Physics for Scientists and Engineers

ISBN-10: 0136139256
ISBN-13: 9780136139256
Edition: 4th 2008
List price: $88.33
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Description: Key Message:This book aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach readers by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying. Physics is a description of reality, and thus  More...

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List price: $88.33
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/29/2008
Binding: Mixed Media
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Key Message:This book aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach readers by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying. Physics is a description of reality, and thus each topic begins with concrete observations and experiences that readers can directly relate to. We then move on to the generalizations and more formal treatment of the topic. Not only does this make the material more interesting and easier to understand, but it is closer to the way physics is actually practiced. Key Topics: SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY, EARLY QUANTUM THEORY AND MODELS OF THE ATOM, QUANTUM MECHANICS, QUANTUM MECHANICS OF ATOMS, MOLECULES AND SOLIDS, NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIOACTIVITY, NUCLEAR ENERGY: EFECTS AND USES OF RADIATION, ELEMENTARY PARTICLES, ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY Market Description:This book is written for readers interested in learning the basics of physics.

Special Theory of Relativity
Galilean-Newtonian Relativity
The Michelson-Morley Experiment
Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity
Simultaneity
Time Dilation and the Twin Paradox
Length Contraction
Four-Dimensional Space-Time
Galilean and Lorentz Transformations
Relativistic Momentum and Mass
The Ultimate Speed
Energy and Mass; E=mc2
Doppler Shift for Light
The Impact of Special Relativity
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom
Planck's Quantum Hypothesis
Photon Theory of Light and the Photoelectric Effect
Photons and the Compton Effect
Photon Interactions; Pair Production
Wave-Particle Duality; the Principle of Complementarity
Wave Nature of Matter
Electron Microscopes
Early Models of the Atom
Atomic Spectra: Key to the Structure of the Atom
The Bohr Model
DeBroglie's Hypothesis Applied to Atoms
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics-A New Theory
The Wave Function and Its Interpretation; the Double-Slit Experiment
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
Philosophic Implications; Probability Versus Determinism
The Schrodinger Equation in One Dimension-Time-Independent Form
Time-Dependent Schrodinger Equation
Free Particles; Plane Waves and Wave Packets
Particle in an Infinitely Deep Square Well Potential (a Rigid Box)
Finite Potential Well
Tunneling through a Barrier
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Quantum Mechanics of Atoms
Quantum-Mechanical View of Atoms
Hydrogen Atom: Schrodinger Equation and Quantum Numbers
Hydrogen Atom Wave Functions
Complex Atoms; the Exclusion Principle
The Periodic Table of Elements
X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number
Magnetic Dipole Moments; Total Angular Momentum
Fluorescence and Phosphorescence
Lasers
Holography
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Molecules and Solids
Bonding in Molecules
Potential-Energy Diagrams for Molecules
Weak (van der Waals) Bonds
Molecular Spectra
Bonding in Solids
Free-Electron Theory of Metals
Band Theory of Solids
Semiconductors and Doping
Semiconductor Diodes
Transistors and Integrated Circuits
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity
Structure and Properties of the Nucleus
Binding Energy and Nuclear Forces
Radioactivity
Alpha Decay
Beta Decay
Gamma Decay
Conservation of Nucleon Number and Other Conservation Laws
Half-Life and Rate of Decay
Decay Series
Radioactive Dating
Detection of Radiation
Summary
Questions
Problems
General Problems
Nuclear Energy: Efects and Uses of Radiation
Nuclear Reactions and the Transmutations of Elements
Cross Section
Nuclear Fission; Nuclear Reactors
Fusion
Passage of radiation through matter; Radiation Damage
Measurement of Radiation-Dosimetry
Radiation Therapy
Tracers
Imaging by Tomography: CAT Scans, and E

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