this approachable reference explains complicated scientific concepts in plain English that everyone can understand. Tackling the big issues such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and what really happens in the Large Hadron Collider, this engaging look at physics also spells out why cats always land on their feet, why people appear to have red eyes in photographs, and the real danger of looking at an eclipse.

For everyone who ever wondered how a light bulb works or how squirrels avoid electrocution on the power lines, this handbook supplies answers on the physics of everyday life and examines the developments in the exploration of subatomic particles. In addition to the question-and-answer section, an addendum of facts about physicists explains what the Nobel prize is and who has won it, and tells the story of the scientist who was incarcerated for agreeing with Copernicus.

Answers more than eight hundred questions about physics, ranging from everyday life applications to the latest explorations in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578593057
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
The Handy Answer Book Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Pages:
450
Sales rank:
749,189
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Paul W. Zitzewitz, PhD, taught physics at the University of Michigan–Dearborn for more than 35 years and has been honored as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in physics education. He is the author of the high school physics textbook Physics: Principles and Problems. He lives in Northville, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Bibliography 323

Symbols 327

Glossary 331

Index 359

The Basics 1

Measurement

Careers in Physics

Famous Physicists

The Nobel Prize

Motion and its Causes 25

Force and Newton's Laws of Motion

Momentum and Energy 55

Momentum

Energy

Statics 83

Center of Gravity

Statics

Bridges and Other "Static" Structures

Fluids 95

Water Pressure

Blood Pressure

Atmospheric Pressure

Sinking and Floating: Buoyancy

Fluid Dynamics: Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Aerodynamics

The Sound Barrier

Supersonic Flight

Thermal Physics 117

Thermal Energy

Temperature and Its Measurement

Absolute Zero

States of Matter

Heat

Thermodynamics

Waves 137

Water Waves

Electromagnetic Waves

Communicating with Electromagnetic Waves

Putting Information on Electromagnetic Waves

Microwaves

The Principle of Superposition

Resonance

Impedance

The Doppler Effect

Radar

NEXRAD Doppler Radar

Radio Astronomy

Sound 165

Speed of Sound

Hearing

Ultrasonics and Infrasonics

Intensity of Sound

Acoustics

Musical Acoustics

Noise Pollution

Light 187

The Speed of Light

Polarization of Light

Opaque, Transparent, and Translucent Materials

Shadows

Reflection

Mirrors

Refraction

Lenses

Fiber Optics

Diffraction and Interference

Color

Rainbows

Eyesight

Cameras

Telescopes

Electricity 231

Leyden Jars and Capacitors

Van de Graaf Generators

Lightning

Safety Precautions

Current Electricity

Resistance

Superconductors

Ohm's Law

Electric Power and Its Uses

Circuits

AC/DC

Series/Parallel Circuits

Electrical Outlets

Magnetism 261

Electromagnetism

Electromagnetic Technology

Magnetic Fields in Space

What is the World Made of? 273

At the Heart of the Atom 289

Unanswered Questions 309

Beyond the Proton and Neutron

Entanglement, Teleportation, and Quantum Computing

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