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Overview

This innovative physics textbook intended for science and engineering majors develops classical mechanics from a historical perspective. The presentation of the standard course material includes a discussion of the thought processes of the discoverers and a description of the methods by which they arrived at their theories. However the presentation proceeds logically rather than strictly chronologically, so new concepts are introduced at the natural moment. The book assumes a familiarity with calculus, includes a discussion of rigid body motion, and contains numerous thought-provoking problems. It is largely based in content on The Mechanical Universe: Introduction to Mechanics and Heat, a book designed in conjunction with a tele-course to be offered by PBS in the Fall of 1985. The advanced edition, however, does not coincide exactly with the video lessons, contains additional material, and develops the fundamental ideas introduced in the lower-level edition to a greater degree.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521304320
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Edition description: Advanced ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven C. Frautschi joined the California Institute of Technology faculty in 1962 and became professor emeritus in 2006. His publication list includes 80 research papers on the theory of high energy physics, and the book 'Regge Poles and S- Matrix Theory'. He has served as Master of Student Houses and has won three student teaching awards.

Richard P. Olenick is currently the chair of Department of Physics at University of Dallas. He was Associate Project Director of the PBS Series The Mechanical Universe and Beyond the Mechanical Universe, which accompanied this textbook and its successors. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education for his work in physics education. His current project is C3P, which developed an inquiry-based curriculum for high school physics. In 1995, Dr Olenick was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and in 1997, he was named a Minnie Piper Steven Professor. In 2003, he became the Nancy Cain Marcus and Jeffrey A. Marcus Chair in Science and in 2005 he received the King Award from the University of Dallas, which is the highest honor the University can bestow on a faculty member.

Tom M. Apostol joined the California Institute of Technology faculty in 1950 and is now Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus. He is internationally known for his textbooks on Calculus, Analysis, and Analytic Number Theory, which have been translated into 5 languages, and for creating Project MATHEMATICS!, a series of video programs that bring mathematics to life with computer animation, live action, music, and special effects. The videos have won first-place honors at a dozen international video festivals, and have been translated into Hebrew, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. His list of publications includes 98 research papers, 46 of them published since he retired in 1992. He has received several awards for his research and teaching. In 1978 he was a visiting professor at the University of Patras in Greece, and in 2000 was elected a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, where he delivered his inaugural lecture in Greek.

Dr. David L. Goodstein is Vice Provost and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty for over 35 years. In 1995, he was named the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor. In 1999, Dr Goodstein was awarded the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and in 2000, the John P. McGovern Medal of the Sigma Xi Society. He has served on and chaired numerous scientific and academic panels, including the National Advisory Committee to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology. His books include States of Matter and Feynman's Lost Lecture, written with his wife, Dr. Judith Goodstein. In the 1980s, he was Director and host of The Mechanical Universe television program.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction to the mechanical universe; 2. The law of falling bodies; 3. The language of nature: derivatives and integrals; 4. Inertia; 5. Vectors; 6. Newton's laws and equilibrium; 7. Universal gravitation and circular motion; 8. Forces; 9. Forces in accelerating reference frames; 10. Energy: conservation and conversion; 11. The conservation of momentum; 12. Oscillatory motion; 13. Angular momentum; 14. Rotational dynamics for rigid bodies; 15. Gyroscopes; 16. Kepler's laws and the conic sections; 17. Solving the Kepler problem; 18. Navigating in space; 19. Temperatures and the gas laws; 20. The engine of nature; 21. Entropy; 22. The quest for low temperature; Appendix A. The international system of units; Appendix B. Conversion factors; Appendix C. Formulas from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; Appendix D. Astronomical data; Appendix E. Physical constraints; Selected bibliography; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Sandheart and other rps

    I rped Sandheart in TwilightClan. I was a med-cat until I broke the warrior code and had a mate. I turned to being a warrior and had Desertkit,Forestkit,Lavakit,Wolfkit,Flowerkit,Rosekit,Thornkit,And Flarekit. My was was Firepelt and I also rped Owlfeather who was Sonicdash's mate had Crowkit,Tailkit,And Applekit. I appreciate your time and wa very sad whne TwilightClan died. Also I rped Swiftpaw from WindClan. they have died out too. I also now rp Sandheart at CrowClan. Too bad for you. BYE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Fenne

    YIA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Skyleaf and my other rps

    My first rp was at a clan that has faded i was skypaw my mentor was unactive so i was usally with domino and spy my friends. domino and i crated a party that is left behind ad she went unactive. The rp went unactive after i became skyleaf so me and spy left to goldenclan wher i stay but spy is gone now i wait for him at are book though he has not returned.
    My first human rp was a quest one but it got boring so i went on. I found a club rp got boring and unactive. Then i found fairy tail where i still love rp even if we arenot always active. Fairy tail was the base for soul eater where i also rp now. I went to a fantasy rp but it wouldnt allow elfs or humans or any one of my fantasy creatures so i left. Now im on the hunt for good rps.
    AND ANYONE WHO KNOWS SPY TELL HIM SKYLEAF IS STILL THERE please

