Physics for Engineering

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Juta and Company Ltd, 2000 - Engineering students - 429 pages
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In this volume the fundamental knowledge and concepts of engineering science are introduced progressively throughout the text. It is designed as a one-year introductory physics course, using algebra and trigonometry.
 

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This book is at least two years out of date. A revised second edition has been published by Alphonso Hendricks, Andre Spies and Ronald Engelbrecht. A supporting website is under construction i.e. www.physicstutor.co.za

Contents

Preface Unit 1 Introduction to physics
9
The SI metric system of units and measurements
9
Conversion betweeen different unit systems
11
Using significant figures correctly
12
Plotting interpreting and analysing graphs
17
Summary
24
Answers
25
Part 1 Kinematics vectors and scalars
28
Work energy and power
160
Part 1 Solidstate physics
179
Part 2 Fluids
197
Thermal properties and heat
225
electric forces and the electric field
248
Summary
268
Direct current circuits
295
Magnetism and electromagnetic induction
326

Scalars speed as an example
29
Vectors displacement as an example
33
Graphical addition of vectors
35
Algebraic addition of vectors component method
39
Solving vector problems
42
Average and instantaneous velocity
45
Instantaneous acceleration
48
Summary
50
Answers
53
Part 2 Kinematics motion with constant acceleration
55
Using the four equations of motion to solve motion problems in the horizontal plane
58
Using the four equations of motion in free fall
62
Projectile motion
67
Summary
76
Answers
78
Newtons laws of motion
79
Part 1 Application of Newtons laws
101
Part 2 Rotational motion and torque
134
Waves light and optics
349
Wave optics
385
The electromagnetic spectrum
392
Summary
393
Answers
397
Introduction to nuclear physics
401
The structure of the atom
402
The structure of the nucleus
404
The stability of the nucleus
407
Nuclear binding energy and mass defect of the nucleus
409
Radioactivity
411
The mechanics of radioactivity
413
Radioactive decay and activity
417
Fission and fusion
423
Summary
425
Answers
428
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