The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Science: A Complete Reference Guide to Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780746034859
  • Publisher: EDC Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Series: Illustrated Dictionaries Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.79 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Mechanics and general physics
Atoms and molecules 4
Forces 6
Energy 8
Motion 10
Dynamics 12
Turning forces 14
Periodic motion 16
Gravitation 18
Machines 20
Molecular properties 22
Density 24
Heat
Temperature 26
Transfer of heat 28
Effects of heat transfer 30
Expansion upon heating 32
Behavior of gases 33
Waves
Waves 34
Reflection, refraction and diffraction 36
Wave interference 38
Sound waves 40
Perception of sound 42
Flectromagnetic waves 44
Light 46
Reflection of light 47
Refraction of light 50
Optical instruments 54
Electricity and magnetism
Static electricity 56
Potential and capacitance 58
Electric current 60
Controlling current 62
Semiconductors 65
Electrolysis 66
Cells and batteries 68
Magnets 70
Magnetic fields 72
Electromagnetism 74
Electric meters 77
Electromagnetic induction 78
Cathode rays 80
Atomic and nuclear physics
Atomic structure 82
Atomic and nuclear energy 84
Radioactivity 86
Detecting and measuring radioactivity 88
Uses of radioactivity 91
Nuclear fission and fusion 92
Power from nuclear reactions 94
General physics information
Quantities and units 96
Equations, symbols and graphs 98
Measurements 100
Accuracy and errors 102
Fields and forces 104
Vectors and scalars 108
Numbers 109
Circuit symbols 110
Transistors and gates 111
Properties of substances 112
Useful constants and values 113
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