The Manga Guide to Physics

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Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics-and improve her tennis game in the process!

In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, ...
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Overview

Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics-and improve her tennis game in the process!

In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis serves. In no time, you'll master tough concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Apply Newton's three laws of motion to real-life problems
  • Determine how objects will move after a collision
  • Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry
  • Calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases

If you're mystified by the basics of physics or you just need a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physics will get you up to speed in a lively, quirky, and practical way.

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VOYA - Sarah Flowers
Megumi is a great tennis player but not so great at physics. Fortunately, Ryota, the stereotypical geek with a crush on Megumi, offers to help her with physics concepts. Using things Megumi already understands, like tennis and rollerblading, Ryota covers the basics of physics, including action and reaction, force and motion, momentum, and energy. Each concept is presented in graphic format and followed by several pages of text summary, with diagrams as needed. This book is unlikely to stand alone as an introduction to physics, but it could be very useful as a review of concepts or as a supplement to a high-school physics course. The examples, mainly using sports, help to illustrate the concepts in a way that is appealing and practical. Reviewer: Sarah Flowers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593271961
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Manga Guide to Science Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 271,893
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hideo Nitta, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physics at Tokyo Gakugei University. He has had many papers and books published by Japanese and overseas publishers on subjects including quantum dynamics and radiation physics. He also has a strong interest in physics education. He is a member of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE), which is a commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).

Trend Pro, Inc. is a pioneer of Ad-Manga—advertisement and advertising using Manga—in Japan. The company has produced over 1,700 Ad-Manga for over 700 clients, including many well-known public companies and government agencies. The company has over 100 registered professional Manga artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Interesting

    It does not have as much manga as would be expected

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Fun way to learn Physics!

    What do tennis, roller-blading, baseball, bicycling, roller coasters, the fosbury flop, and nature walks all have in common? Physics! The Manga Guides take complex subjects and explain them within an engaging "manga" (Japanese comic book) illustrated story, to help make your learning fun. The Manga Guide to Physics is a well-indexed, 227-page book, where the lead character, Megumi is upset because, although she does well at tennis, her Physics class isn't going so well. And the pretty Sayaka -- her rival on and off the court, doesn't mind rubbing it in. When she finds Ryota, the science geek at her school, out on the tennis court running some physics experiments, Megumi (call her "Megu") comes up with a plan: maybe if he can help her learn physics better, she can get good enough at tennis to beat Sayaka! Ryota agrees after Megu pretends to be hurt by one of his awkward throws of a tennis ball. She isn't very convincing, so why is he helping her? Are they learning more about the laws of attraction than those covered in a Physics class? Each chapter continues their story as they run various experiments -- which the comic format showcases excellently, in easy-to-understand ways -- while Megu (and you!) learn more about physics. They cover all the various aspects of Newtons Three Laws, including acceleration, inertia, vectors, and momentum, along with kinetic, potential, and mechanical energy, as well as conservation of energy. At the end of each subject, there is a brief summary and extension of the subject covered, with titles like, "Wait a second, what's all this sine and cosine stuff?" Despite the complexities of physics (at least, that's how I remember it from high school), all of these areas are covered quite painlessly in the book. I really enjoyed the book! If you are going to be studying Physics anytime soon, you should definitely order The Manga Guide to Physics quick, and get ahead of everyone else in your class, easily and enjoyably. Plus, it could help with your tennis game, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2009

    Best way to learn Physics EVER.

    I'm a high school student taking Physics Honors, and so far, I have HATED physics, but this book has actually made the subject seem interesting. I thought it would be completely impossible for something I hated as much as physics to be at all interesting, but this book has done it! The story is comical and entertaining, while still explaining Physics in such a simple way that even I could understand it, finally! My only complaint I have is that there isn't a manga guide to EVERY subject! I highly recommend this book to any physics student who needs to have a good understanding of the basics.

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