Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics—and improve her tennis game in the process!
In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis serves. In no time, you'll master tough concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.
You'll also learn how to:
–Apply Newton's three laws of motion to real-life problems
–Determine how objects will move after a collision
–Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry
–Calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases
If you're mystified by the basics of physics or you just need a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physics will get you up to speed in a lively, quirky, and practical way.
About the Author
Hideo Nitta, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physics at Tokyo Gakugei University. He has had many papers and books published by Japanese and overseas publishers on subjects including quantum dynamics and radiation physics. He also has a strong interest in physics education. He is a member of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE), which is a commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).
Table of Contents
Prologue: Does Physics Bother You?
1: Law of Action and Reaction
2: Force and Motion
Appendix: Making Sense of Units
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This thoroughly covers all of the physics of motion in the context of a cute and fun story. It covers Newton's laws of motion, gravity, momentum, inertia, and potential and kinetic energy in an easy-to-understand manner. Note that it covers only the mechanical aspects of physics. It does not cover the physics of harmonic motion, sound, heat, the gas laws, electromagnetic radiation, light, electricity, magnetism, relativity, quantum mechanics, or atomic physics. But some of these are covered in some of the other Manga Guides (particularly the Manga Guide to Electricity.and the Manga Guide to Relativity). I recommend this book for anyone who wants a more complete understanding of physics.
It does not have as much manga as would be expected
What do tennis, roller-blading, baseball, bicycling, roller coasters, the fosbury flop, and nature walks all have in common? Physics! The Manga Guides take complex subjects and explain them within an engaging "manga" (Japanese comic book) illustrated story, to help make your learning fun. The Manga Guide to Physics is a well-indexed, 227-page book, where the lead character, Megumi is upset because, although she does well at tennis, her Physics class isn't going so well. And the pretty Sayaka -- her rival on and off the court, doesn't mind rubbing it in. When she finds Ryota, the science geek at her school, out on the tennis court running some physics experiments, Megumi (call her "Megu") comes up with a plan: maybe if he can help her learn physics better, she can get good enough at tennis to beat Sayaka! Ryota agrees after Megu pretends to be hurt by one of his awkward throws of a tennis ball. She isn't very convincing, so why is he helping her? Are they learning more about the laws of attraction than those covered in a Physics class? Each chapter continues their story as they run various experiments -- which the comic format showcases excellently, in easy-to-understand ways -- while Megu (and you!) learn more about physics. They cover all the various aspects of Newtons Three Laws, including acceleration, inertia, vectors, and momentum, along with kinetic, potential, and mechanical energy, as well as conservation of energy. At the end of each subject, there is a brief summary and extension of the subject covered, with titles like, "Wait a second, what's all this sine and cosine stuff?" Despite the complexities of physics (at least, that's how I remember it from high school), all of these areas are covered quite painlessly in the book. I really enjoyed the book! If you are going to be studying Physics anytime soon, you should definitely order The Manga Guide to Physics quick, and get ahead of everyone else in your class, easily and enjoyably. Plus, it could help with your tennis game, too!
I'm a high school student taking Physics Honors, and so far, I have HATED physics, but this book has actually made the subject seem interesting. I thought it would be completely impossible for something I hated as much as physics to be at all interesting, but this book has done it! The story is comical and entertaining, while still explaining Physics in such a simple way that even I could understand it, finally! My only complaint I have is that there isn't a manga guide to EVERY subject! I highly recommend this book to any physics student who needs to have a good understanding of the basics.