by Vern J. Ostdiek, Donald J. Bord



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780538797511
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/2011

About the Author

Vern Ostdiek is an Associate Professor at Benedictine College, where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to teaching courses in physics, mathematics, and computer science, he oversees the Computer Discovery Lab. Vern was named Benedictine College's Educator of the Year in 1999. His research interests are currently centered on the nocturnal dynamics of the lower part of the Earth's atmosphere. Past research topics include noctilucent clouds and frontal zones.

Don Bord is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. Prior to that, he taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where his collaboration with Vern Ostdiek led to the development and publication of INQUIRY INTO PHYSICS, now to appear in its Sixth Edition. Don has an abiding interest in physics and astronomy education, particularly as it pertains to laboratory instruction, and he has published several articles in "The American Journal of Physics," "The Physics Teacher," and "Sky and Telescope" in this area. He was also co-editor, with Clint Sprott, of the first edition of GREAT IDEAS FOR TEACHING PHYSICS. Don's research focuses on determining the abundance of heavy and rare-earth elements in chemically peculiar stars and the Sun using high-resolution spectra. To support this effort, he has also performed ab initio atomic structure calculations to determine energy levels, oscillator strengths and partition functions for many of the ions of interest. This work has involved collaborators from around the world, but particularly at the European Southern Observatory and the University ofLund in Sweden, as well as UM-Dearborn undergraduates, and has appeared in such as "Physica Scripta," "Astronomy and Astrophysics," and "Solar Physics." Don has also been active in campus administration, having served as department chair, associate dean for planning and faculty development, and interim dean of the College. He was recently named the first recipient of the University of Michigan Jackie Lawson Award for his contributions in the area of faculty governance.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Motion.
2. Newton's Laws.
3. Energy and Conservation Laws.
4. Physics of Matter.
5. Temperature and Heat.
6. Waves and Sound.
7. Electricity.
8. Electromagnetism and EM Waves.
9. Optics.
10. Atomic Physics.
11. Nuclear Physics.
12. Special Relativity and Elementary Particles.

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