Complete Idiot's Guide to Physics

ISBN-10: 1592575315

ISBN-13: 9781592575312

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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This guide is a force to be reckoned with As an easy, approachable companion to an oft-dreaded subject, this guide is intended for high school and college students who are required to take physics. Offering easy-to-understand instruction, it follows a standard non-calculus-based physics curriculum. Clearer, more approachable, solved practice problems plus revised text and figures Author and physics teacher Johnnie Dennis won the National Teacher of the Year award, the nations oldest and most prestigious honor for high school teachers In any given year, research shows that between 420,000 and 2.5 million college students have to take at least one physics course to earn their degree
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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Johnnie T. Denniswas selected as the 1970 National Teacher of the Year. There has not been another physics teacher selected for this award since. After a 40-year career, he is now retired. Gary Moringis the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Einsteinand The Complete Idiots Guide to Theories of the Universe. He teaches physics and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Phoenix in Northern California. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. He has also been a curriculum consultant for the University.

Motion Near the Surface of the Earth
Mathematics, the Language of Physics
Why All of This Is Important
Making Measurements
Recording Measurements
Significant Figures
Defining Equations
Scientific Notation
Coefficients and Exponents
Multiplying and Dividing in Scientific Notation
It's About Time, Too!
A Few Additional Rules to Keep in Mind
Putting It All Together
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Movement in One Dimension
It All Starts with Position
Changes in Movement
Using Algebra to Calculate Velocity
Describing Uniform Motion
Unit Analysis
Understanding Acceleration
Describing Uniformly Accelerated Motion
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Introduction to Vectors
Vectors-Geometry in Motion
Vectors and Scalars
Vector Addition
Subtracting Vectors
Multiplication in Vector Algebra
Components of Vectors
Position and Displacement
Understanding Velocity
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Motion in Two Dimensions
The Keys to the Kingdom
Displacement Revisited
Motion in the x-y Plane
Understanding the Velocity of a Boat
Uniform Circular Motion
Speed and Velocity in a Circular Path
Centripetal Acceleration
So What's the Angle?
Crankshafts and Merry-Go-Rounds
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
How and Why Things Move
Forces and Motion
The Three Laws of Motion
Pushes and Pulls
Action and Reaction
The Basics
The Vector Nature of Force
Components of Forces
Net Force and Uniform Motion
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Free Fall and Gravity
Uniform Accelerated Motion
Free Fall and Friction
Terminal Velocity
Describing the Motion of a Falling Object
More on Weight and Mass
Understanding the Gravitational Field
Understanding Force Fields
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Projectile Motion
Early Ideas of Projectiles and Falling Objects
Instantaneous Velocity
What Happens When an Object Is Thrown Vertically Upward?
Two Motions: Uniformly Accelerated (Vertical) and Uniform (Horizontal)
A Graphical Solution to Projectile Motion
Launching a Projectile Vertically Upward
A Baseball from Center Field
The Hang Time of a Punt
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation
How Is Force Related to Mass and Distance?
Simple Harmonic Motion
Equilibrium and Simple Harmonic Motion in a Spring
A Simple Pendulum
The Motion of Heavenly Bodies
Gravitational Force Between Any Two Bodies
The Acceleration of Satellites of the Earth
Measuring the Mass of the Earth
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Work and Energy
Work and Power
Work in Motion
Work and Force
Calculating Work Using a Horizontal Force
Calculation of Work Using a Component of the Force
Calculating Work Using Lifting Force
Calculating Work Using the Force of Friction
Simple Machines
The Inclined Plane
The Lever
Work, Power, and Time
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Kinetic Energy
What Has Kinetic Energy?
Work and Kinetic Energy
Motion on an Inclined Plane
Kinetic Energy of an Object Moving in a Circular Path
Kinetic Energy of Falling Objects
Where Does Kinetic Energy Go?
The Kinetic Energy of a Projectile
Bernoulli's Principle
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Potential Energy
When Does an Object Have Potential Energy?
Work and Potential Energy
Potential Energy of Objects Above the Earth
Instantaneous Velocity of a Projectile
Orbital Velocity
Transfer of Potential Energy
Hooke's Law
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Conservation of Energy and Momentum
How Conservation Laws Work
The Law of Conservation of Energy
Impulse and Momentum
Understanding the Relationship Between Impulse and Momentum
Conservation of Momentum
Conserving Momentum
A Total Momentum of Zero
Momentum of a Combination
Head-On Collisions
Understanding Elasticity
Understanding Inelasticity
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Heat, Sound, and States of Matter
Solids, Liquids, and Gases
High-Heel Pressure
Swimming Pool Pressure
Changing State
Boyle's Law
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
A Brief History of Hydraulics
A Simple Hydraulic Machine
Pressure and a Simple Machine
Liquid Pressure and Depth
Pressure and Total Force
Total Force
Pressure and Buoyant Force
Gas Pressure and Altitude
Sipping Liquids Through a Straw
Air Pressure and Buoyant Force
How Does a Baseball Curve?
Pressure and Thermal Energy
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Heat Energy
Temperature and Thermometers
The Mystery Behind Heat
Temperature Scales
Specific Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The Law of Entropy
Latent Heat of Vaporization and Fusion
Transfer of Heat
Transfer of Heat by Conduction
Transfer of Heat by Convection
Transfer of Heat by Radiation
How Will the Universe End?
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Sound Energy
Vibrating Strings
Where Does Sound Come From?
Types of Waves
Transverse Waves
Longitudinal Waves
Properties of Waves
Newton and the Speed of Sound
Wavelength and Frequency
Characteristics of Sound
Interference and Reflection of Sound
Sound and Temperature
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
The Anatomy of Atoms, Electricity, and Light
Atoms, Ions, and Isotopes
The Structure of the Atom
Thomson's Atomic Model
Alpha Particles and Protons
The Atomic Model of Niels Bohr
Isotopes and the Same Element
The Formation of Ions
Another Source of Ions
Rutherford's Radioactive Particles
The Formation of Molecules
Other Ways to Form Molecules
Metals Exchange Electons
Movement of Atoms and Their Components
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Electricity at Rest
Early Ideas About Electricity
Static Electricity
Electric Charge and Atomic Structure
Conductors and Insulators
Charging an Object
Coulomb's Law
Detectors of Static Charge
Charge by Induction and Conduction
Charging by Induction
Electric Fields and Capacitors
Generating Much Larger Amounts of Charge
Charging and Discharging a Capacitor
Lightning and Charged Rain Clouds
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Electricity in Motion
Volts, Amps, and Ohms
Electromagnetism and Amps
Ohm's Law
Electric Potential Energy
Magnetic Fields and Induction
Potential Difference
Resistance and the Unit of Opposition
Components of an Electric Circuit
Series Circuits
Parallel Circuits
Series-Parallel Circuits
Resistors and Power Rating
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Light as Particles in Motion
Is Light a Particle or a Wave?
The Inverse Square Law
Direction and Speed of Light
Reflection and Spherical Mirrors
Mathematics of Snell's Law
The Critical Angle of Incidence
Snell's Law for Two Other Media
The Double Convex Lens or Converging Lens
Testing the Particle Model
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Light as Waves
Thomas Young's Experiment
Wavelengths and Frequency
Spectral Lines
Light and Paint
Light and the Doppler Effect
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Calculating the Wavelength Using an Interference Pattern
An Interference Pattern of Light
A Final Word
Problems for the Budding Rocket Scientist
Physics Phun Answers
Solutions to Budding Rocket Scientist Problems
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