Practical Physics

ISBN-10: 0521779405

ISBN-13: 9780521779401

Edition: 4th 2001 (Revised)

Authors: G. L. Squires
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Description: Practical Physics demonstrates the purposive and critical approach that should be made to all experimental work in physics. The new edition includes a section on atomic clocks, worked examples based on spreadsheets and more exercises.

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Book details

List price: $64.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Preface to the fourth edition
Preface to the first edition
The object of practical physics
Statistical Treatment of Data
Introduction to errors
The importance of estimating errors
Systematic and random errors
Systematic errors
Treatment of a single variable
Introduction
Set of measurements
Distribution of measurements
Estimation of [sigma] and [sigma subscript m]
The Gaussian distribution
The integral function
The error in the error
Discussion of the Gaussian distribution
Summary of symbols, nomenclature, and important formulae
Exercises
Further topics in statistical theory
The treatment of functions
The straight line--method of least squares
The straight line--points in pairs
Weighting of results
Summary of equations for the best straight line by the method of least squares
Exercises
Common sense in errors
Error calculations in practice
Complicated functions
Errors and experimental procedure
Summary of treatment of errors
Exercises
Experimental Methods
Some laboratory instruments and methods
Introduction
Metre rule
Micrometer screw gauge
Measurement of length--choice of method
Measurement of length--temperature effect
The beat method of measuring frequency
Negative feedback amplifier
Servo systems
Natural limits of measurement
Exercises
Some experimental techniques
Rayleigh refractometer
Measurement of resistivity
Absolute measurement of the acceleration due to the Earth's gravity
Measurement of frequency and time
The Global Positioning System
Exercises
Experimental logic
Introduction
Apparent symmetry in apparatus
Sequence of measurements
Intentional and unintentional changes
Drift
Systematic variations
Calculated and empirical corrections
Relative methods
Null methods
Why make precise measurements?
Common sense in experiments
Preliminary experiment
Checking the obvious
Personal errors
Repetition of measurements
Working out results
Design of apparatus
Record and Calculations
Record of the experiment
Introduction
Bound notebook versus loose-leaf
Recording measurements
Down with copying
Diagrams
Tables
Aids to clarity
Some common faults--ambiguity and vagueness
Graphs
The use of graphs
Choice of ruling
Scale
Units
Some hints on drawing graphs
Indicating errors
Sensitivity
Arithmetic
Arithmetic is important
Computers
Calculators
Ways of reducing arithmetical mistakes
Checking algebra
Exercises
Writing a paper
Introduction
Title
Abstract
Plan of paper
Sections of paper
Diagrams, graphs, and tables
Instructions to authors
Clarity
Good English
Conclusion
Appendices
Evaluation of some integrals connected with the Gaussian function
The variance of s[superscript 2] for a Gaussian distribution
The straight line--the standard error in the slope and intercept
Comment on the dependence of m, c, and b
The binomial and Poisson distributions
Binomial distribution
Poisson distribution
The x[superscript 2] distribution--test of goodness of fit
Introduction
Derivation of x[superscript 2] distribution
The function P[subscript n](x[superscript 2])
Degrees of freedom
Test of goodness of fit
Worked examples
Comments
SI units
Names and symbols
Decimal factors
Relation to c.g.s. units
Definition of the SI base units
Values of physical constants
Mathematical tables
Values of the Gaussian function and the Gaussian integral function
Values of x[superscript 2] for given v and P
Solutions to exercises
Some useful books
References
Index
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