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The fun and easy way to get up to speed on the basic concepts of physics
For high school and undergraduate students alike, physics classes are recommended or required courses for a wide variety of majors, and continue to be a challenging and often confusing course.
Physics I For Dummies tracks specifically to an introductory course and, keeping with the traditionally easy-to-follow Dummies style, teaches you the basic principles and formulas in a clear and concise manner, proving that you don't have to be Einstein to understand physics!
- Explains the basic principles in a simple, clear, and entertaining fashion
- New edition includes updated examples and explanations, as well as the newest discoveries in the field
- Contains the newest teaching techniques
If just thinking about the laws of physics makes your head spin, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you out of the black hole and sheds light on this often-intimidating subject.
About the Author
Steven Holzner, PhD, was a contributing editor at PC Magazine and was on the faculty of both MIT and Cornell University. He wrote Physics II For Dummies, Physics Essentials For Dummies, and Quantum Physics For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Putting Physics into Motion 5
CHAPTER 1: Using Physics to Understand Your World 7
CHAPTER 2: Reviewing Physics Measurement and Math Fundamentals 15
CHAPTER 3: Exploring the Need for Speed 27
CHAPTER 4: Following Directions: Motion in Two Dimensions 51
Part 2: May the Forces of Physics Be with You 77
CHAPTER 5: When Push Comes to Shove: Force 79
CHAPTER 6: Getting Down with Gravity, Inclined Planes, and Friction 99
CHAPTER 7: Circling around Rotational Motion and Orbits 117
CHAPTER 8: Go with the Flow: Looking at Pressure in Fluids 139
Part 3: Manifesting the Energy to Work 163
CHAPTER 9: Getting Some Work Out of Physics 165
CHAPTER 10: Putting Objects in Motion: Momentum and Impulse 189
CHAPTER 11: Winding Up with Angular Kinetics 209
CHAPTER 12: Round and Round with Rotational Dynamics 235
CHAPTER 13: Springs ’n’ Things: Simple Harmonic Motion 253
Part 4: Laying Down the Laws of Thermodynamics 271
CHAPTER 14: Turning Up the Heat with Thermodynamics 273
CHAPTER 15: Here, Take My Coat: How Heat Is Transferred 289
CHAPTER 16: In the Best of All Possible Worlds: The Ideal Gas Law 305
CHAPTER 17: Heat and Work: The Laws of Thermodynamics 317
Part 5: The Part of Tens 347
CHAPTER 18: Ten Physics Heroes 349
CHAPTER 19: Ten Wild Physics Theories 355
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you purchase the "e-version" for your reader, the formulas are so small that you can't see them. The information was a good foundation for physics, and I would recommend the book. The e-version is lacking without being able to see the formulas.
I bought the paperback versions of "Physics 1 for Dummies" and "Physics 2 for Dummies" to brush up on 1st year college physics to help my son prepare for the AP exams. These are much better books than the "AP Physics B Crash Course" -- far fewer mistakes in the text and equations, much clearer explanations of the material, and a writing style that points out that physics can be both fun and interesting.
The book is a good start to study physics but the formulas are so small they are unreadable even if the font is enlarged to the maximum