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Interweaving modern and classical ideas of physics, the author offers students a presentation that emphasizes "how things work." He uses the connection between symmetry principles and conservation law as a unifying theme to order the subject of physics and to help students understand physics as more than just a series of topics. The author draws from the ideas of biology, medicine, geology, astronomy, meteorology and architecture to offer students a text that is both pragmatic and interdisciplinary. This book has been written for a short physics course for biology, pre-medical, architecture, heath, or environmental, earth or social science students. The only prerequisite is knowledge of college algebra/ more

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  • Hardback | 1184 pages
  • 218.44 x 256.54 x 50.8mm | 2,585.46g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • CA, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0534091148
  • 9780534091149

Table of contents

An introduction to physics; Kinematics: speed and velocity; Kinematics: acceleration; Newton's three laws: momentum; Dynamics: force and acceleration; Equilibrium statics; Gravity, according to Newton; Rotational motion; Energy: the transfer of energy; Matter and molecules; Mechanical properties of solids; Fluids; Oscillations and waves; Sound; Thermal properties of matter; Heat and thermal energy; Thermodynamics; Electrostatics: forces; Electrostatics: energy; Direct current; Circuits; Magnetism; Electromagnetic induction; AC and electronics; Radiant energy: light; The propagation of light: scattering; Geometrical optics and instruments; Physical optics; Special relativity; Origins of modern physics; Origins of quantum theory; Quantum mechanics; Nuclear physics; High energy more

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