Physics:Concepts and Connections

Physics:Concepts and Connections : Concepts and Connections

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For one-semester course in Physics for non-majors. Designed to help students achieve the science literacy that is essential for full participation as a citizen of our times, this text explores the grand principles of modern physics and their philosophical and societal connection to our culture and our individual lives. Non-technical and culturally sophisticated, it is a true alternative to standard technical texts and de-mathematized versions of the standard more

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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 22.86mm | 1,043.26g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • 2nd edition
  • illustrations (some colour)
  • 0130953814
  • 9780130953810

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I. PRELUDE: OF STARS AND ATOMS. 1. The Way of Science: Experience and Ideas. 2. Atoms: The Nature of Things. II. THE NEWTONIAN UNIVERSE: A CLOCKWORK KINGDOM. 3. How Things Move: Galileo Asks the Right Questions. 4. Why Things Move As They Do. 5. The Universe According to Newton. III. TRANSITION TO THE NEW PHYSICS. 6. Conservation of Energy: You Can't Get Ahead -- 7. The Second Law of Thermodynamics: -- And You Can't Even Break Even. 8. Light and Electromagnetism. 9. Electromagnetic Waves. IV. THE POST-NEWTONIAN UNIVERSE: THE OBSERVER INTRUDES. 10. Relativity Theory. 11. The Universe According to Einstein. 12. Are We Alone? The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. 13. Quantum Theory. 14. The Universe According to Quantum Theory. V. WITHIN THE ATOM: FIRE OF THE NUCLEUS, FIRE OF THE SUN. 15. The Nucleus and Radioactivity: A New Force. 16. Fusion and Fission: -- And a New Energy. 17. The Energy Future. 18. Quantum Fields: Relativity Meets the Quantum. Epilogue: Summing Up. Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises and Problems. Glossary. Photo Credits. more

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