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Overview

The new INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, Fourth Edition maintains the perfect balance of quantitative and conceptual material by carefully incorporating problem solving into a discernible conceptual framework. The text integrates simple mathematics so students can see the practicality of physics and have means of testing its validity. Throughout the text, Ostdiek and Bord emphasize the relevance of physics to our daily lives. Students will find applied examples throughout the chapters, such as music synthesizers, liquid mirror telescopes, and nuclear-powered spacecraft. The text also periodically reviews the historical development of physics, material that has proven popular with liberal-arts majors using earlier editions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534373108
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560

Meet the Author

Vern Ostdiek was an Associate Professor at Benedictine College, where he had a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to teaching courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science, he oversaw the Computer Discovery Lab. Vern was named Benedictine College's Educator of the Year in 1999. His research interests centered on the nocturnal dynamics of the lower part of the Earth's atmosphere. Past research topics include noctilucent clouds and frontal zones.

Don Bord is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Prior to his appointment ay UMD in 1984, he taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, where his collaboration with Vern Ostdiek led to the development and publication of INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, now to appear in its 7th Edition. Don has an abiding interest in physics and astronomy education, particularly as it pertains to laboratory instruction, and he has published several articles in The American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, and Sky and Telescope in this area. He was also co-editor, with Clint Sprott, of the first edition of Great Ideas for Teaching Physics. Don's research focuses on determining the abundance of heavy and rare-earth elements in chemically peculiar stars and the Sun using high-resolution spectra. To support this effort, he has also performed ab initio atomic structure calculations to determine energy levels, oscillator strengths, and partition functions for many of the ions of interest. This work has involved collaborators from around the world, particularly those at the European Southern Observatory and the University of Vienna, as well as UMD undergraduates, and it has appeared in such journals as Physica Scripta, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Solar Physics. He has been a recent participant in a reverberation mapping project lead by colleagues at The Ohio State University to establish black hole masses in active galactic nuclei. Don has also been active in campus administration, having served as department chair, associate dean for planning and faculty development, and interim dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. In 2008, he was named Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMD, and currently serves as Associate Provost. He was the first recipient of the University of Michigan's Jacqueline Lawson Award for his contributions in the area of faculty governance.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE / STUDY SKILLS 1. THE STUDY OF MOTION Prologue: Drag Racing / Introduction / Physical Quantities: The Vocabulary of Physics / Speed and Velocity / Acceleration / Simple Types of Motion / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 2. NEWTON''S LAWS Prologue: Future Impact? / Force / Newton's First Law of Motion / Mass / Newton's Second Law of Motion / The International System of Units (SI) / Examples: Different Forces, Different Motions / Newton's Third Law of Motion / The Space Shuttle: Newton's Laws of a Grand Scale / The Law of Universal Gravitation / Tides / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 3. ENERGY AND CONSERVATION LAWS Prologue: Big Machines-Small Particles / Conservation Laws / Linear Momentum / Work: The Key to Energy / Energy / The Conservation of Energy / Collisions: An Energy Point of View / Power / Rotation and Angular Momentum / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 4. PHYSICS OF MATTER Prologue: Lake Nyos Tragedy / Matter: Phases, Forms, and Forces / Pressure / Density / Fluid Pressure and Gravity / Archimedes'' Principles / Pascal's Principle / Bernoulli's Principle / Historical Notes / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 5. TEMPERATURE AND HEAT Prologue: Solar Energy / Temperature / Thermal Expansion / The First Law of Thermodynamics / Heat Transfer / Specific Heat Capacity / Phase Transitions / Heat Engines and the Second Law of Thermodynamics / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 6. WAVES AND SOUND Prologue: Sound Medicine / Waves-Types and Properties / Aspects of Wave Propagation / Sound / Production of Sound / Propagation of Sound / Perception of Sound / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 7. ELECTRICITY Prologue: The Age of the Semiconductor / Electric Charge / Electric Force and Coulomb's Law / Electric Currents - Superconductivity / Electric Circuits and Ohm's Law / Power and Energy in Electric Currents / AC and DC / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 8. ELECTROMAGNETISM AND EM WAVES Prologue: MRI / Magnetism / Interactions between Electricity and Magnetism / Principles of Electromagnetism / Applications to Sound Reproduction / Electromagnetic Waves / Blackbody Radiation / EM Waves and the Earth's Atmosphere / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 9. OPTICS Prologue: HST / Light Waves / Mirrors: Plane and Not So Simple / Refraction / Lenses and Images / The Human Eye / Dispersion and Color / Atmospheric Optics: Rainbows, Halos, Blue Sky / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 10. ATOMIC PHYSICS Prologue: Plowshares, Not Swords / The Quantum Hypothesis / The Photoelectric Effect and Photons / Atomic Spectra / The Bohr Model of the Atom / Quantum Mechanics / Atomic Structure / X-Ray Spectra / Lasers / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 11. NUCLEAR PHYSICS Prologue: Nuclear Power in Space / The Nucleus / Radioactivity / Half-Life / Artificial Nuclear Reactions / Nuclear Binding Energy / Nuclear Fission / Nuclear Fusion / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings 12. SPECIAL RELATIVITY AND ELEMENTARY PARTICLES Prologue: Nu's Headlines / Special Relativity: The Physics of High Velocity / Forces and Particles / Conservation Laws, Revisited / Quarks: Order Out of Chaos / Unification of Forces: The Electroweak Interaction and GUTs (Optional) / Summary / Summary of Important Equations / Mapping It Out! / Questions / Problems / Challenges / Suggested Readings / EPILOGUE / Suggested Readings / APPENDIXES / A. Winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics / B. Math Review / C. Answers / GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS AND LAWS / CREDITS / INDEX / TABLE OF CONVERSION FACTORS AND OTHER INFORMATION / PERIODIC TABLE

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