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Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics / Edition 1
     

Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics / Edition 1

by James Trefil
 

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ISBN-10: 0471150584

ISBN-13: 9780471150589

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

From amusement park rides to critical environmental issues such as energy generation-physics affects almost every aspect of our world. In PHYSICS MATTERS, James Trefil and Robert Hazen examine the fundamental physics principles at work behind the many practical applications that fuel our society and individual lives. Their goal is to promote a deeper understanding of

Overview

From amusement park rides to critical environmental issues such as energy generation-physics affects almost every aspect of our world. In PHYSICS MATTERS, James Trefil and Robert Hazen examine the fundamental physics principles at work behind the many practical applications that fuel our society and individual lives. Their goal is to promote a deeper understanding of how the great ideas of physics connect to form a much larger understanding of the universe in which we live.

Highlights

  • Helps readers build a general knowledge of key ideas in physics and their connection to technology and other areas of science.
  • Promotes an appreciation of what science is, how scientific knowledge is developed, and how it differs from other intellectual activities.
  • Examines modern technologies, including GPS, the Internet, and information technologies, as well as medical technologies, such as MRI, PET scans, CAT scans, and radioisotope tracers.
  • Explores key issues facing the world today, such as global warning, nuclear waste, and government funding for research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471150589
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
307,541
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.18(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION.

1. Science: A Way of Knowing.

2. The Language of Science.

PART II. MECHANICS AND ENERGY.

3. Motions in the Universe.

4. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion.

5. The Law of Universal Gravitation.

6. Conservation of Linear Momentum.

7. Rotational Motion of an Object.

8. Kinetic and Potential Energy.

PART III. MATTER, ENERGY, AND THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS.

9. Atomic Structure and Phases of Matter.

10. Properties of Matter.

11. Heat and Temperature.

12. The First Law of Thermodynamics.

13. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

PART IV. WAVES.

14. Vibrations and Waves.

15. Sound.

PART V. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM.

16. Electric and Magnetic Forces.

17. Electromagnetic Interactions.

18. Electric Circuits.

19. The Electromagnet ic Spectrum.

20. Classical and Modern Optics.

PART VI. THE ATOM.

21. Atomic Structure and Interactions.

22. Quantum Mechanics.

23. Chemical Bonds and Physical Properties.

24. Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials.

25. Semiconductor Devices and Information Technology.

PART VII. THE NUCLEUS AND ELEMENTARY PARTICLES.

26. The Nucleus of The Atom.

27. The Ultimate Structure of Matter.

PART VIII. RELATIVITY AND COSMOLOGY.

28. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity.

29. Cosmology.

Appendix A: Units and Numbers.

Appendix B: Selected Physical Constants.

Appendix C: Periodic Table and Atomic Weights.

Glossary.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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