Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down: Zen and the Art of Physics Demonstrations

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Robert Ehrlich recognizes that physics is often perceived as being highly abstract, user-unfriendly, and remote from everyday life. However, he has spent much of his career disproving these stereotypes. In the latest of his provocatively titled books, he provides a collection of simple physics demonstrations and experiments that will be extraordinarily useful to teachers and extremely instructive to students. Intentionally using "low tech" and inexpensive materials from everyday life, Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down humanizes key principles of physics.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
An outstanding new book of physics demonstrations.
Science News
If you find the task of illustrating and humanizing the fundamental principles of the physical world daunting, Ehrlich offers a series of [100] easy 'demos' that are virtually foolproof and well described.
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"An outstanding new book of physics demonstrations."Washington Post

"If you find the task of illustrating and humanizing the fundamental principles of the physical world daunting, Ehrlich offers a series of [100] easy 'demos' that are virtually foolproof and well described."Science News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691028873
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/1997
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 How to Design Simple Physics Demos 3
2 Newton's Laws 22
3 Statics, Equilibrium, and Accelerometers 43
4 Orbital Motion and Angular Momentum 64
5 Conservation of Momentum and Energy 81
6 Fluids 100
7 Thermodynamics 113
8 Mechanical Oscillations and Waves 121
9 Electricity and Magnetism 146
10 Optics 157
11 Interference and Diffraction 171
12 Modern Physics 179
Bibliography 193
Index 195
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