The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics / Edition 5

The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics / Edition 5

by Gregory L. Baker, James A. Blackburn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199557683

ISBN-13: 9780199557684

Pub. Date: 01/27/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition, coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are

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The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition, coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are also discussed. Secondly, this book treats the physics of the pendulum within a historical and cultural context, showing, for example, that the pendulum has been intimately connected with studies of the earth's density, the earth's motion, and timekeeping. While primarily a physics book, the work provides significant added interest through the use of relevant cultural and historical vignettes. This approach offers an alternative to the usual modern physics courses. The text is amply illustrated and augmented by exercises at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199557684
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Pendulums somewhat simple8
3Pendulums less simple27
4The Foucault pendulum67
5The torsion pendulum96
6The chaotic pendulum120
7Coupled pendulums141
8The quantum pendulum189
9Superconductivity and the pendulum211
10The pendulum clock233
APendulum Q258
BThe inverted pendulum263
CThe double pendulum267
DThe cradle pendulum270
EThe Longnow clock273
FThe Blackburn pendulum275

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