Physics Demystified : A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

Physics Demystified : A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 1

by Stan Gibilisco, Gibilisco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071382011

ISBN-13: 9780071382014

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Now anyone with an interest in the physical sciences can master physics -- without formal training or drowning in a sea of complicated formulas and equations. In Physics Demystified best-selling author Stan Gibilisco offers a fun, effective, and totally painless way to learn the fundamentals and general concepts of physics. With Physics Demystified you master the…  See more details below

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Now anyone with an interest in the physical sciences can master physics -- without formal training or drowning in a sea of complicated formulas and equations. In Physics Demystified best-selling author Stan Gibilisco offers a fun, effective, and totally painless way to learn the fundamentals and general concepts of physics. With Physics Demystified you master the subject one simple step at a time -- at your own speed. Unlike most books on physics, general principles are presented first -- and the details follow. In order to make the learning process as clear and simple as possible, heavy-duty math, formulas, and equations are kept to a minimum. This unique self-teaching guide offers questions at the end of each chapter and section to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 100-question final exam to reinforce the entire book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071382014
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Demystified Series
Pages:
599
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 0A Review of Mathematics
Chapter 1Equations, Formulas, and Vectors3
Notation3
One-Variable First-Order Equations9
One-Variable Second-Order Equations12
One-Variable Higher-Order Equations18
Vector Arithmetic20
Some Laws for Vectors23
Chapter 2Scientific Notation29
Subscripts and Superscripts29
Power-of-10 Notation31
Rules for Use35
Approximation, Error, and Precedence40
Significant Figures44
Chapter 3Graphing Schemes49
Rectangular Coordinates49
The Polar Plane62
Other Systems64
Chapter 4Basics of Geometry77
Fundamental Rules77
Triangles86
Quadrilaterals92
Circles and Ellipses101
Surface Area and Volume103
Chapter 5Logarithms, Exponentials, and Trigonometry113
Logarithms113
Trigonometric Functions124
Trigonometric Identities127
Test: Part Zero133
Part 1Classical Physics
Chapter 6Units and Constants147
Systems of Units147
Base Units in SI148
Other Units154
Prefix Multipliers158
Constants160
Unit Conversions165
Chapter 7Mass, Force, and Motion171
Mass171
Force175
Displacement176
Speed178
Velocity181
Acceleration183
Newton's Laws of Motion188
Chapter 8Momentum, Work, Energy, and Power193
Momentum193
Collisions196
Work202
Energy204
Power209
Chapter 9Particles of Matter217
Early Theories217
The Nucleus219
Outside the Nucleus227
Energy from Matter230
Compounds234
Chapter 10Basic States of Matter241
The Solid Phase242
The Liquid Phase251
The Gaseous Phase258
Chapter 11Temperature, Pressure, and Changes of State265
What Is Heat?265
Temperature269
Some Effects of Temperature275
Temperature and States of Matter278
Test: Part One285
Part 2Electricity, Magnetism, and Electronics
Chapter 12Direct Current297
What Does Electricity Do?297
Electrical Diagrams303
Voltage/Current/Resistance Circuits305
How Resistances Combine310
Kirchhoff's Laws318
Chapter 13Alternating Current323
Definition of Alternating Current323
Waveforms325
Fractions of a Cycle329
Amplitude332
Phase Angle336
Chapter 14Magnetism345
Geomagnetism345
Magnetic Force347
Magnetic Field Strength351
Electromagnets354
Magnetic Materials357
Magnetic Machines361
Magnetic Data Storage366
Chapter 15More About Alternating Current371
Inductance371
Inductive Reactance375
Capacitance380
Capacitive Reactance384
RLC Impedance390
Chapter 16Semiconductors397
The Diode397
The Bipolar Transistor405
Current Amplification410
The Field-Effect Transistor412
Voltage Amplification414
The MOSFET417
Integrated Circuits421
Test: Part Two425
Part 3Waves, Particles, Space, and Time
Chapter 17Wave Phenomena437
Intangible Waves438
Fundamental Properties440
Wave Interaction448
Wave Mysteries455
Particle or Wave?459
Chapter 18Forms of Radiation467
EM Fields467
ELF Fields472
Rf Waves474
Beyond the Radio Spectrum481
Radioactivity490
Chapter 19Optics499
Behavior of Light499
Lenses and Mirrors507
Refracting Telescopes512
Reflecting Telescopes515
Telescope Specifications517
The Compound Microscope521
Chapter 20Relativity Theory529
Simultaneity529
Time Dilation534
Spatial Distortion539
Mass Distortion541
General Relativity544
Test: Part Three557
Final Exam567
Answers to Quiz, Test, and Exam Questions585
Suggested Additional References593
Index595

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