Physics For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 10, 2006 - Science - 368 pages
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Does just thinking about the laws of motion make your head spin? Does studying electricity short your circuits? Do the complexities of thermodynamics cool your enthusiasm?

Thanks to this book, you don’t have to be Einstein to understand physics. As you read about Newton's Laws, Kepler's Laws, Hooke's Law, Ohm's Law, and others, you’ll appreciate the For Dummies law: The easier we make it, the faster people understand it and the more they enjoy it! Whether you're taking a class, helping kids with homework, or trying to find out how the world works, this book helps you understand basic physics. It covers:

  • Measurements, units, and significant figures
  • Forces such as displacement, speed, and acceleration
  • Vectors and physics notation
  • Motion, energy, and waves (sound, light, wave-particle)
  • Solids, liquids, and gases
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Relativity
  • Atomic and nuclear structures

Steven Holzner, Ph.D. earned his B.S. at MIT and his Ph.D. at Cornell, where he taught Physics 101 and 102 for over 10 years. He livens things up with cool physics facts, real-world examples, and simple experiments that will heighten your enthusiasm for physics and science. The book ends with some out-of-this world physics that will set your mind in motion:

  • The possibility of wormholes in space
  • The Big Bang
  • How the gravitational pull of black holes is too strong for even light to escape

May the Force be with you!

 

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User Review  - plaws595 - LibraryThing

I used this book to refresh my understanding of physics in general. I'm not sure how effective it would be at teaching you the subject from scratch, but it is an decent resource if you forgot a few things Read full review

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User Review  - premed - Borders

This Physics workbook was not a good purchase. At first, it seems pretty helpful- but only for insanely basic concepts. Sometimes it actually confused me more than it helped me. The examples are very ... Read full review

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Contents

Using Physics to Understand Your World
7
Understanding Physics Fundamentals
13
Exploring the Need for Speed
25
Following Directions Which Way Are You Going?
43
May the Forces of Physics Be with You
61
When Push Comes to Shove Force
63
What a Drag Inclined Planes and Friction
81
Circling around Circular Motions and Orbits
99
Turning Up the Heat with Thermodynamics
207
Here Take My Coat Heat Transfer in Solids and Gases
219
When Heat and Work Collide The Laws of Thermodynamics
235
Getting a Charge out of Electricity and Magnetism
251
Zapping Away with Static Electricity
253
Giving Electrons a Push with Circuits
271
Magnetism More than Attraction
287
Keeping the Current Going with Voltage
305

Manifesting the Energy to Work
117
Getting Some Work out of Physics
119
Putting Objects in Motion Momentum and Impulse
137
Winding Up with Angular Kinetics
153
Round and Round with Rotational Dynamics
173
SpringsnThings Simple Harmonic Motion
189
Laying Down the Laws of Thermodynamics
205
Shedding Some Light on Mirrors and Lenses
323
The Part of Tens
339
Ten Amazing Insights on Relativity
341
Ten Wild Physics Theories
349
Glossary
355
Index
361
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Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of 94 books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 18 languages. He served on the Physics faculty at Cornell University for more than a decade, teaching both Physics 101 and Physics 102. Dr. Holzner received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell and performed his undergrad work at MIT, where he has also served as a faculty member.

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