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Richard Wolfson has been professor of physics at Middlebury College for more than twenty-five years. In addition to his textbooks, Essential University Physics, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, and Energy, Environment, and Climate,he has written two science books for general audiences: Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified. His video courses for the Teaching Company include Physics in Your Life, Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, and How the Universe Works: Understanding Physics, from Quark to Galaxy.
Table of Contents
Volume 1 contains Chapters 1—19.
Volume 2 contains Chapters 20—39.
1. Doing Physics
2. Motion in a Straight Line
3. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
4. Force and Motion
5. Using Newton’s Laws
6. Work, Energy, and Power
7. Conservation of Energy
9. Systems of Particles
10. Rotational Motion
11. Rotational Vectors and Angular Momentum
12. Static Equilibrium
II. OSCILLATIONS, WAVES, AND FLUIDS
13. Oscillatory Motion
14. Wave Motion
15. Fluid Motion
16. Temperature and Heat
17. The Thermal Behavior of Matter
18. Heat, Work, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
19. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
20. Electric Charge, Force, and Field
21. Gauss’s Law
22. Electric Potential
23. Electrostatic Energy and Capacitors
24. Electric Current
25. Electric Circuits
26. Magnetism: Force and Field
27. Electromagnetic Induction
28. Alternating-Current Circuits
29. Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
30. Reflection and Refraction
31. Images and Optical Instruments
32. Interference and Diffraction
VI. MODERN PHYSICS
34. Particles and Waves
35. Quantum Mechanics
36. Atomic Physics
37. Molecules and Solids
38. Nuclear Physics
39. From Quarks to the Cosmos
Appendix A Mathematics
Appendix B The International System of Units (SI)
Appendix C Conversion Factors
Appendix D The Elements
Appendix E Astrophysical Data