A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts: Volume III: Electricity, Magnetism and Light

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Springer, Dec 14, 2015 - Science - 471 pages

This book provides a chronological introduction to the electromagnetic theory of light, using selected extracts from classic texts such as Gilbert’s De Magnete, Franklin’s Experiments and Observations on Electricity, and Huygens’ Treatise on Light. Particular attention is given to the works of Faraday, Maxwell and Heaviside, scientists who unified the formerly separate disciplines of electricity, magnetism and light. Their electromagnetic theory—developed during the 19th century—would lead to the invention of modern radar, electrical power grids, and telecommunication networks.

Each chapter of this book begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis and conclusions. Numerical and laboratory exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text.

Electricity, Magnetism and Light is the third of four volumes in A Student’s Guide through the Great Physics Texts. This book grew out of a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics.

This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy. It can also serve as a textbook for advanced high-school or home-schooled students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

 

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Contents

Chapter 2 The Life and Death of a Magnet
19
Chapter 3 Conservation of Electrical Charge
32
Chapter 4 Müschenbroeks Wonderful Bottle
43
Chapter 5 Thunder and Lightning
61
Chapter 6 Coulombs Law
67
Chapter 7 The Dawn of ElectroMagnetism
75
Chapter 8 Electric Currents Magnetic Forces
83
Chapter 9 Work and Weight
98
Chapter 21 Films Bubbles and Rainbows
249
Chapter 22 Producing and Detecting Polarization
257
Chapter 23 Crystal Symmetry and Light Rotation
269
Chapter 24 Light Scattering
289
Chapter 25 Induction of Electrical Currents
298
Chapter 26 Aragos Mysterious Wheel
319
Chapter 27 Faradays Law
331
Chapter 28 The Magnetic Field
345

Chapter 10 Kinetic and Potential Energy
113
Chapter 11 Conservation of Energy
123
Chapter 12 Geometric Optics
139
Chapter 13 The Wave Theory of Light
156
Chapter 14 Huygens Principle
169
Chapter 15 Reflection of Light Waves
180
Chapter 16 Opacity Transparency and Snells Law
189
Chapter 17 Atmospheric Refraction
202
Chapter 18 The Particle Theory of Light
209
Chapter 19 Passive Laws and Active Principles
223
Chapter 20 Measuring Lights Wavelength
233
Chapter 29 Paramagnetism and Diamagnetism
363
Chapter 30 ActionataDistance
379
Chapter 31 Maxwells Equations
393
Chapter 32 Propagating Electromagnetic Fields
410
Chapter 33 Circuits Antennae and Radiation
423
Chapter 34 The MichelsonMorley Experiment
441
Appendix A Vector Algebra and Vector Calculus
457
Bibliography
464
Index
467
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Dr. Kerry K. Kuehn is Professor in the Department of Physics at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He is a member of the American Physical Society and is also an Advisory Council member for NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and Fidelitas (WLC Honors Program).

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