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Does just thinking about the laws of motion make your head spin? Does studying electricity short your circuits? Do the complexities of thermodynamics cool your enthusiasm?

Thanks to this book, you don’t have to be Einstein to understand physics. As you read about Newton’s Laws, Kepler’s Laws, Hooke’s Law, Ohm’s Law, and others, you’ll appreciate the For Dummies law: The easier we make it, the faster people understand it and the more they enjoy it! Whether you’re taking a class, ...

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Overview

Does just thinking about the laws of motion make your head spin? Does studying electricity short your circuits? Do the complexities of thermodynamics cool your enthusiasm?

Thanks to this book, you don’t have to be Einstein to understand physics. As you read about Newton’s Laws, Kepler’s Laws, Hooke’s Law, Ohm’s Law, and others, you’ll appreciate the For Dummies law: The easier we make it, the faster people understand it and the more they enjoy it! Whether you’re taking a class, helping kids with homework, or trying to find out how the world works, this book helps you understand basic physics. It covers:

  • Measurements, units, and significant figures
  • Forces such as displacement, speed, and acceleration
  • Vectors and physics notation
  • Motion, energy, and waves (sound, light, wave-particle)
  • Solids, liquids, and gases
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Relativity
  • Atomic and nuclear structures

Steven Holzner, Ph.D. earned his B.S. at MIT and his Ph.D. at Cornell, where he taught Physics 101 and 102 for over 10 years. He livens things up with cool physics facts, real-world examples, and simple experiments that will heighten your enthusiasm for physics and science. The book ends with some out-of-this world physics that will set your mind in motion:

  • The possibility of wormholes in space
  • The Big Bang
  • How the gravitational pull of black holes is too strong for even light to escape

May the Force be with you!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764554339
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of 94 books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 18 languages. He served on the Physics faculty at Cornell University for more than a decade, teaching both Physics 101 and Physics 102. Dr. Holzner received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell and performed his undergrad work at MIT, where he has also served as a faculty member.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Putting Physics into Motion.

Chapter 1: Using Physics to Understand Your World.

Chapter 2: Understanding Physics Fundamentals.

Chapter 3: Exploring the Need for Speed.

Chapter 4: Following Directions: Which Way Are You Going?

Part II: May the Forces of Physics Be with You.

Chapter 5: When Push Comes to Shove: Force.

Chapter 6: What a Drag: Inclined Planes and Friction.

Chapter 7: Circling around Circular Motions and Orbits.

Part III: Manifesting the Energy to Work.

Chapter 8: Getting Some Work out of Physics.

Chapter 9: Putting Objects in Motion: Momentum and Impulse.

Chapter 10: Winding Up with Angular Kinetics.

Chapter 11: Round and Round with Rotational Dynamics.

Chapter 12: Springs-n-Things: Simple Harmonic Motion.

Part IV: Laying Down the Laws of Thermodynamics.

Chapter 13: Turning Up the Heat with Thermodynamics.

Chapter 14: Here, Take My Coat: Heat Transfer in Solids and Gases.

Chapter 15: When Heat and Work Collide: The Laws of Thermodynamics.

Part V: Getting a Charge out of Electricity and Magnetism.

Chapter 16: Zapping Away with Static Electricity.

Chapter 17: Giving Electrons a Push with Circuits.

Chapter 18: Magnetism: More than Attraction.

Chapter 19: Keeping the Current Going with Voltage.

Chapter 20: Shedding Some Light on Mirrors and Lenses.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Amazing Insights on Relativity.

Chapter 22: Ten Wild Physics Theories.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    Makes physics simple!

    I'm a freshman in college, and 3 weeks into the semester I had no idea what was going on in physics class. I decided to buy this book and, lo and behold, physics became very simple for me. I even wanted to read the book, as opposed to the professor's notes and the college physics book, which put me to sleep! Definitely worth buying this book if you need help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    General Physics

    Really good for basic review concepts. I read this before the textbook so that it makes more sense. My course is calculus based, so I just use it for the concepts. Math is simple and straight forward. If you like the dummies series, you'll like this. If the dummies series doesn't work for you, you wont like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    Reading the unpublished copy of 'Physics For Dummies'

    I was fortunate enough to know the author, Kimberly Zimmermann, of 'Physics For Dummies,' and read an unedited copy of her book. The book helped me a great deal in my freshman physic's class; giving me an indepth understanding of the concepts behind the equations we were bombarted with in class. What was especially useful was how the book followed the table of contents of my Holiday and Resnick text used in my class. I want to order the book, but the author warned me that the book I may receive in the mail (some day) may, in fact, be somebody else's book with an entirely different format and style. So for now, my wife and I will just read her xeroxed version she printed for us to help us in our studies. When will the book be available with a definate author's name? Even though my wife and I are finished with the course we would still very much like to purchase a copy of Kimberly Zimmermann's book as a reference guide in our library.

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