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Physics The First Science

ISBN-10: 081354937X
ISBN-13: 9780813549378
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Preface
Additional Notes, Primarily for the Instructor
Acknowledgments
Atoms to Stars: Scales of Size, Energy, and Force
The microbe and the elephant: the hierarchy of size
Energy and stability
The four forces
Atoms and the periodic table of elements
Seeing atoms: the scanning tunneling microscope
Summary
Review activities and problems
Some Tools of the Trade: Numbers, Quantities, and Units
The language of physics: symbols and formulas
Once more the four forces, this time quantitatively
Summary
Review activities and problems
There Is No Rest: Describing Motion
Getting started: simplification and approximation: models
Keep your eye on the ball: where is it and where is it going?
The mathematics of change
Summary
Review activities and problems
Forces and Motion: Newton's Framework
Newton's laws of motion
Adding forces: vectors
Momentum and its conservation: action, reaction, and Newton's third law
One more motion that is everywhere: rotation
Summary
Review activities and problems
Laws and Their Limits: The Organization of Scientific Knowledge
How do we know? Reality and interpretation
The Newtonian model and its limitations
Mechanics and beyond
Summary
Review activities and problems
Energy and Its Conservation
Work: not always what you think
Energy of motion: kinetic energy
Energy of position: potential energy
Friction and the loss of mechanical energy
Internal energy and the law of conservation of energy
Work and energy revisited
Power: not what the power company sells
Summary
Review activities and problems
Materials and Models
Ideal systems and models: the ideal gas
Other systems: adding pieces from reality
Summary
Review activities and problems
Electricity: It Is Everywhere
The electric force
The electric field
Field lines and flux
Summary
Review activities and problems
More on Electricity: From Force to Energy, from Field to Potential
Electric potential energy and electric potential
Energy transformations and electric circuits
Summary
Review activities and problems
Magnetism: Electricity's Traveling Companion
Again-force, field, and motion
The electron: an old friend turns out to be the elemental magnet
Generating electricity: motional emf and Faraday's law
Summary
Review activities and problems
Waves: Mechanical and Electromagnetic
What is a wave?
What can waves do? Describing waves and their properties
Sound and musical scales
Maxwell's great contribution: electromagnetic waves
Observing interference of light
Reflection and refraction
Where Einstein started: electromagnetism and relativity
Summary
Review activities and problems
Quantum Physics
The �old� quantum physics
The new synthesis
Order in the universe: the elements
Summary
Review activities and problems
The Nucleus: Heart of the Atom
Henri Becquerel, Marie Curie, and the beginning of nuclear physics
What is the universe made of? The stable nuclei and their binding energy
Radioactivity
Biological effects
The nuclear force
Observing radioactive radiations
Nuclear reactions
Particles
Summary
Review activities and problems
Energy in Civilization
The flow of energy
Electric energy: what is it and what does it do for us?
DC and AC: transformer and generator
Energy storage
Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics: the limits of energy transformation
Our addiction to fossil fuels
Other sources of energy
Summary
Review activities and problems
Atomic Physics Pays Off: Solar Cells, Transistors, and the Silicon Age
The real solid: metals, insulators, and semiconductors
Tiny changes and vast consequences: impurities in semiconductors
The transistor and the information revolution
Summary
Review activities and problems
There Is No End
Bibliography
Some Constants, Astronomical Quantities, and Masses
Index

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