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    &star Firelilly The Kind &star

    Never heard of Firelilly? Well you obbiously havent been paying attention. My first ever Rp star, Firelilly was born into iceclan back in 2013. She was adopted by Icestar, and my did she grow quickly. She became a great hunter, survived several battles, and soon, met her futer mate. Bluefur, a kind mate in her futer, had actually volenteered to be her mentor, but she ended up being given to Sweetacho. The day she reached warriorship, she brought Bluefur aside and confessed. They soon became mates. But fate had other plans. On a bloodclan raid, a feirce cat by the name of Vengence took her life as she battled to save the clan. Refusing to die out, Firelilly started to go to other clans, taking poor kits souls to starclan. Some believed this was rekence for her lack of kits. Others just thanked her. Soon, she came across a kit named Orcakit. Instead of taking her life, as she was sent to, she heled her. She patroned the kit for years to come, untill she took her oun Warrior name, Orcalilly. To this day, her lost soul roams in search of her mate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Leafriver, My First RP

    I began rping in December, 2013. When I found out about rp, I just watched people rp, and tried to learn all I could. I had already read all of the warriors books, so I knew the Warrior Code and things like that. One day, an add popped up, saying to join Rainclan. So I did, as a cat named Leafriver. She started out as a warrior, but coulden't bring herself to kill any animal. So she became the Medicince Cat. After healing for a while, the clan was offered to become the fith Pact Clan. The leader, Emberstar, accepted the offer, and they became a part of Opc ( Original pact clans). She only got to go to one gathering and one medicince cat meeting at the Moonpool before her fatal accident. She was buried under a huge landslide. <p> ~Leafriver

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Yia the Lioness

    Yia is a white lioness with green eyes who was born in the Pride of the Fallen. Her siblings disappeared quickly, and she had to find other cbs to play with. Her father, Holdari, mysteriously became absent before she knew him, so when another male, Lorio, showed up and took over the Pride, they became fast friends. She had never known her father at the time, so Lorio was like a second dad to her. Thy lghed, played, and Lorio even told her the story of his mother and how he came to the Pride. Then, when the Pride moved camps, Yia finally met her father. Though he and Lorio both wanted dominance of the Pride, so they ught. Of course, Yia didn't understand the ways of the Pride, so she finally stopped the fight. Holdari ended up winning the battle, but Lorio still remned in te same place in Yia's heart. Then, Yia's mother, Azula, disappeared, and Yia hasn't seen her since. Holdari also disappeared in search of his mate, Yia's cub friends left, and soon enough, it was only her, Lorio, and Roselina. Finly, Lorio left, as well as Roselina, leaving Yia alone with another lioness. Although, that lioness quickly left as well. So, Yia left the Pride when she was still a cub and lived as a loner, fending for herself and learning things alone. When she was two years old, she came back to the Pride in hopes of bringing it back as its new queen. A few lions and lionesses joined, so.e of them quickly disappearing, and after many moons, Lrio and Holdari reappeared. Although, Holdari disappeared once again, and Lorio was killed by a bull wildebeest. Yia has visited his grave ever since. She eventually became very close to one lion in particular and had a litter of cubs. A few moons later, he disappeared too, leaving Yia to care for her cubs alone and the Pride gone. Asha, her adoptive daughter, remained for a while, but followed the same path as everyone else, and the only cub that hadn't disappeared is Funanya. Now, Yia lives in sorrow of her failure, though keeps her daughter close so she doesn't lose everyone she has loved. This is Yia's sad story, and unfortunately, she must live with it until her depart from this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    The Story of Ripplesong

    Ripplesong was my first rp character. Beautiful, and slim, and white with crystalline blue eyes. I had just figured out how to rp when l saw an ad: New Clan: WaterClan. I applied as a medicine cat and soon that was what Ripplesong was.<br>
    Sparklestar, the leader of the clan, was a an 11-year-old girl in real life with atrocious grammar, but a good heart. She became my closest friend on rp. We expanded WaterClan until it became enormous in 2012, before l left rp shortly and came back to find my beloved clan gone in 2013. Sparklestar was gone, never to be seen again. And Ripplesong had grown older.<br>
    Ripplesong sadly left her clan behind and went to WingClan, one of the most active clans that had risen after WaterClan's fall. She became a helper medicine cat to the medicine cat already there. Kits adored her sweet, elderly nature. She passed away soon after that.<br>

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