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Mechanical Universe Mechanics and Heat

ISBN-10: 0521715903

ISBN-13: 9780521715904

Edition: 2008

Authors: Steven C. Frautschi, Richard P. Olenick, Tom M. Apostol, David L. Goodstein

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This innovative physics textbook intended for science and engineering majors develops classical mechanics from a historical perspective. The presentation of the standard course material includes a discussion of the thought processes of the discoverers and a description of the methods by which they arrived at their theories. However the presentation proceeds logically rather than strictly chronologically, so new concepts are introduced at the natural moment. The book assumes a familiarity with calculus, includes a discussion of rigid body motion, and contains numerous thought-provoking problems. It is largely based in content on The Mechanical Universe: Introduction to Mechanics and Heat, a book designed in conjunction with a tele-course to be offered by PBS in the Fall of 1985. The advanced edition, however, does not coincide exactly with the video lessons, contains additional material, and develops the fundamental ideas introduced in the lower-level edition to a greater degree.
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Book details

List price: $111.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 604
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Steven C. Frautschi joined the California Institute of Technology faculty in 1962 and became professor emeritus in 2006. His publication list includes 80 research papers on the theory of high energy physics, and the book 'Regge Poles and S- Matrix Theory'. He has served as Master of Student Houses and has won three student teaching awards.

Richard P. Olenick is currently the chair of Department of Physics at University of Dallas. He was Associate Project Director of the PBS Series The Mechanical Universe and Beyond the Mechanical Universe, which accompanied this textbook and its successors. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education for his work in physics education. His current project is C3P, which developed an inquiry-based curriculum for high school physics. In 1995, Dr Olenick was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and in 1997, he was named a Minnie Piper Steven Professor. In 2003, he became the Nancy Cain Marcus and Jeffrey A. Marcus Chair in Science and in 2005 he received the King Award from the University of Dallas, which is the highest honor the University can bestow on a faculty member.

Tom Apostol is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology.

Preface
Introduction to the mechanical universe
The law of falling bodies
The language of nature: derivatives and integrals
Inertia
Vectors
Newton's laws and equilibrium
Universal gravitation and circular motion
Forces
Forces in accelerating reference frames
Energy: conservation and conversion
The conservation of momentum
Oscillatory motion
Angular momentum
Rotational dynamics for rigid bodies
Gyroscopes
Kepler's laws and the conic sections
Solving the Kepler problem
Navigating in space
Temperatures and the gas laws
The engine of nature
Entropy
The quest for low temperature
The international system of units
Conversion factors
Formulas from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
Astronomical data
Physical constraints
Selected bibliography
Index