This introductory textbook on experimental physics covers the fields of electrodynamics and optics. It is a new edition of one of the classic textbooks by Robert W. Pohl, written to accompany his famous lecture courses. It served generations of physics and other science majors, not only in his native Germany, and was for many years a standard textbook. Pohl's lucid and memorable style and his consistent use of vivid demonstration experiments made his textbooks unique in their time.
This completely revised and updated modern edition attempts to retain his style and clarity in an up-to-date format. The accompanying videos document the original demonstration experiments and add many modern touches, bringing to life the numerous illustrations in the book and providing an instructive and motivating complement to the text. They are linked to the corresponding topics in the text and can be accessed directly online from the e-book version or downloaded to accompany the print version.
The clear and structured presentation, always based on experimental demonstrations, gives a lively introduction to the main disciplines in classical physics, here electrodynamics and optics. Although this volume is, like its originals, relatively modest in length, the material it covers often exceeds what is expected of an introductory textbook. Thus the book is suitable not only for undergraduate students and their lecturers, but also for more advanced students and generally interested readers, including teachers at all levels.
|Publisher:||Springer International Publishing|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2018|
|Product dimensions:||6.61(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Robert Wichard Pohl(1884 – 1976): Pohl was born in Hamburg, and studied physics inHeidelberg and Berlin, where he completed his doctorate in 1906. He obtained theHabilitation there in 1912 (this is an advanced research degree often required in Germany foran academic career). In 1916, he received the offer of a professorship in Göttingen as thesuccessor to E. Riecke, and was full professor and director of the 1st Physics Institute therefrom 1920 until his retirement in 1952. He published fundamental results in the newly developing2nd edition on also includingthermodynamics; 18th edition 1983, English translation 1932), and “Optik“ in 1941 (from the9th edition on also including atomic physics; 13th edition 1976). Since 1980, the GermanPhysical Society has conferred an annual prize in his name, the “Robert-Wichard-Pohl Prize“for outstanding achievements in teaching and in physics didactics.
Klaus Lüderswas born in 1936 in Cologne, Germany. He studied physics in Göttingen,Munich (LMU), Aachen and Karlsruhe, where he completed his doctorate in 1965. Heobtained the Habilitation in 1972 from the Freie Universität Berlin, and was professor ofexperimental physics at the FU Berlin from 1972. He spent research stays among others atKyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan and at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His areasof specialization include solid-state and low-temperature physics, superconductivity andsuperfluid helium.
Robert Otto Pohlwas born in 1929 in Göttingen, Germany. He studied physics in Göttingen,Freiburg and Erlangen, and received his doctorate there in 1957. He was professor of physicsat Cornell University from 1968, and Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus from 2000. He wasguest professor at the RWTH Aachen, the TH Stuttgart and the University of Canterbury inNew Zealand, among others. His area of specialization is solid-state physics, particularlylattice vibrations in crystalline and amorphous materials.
William Dean Brewerwas born in 1943 in Boise, Idaho, USA. He studied chemistry andmathematics at the University of Oregon and received his PhD in physical chemistry from UCBerkeley in 1970. He obtained the Habilitation at the FU Berlin in 1975 and was professor ofexperimental physics there from 1977. His research areas are low-temperature and nuclearsolid-state physics, and magnetism in thin films and on surfaces. He has translated over adozen textbooks and monographs from German to English.
Table of ContentsI Electricity and Magnetism.- The measurement of electric current and voltage.- The electric field.- Force and energy in electric fields.- The magnetic field.- Induction phenomena.- The relation between electric and magnetic fields.- How the fields depend on the frame of reference.- Forces in magnetic fields.- Applications of induction, in particular to generators and motors.- The inertia of the magnetic field. Alternating current.- Electrical oscillations.- Electromagnetic waves.- Matter in an electric field.- Matter in a magnetic field.- II Optics.- Introduction. Measuring the optical radiant power.- The simplest optical observations.- Image formation and light-beam boundaries.- Fundamental and technical details of image formation and beam limitation.- Radiation energy and beam limitation.- Interference.- Diffraction.- Optical spectrometers.- The velocity of light, and light in moving frames of reference.- Polarized light.- The relation between absorption, reflection and refraction of light.- Scattering.- Dispersion and absorption.- Thermal radiation.- Visual perception and photometry.-Solutions to the Exercises.