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Touch This! Conceptual Physics for Everyone

ISBN-10: 0321051629

ISBN-13: 9780321051622

Edition: 2002

Authors: Paul G. Hewitt

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Strengthen the reader's knowledge of physics to better discuss the basic laws of science with anyone. A focus on the basics of physics gives the reader a strong foundation to build an understanding of science as a whole. Author-drawn cartoons explain difficult concepts and make learning physics fun and less intimidating. Gives a strong foundation on which to build an understanding of science as a whole. If we teach children the basic laws of science correctly, it will build a strong foundation for learning science in the future. This book is Paul Hewitt's vision of how to explain these basic concepts to children. Only the attuned ear can fully appreciate a Beethoven symphony; only the cultivated palette can fully appreciate a fine Bordeaux; and only the mind that is familiar with the rules can fully appreciate the physical world. How fortunate is a child who is influenced by a knowledgeable teacher. Therefore, a knowledgeable teacher can be akin to a fine chef who supplies savory and healthful ingredients to what might have otherwise be a bland soup. This book was written for a general audience and assumes no prior knowledge of physics or mathematics. It contains author-drawn cartoons explain difficult concepts and make learning physics fun and less intimidating and explains such concepts as speed, friction, gravity, energy, and motion. Paul Hewittwas a Silver Medalist Flyweight Boxing Champion for New England States at the age of 17. He was then a cartoonist, sign painter, and uranium prospector before beginning his physics studies. Conceptual Physicswas first published in 1971 while Hewitt was teaching at City College of San Francisco. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and most recently at the Universlty of Hawaii at Hilo. Currently, Hewitt enjoys teaching at the City College of San Francisco and at San Francisco's science museum, The Exploratorium.
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Book details

List price: $16.65
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 12/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Paul G. Hewitt was a Silver Medallist Flyweight Boxing Champion for New England State at the age of 17. He was then a cartoonist, sign painter, and uranium prospector before beginning his physics studies.Hewitt's first book, "Conceptual Physics," now in its Ninth Edition, was published in 1971, while he was teaching at City College of San Francisco. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and most recently at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Hewitt recently retired from teaching at the City College of San Francisco and at San Francisco's world-famous science museum, the Exploratorium.John Suchocki received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1987 from Virginia Commonwealth University, where his research focused on the isolation and characterization of natural products. After a two year post-doc in medicinal chemistry/pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia, John became a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he began working with his uncle, Paul Hewitt, on "Conceptual Physical Science," After a couple of years at the Manoa campus, John transferred to and eventually received tenure from Leeward Community College, one of the University of Hawaii's community colleges. At Leeward CC, his research efforts turned to chemical education, with particular emphasis on liberal arts chemistry courses and distance learning technology. After a decade in Hawaii, John relocated to Vermont with his wife and three children, where he now teaches liberal arts chemistry at Saint Michael's College. Concurrent to his writingand teaching careers, John is also the writer of "Conceptual Chemistry," now in its Second Edition, and a producer of multimedia content for science education, including his "Conceptual Chemistry Alive!" CD-ROM series. Leslie Hewitt, a former teacher at Westlake Elementary School in Daly City, CA, received her B.A. in Geology from San Francisco State University.

Acknowledgments
Physics Dictionary
Preface
Being in Equilibrium
Equilibrium
Vectors
The Sailboat
Tension, Compression, Arches and Domes
Linear Motion
Speed
Speed Is Relative
Velocity
The Usefulness of Equations in Problem Solving
Acceleration
Free Fall--How Fast?
How Far?
Hang Time
Velocity Vectors
Newton's Lows of Motion
Newton's First Law of Motion
Mass
Net Force
Friction
Newton's Second Law of Motion
Applying Force--Pressure
Free Fall--When Acceleration is g
Non-free Fall--When Acceleration is Less Than g
Newton's Third Law of Motion
Systems of Forces
Acceleration and Newton's Third Law
Rocket Propulsion
Air Flight
Summary of Newton's Three Laws
Momentum
Impulse Changes Momentum
Bouncing
Conservation of Momentum
Energy
Work
Work Changes Energy
Potential Energy
Kinetic Energy
Conservation of Energy
Power
Machines
Efficiency
Kinetic Energy and Momentum Compared
Energy Sources
Rotational Motion
Rotational Inertia
Torque
Center of Mass and Center of Gravity
Locating the Center of Gravity
Stability
Angular Momentum
Conservation of Angular Momentum
Railroad Train Wheels
Rotational Motion Activities
Gravity
The Universal Law of Gravitation
G: The Universal Gravitational Constant
Gravity and Distance: The Inverse-Square Law
Force Fields
Tides
Tides on the Moon
Weight and Weightlessness
Black Holes
Universal Gravitation
Projectile and Satellite Motion
Projectile Motion
Satellite Motion
Calculating Satellite Speed
Circular Orbits
Elliptical Orbits
Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion
Energy Conservation and Satellite Motion
Escape Speed
On Science
Mathematics--The Language of Science
The Language of Science in Words
The Scientific Method
Pseudoscience
Science, Art, and Religion
Science and Technology
In Perspective
Index of Names
General Index