Physics I Workbook For Dummies

Physics I Workbook For Dummies

by Steven Holzner


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Unleash your inner Einstein and score higher in physics

Do you have a handle on basic physics terms and concepts, but your problem-solving skills could use some static friction? Physics I Workbook For Dummies helps you build upon what you already know to learn how to solve the most common physics problems with confidence and ease.

Physics I Workbook For Dummies gets the ball rolling with a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of physics (i.e. converting measure, counting signification figures, applying math skills to physics problems, etc.) before getting in the nitty gritty. If you're already a pro you can skip this section and jump right into the practice problems. There, you'll get the lowdown on how to take your problem-solving skills to a whole new plane—without ever feeling like you've been left spiraling down a black hole.

  • Easy-to-follow instructions and practical tips
  • Complete answer explanations are included so you can see where you went wrong (or right)
  • Covers the ten most common mistakes people make when solving practice physics problems

When push comes to shove, this friendly guide is just what you need to set your physics problem-solving skills in motion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118825778
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 210,746
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steven Holzner, PhD, was an educator and contributing editor at PC Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Physics 3

Chapter 1: Reviewing Physics Basics 5

Chapter 2: The Big Three: Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration 23

Chapter 3: Vectors: Knowing Where You’re Headed 39

Part II: May the Forces Be with You 57

Chapter 4: Applying Force 59

Chapter 5: Working with Inclined Planes 77

Chapter 6: Round and Round: Circular Motion 95

Part III: Being Energetic: Work 115

Chapter 7: Working the Physics Way 117

Chapter 8: Getting Things to Move: Momentum and Kinetic Energy 139

Chapter 9: Winding It Up: Rotational Motion and Torque 159

Chapter 10: Getting Dizzy with Rotational Dynamics 175

Chapter 11: Simple Harmonic Motion 193

Part IV: Obeying the Laws of Thermodynamics 211

Chapter 12: You’re Getting Warm: Thermodynamics 213

Chapter 13: Under Pressure: From Solid to Liquid to Gas 229

Chapter 14: All about Heat and Work 247

Part V: Zap: Electricity 267

Chapter 15: Static Electricity: Electrons at Rest 269

Chapter 16: Electrons in Motion: Circuits 289

Part VI: The Part of Tens 309

Chapter 17: Ten Common Mistakes People Make When Solving Problems 311

Chapter 18: Ten Online Physics Tutorials and Resources 315

Index 317

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