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Introduction to the Physics of Fluids and Solids

Introduction to the Physics of Fluids and Solids

by James S. Trefil


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Written by a well-known science author, this introductory text explores the physics of solids and the field of hydrodynamics. It focuses on modern applications, rather than mathematical formalism, with particular emphasis on geophysics, astrophysics, and medical physics. Suitable for a one-semester course, it is geared toward advanced undergraduate physics students and graduate science students. It also serves as a helpful reference for professional astronomers, chemists, and engineers.
Geophysical topics include the circulation of the atmosphere, vibrations of the earth, and underground nuclear tests. Subjects related to medicine include the urinary system and blood flow, and miscellaneous topics of interest include tides, Saturn's rings, the rotation of the galaxy, and nuclear fission. Each chapter offers many vivid examples of current interest, along with 10 to 15 problems that amplify the text and apply its teachings to new situations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486474373
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 04/21/2010
Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Principles of Fluid Mechanics
2. Fluids in Astrophysics
3. The Idea of Stability
4. Fluids in Motion
5. Waves in Fluids
6. The Theory of the Tides
7. Oscillations of Fluid Spheres: Vibrations of the Earth and Nuclear Fission
8. Viscosity in Fluids
9. The Flow of Viscous Fluids
10. Heat, Thermal Convection, and the Circulation of the Atmosphere
11. General Properties of Solids -- Statics
12. General properties of Solids
13. Applications of Seismology: Structure of the Earthg and Underground Nuclear Explosions
14. Applications to Medicine: Flow of the Bl;ood and the Urinary Drop Spectrometer

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