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Physics professor and popular science writer, Wiggins, provides the general reader with a fun-filled, entertaining, and truly educational tour. This new paperback edition includes new material and a study guide useful for teachers and self-learners.
Arthur W. Wiggins is the coauthor, with Charles M. Wynn, of the critically acclaimed The Five Biggest Ideas in Science, Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction, The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science, and the textbook Natural Science: Bridging the Gaps. Wiggins is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oakland Community College.
Table of Contents
|Introduction-The Scientific Method||p. 13|
|A Word About Calculators||p. 20|
|Apparatus Needed for All Experiments||p. 21|
|Identified Flying Objects||p. 22|
|Updated Cannonballs||p. 24|
|How Things Move-Position, Velocity, and Acceleration||p. 27|
|Weight 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie||p. 33|
|Why Things Move-Forces and Their Effects||p. 35|
|Sources of Forces-The Biggies in Nature||p. 45|
|Horizontal Globalization||p. 53|
|Round and Round It Goes, and Where It Stops … Circular Motion||p. 55|
|Outgoing = Incoming||p. 64|
|The Ultimate Four-Letter Word-Work||p. 67|
|Follow the Bouncing Ball||p. 73|
|Oops! Collisions-Impulse and Linear Momentum||p. 75|
|You Say You Want a Revolution?||p. 82|
|Spinning Wheels, Got to Go Round||p. 83|
|Mo' Yo-Yo||p. 92|
|Force with a Twist-Torque||p. 95|
|The Strange Case of the Body That Doesn't Move-Static Equilibrium||p. 107|
|Stretchy Spring||p. 113|
|Getting Bent Out of Shape-Elasticity||p. 115|
|Gaze Intently at the Swinging Yo-Yo||p. 119|
|Incredibly Repetitive||p. 121|
|Back and Forth, Back and Forth … Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves||p. 123|
|Magic Spring Tricks||p. 130|
|Hey, Listen, What's That Sound?||p. 131|
|Dive, Dive||p. 144|
|Gooey and Gassy-Fluids at Their Finest||p. 145|
|Soda Bottle Crush||p. 159|
|Even Perfection Has Its Flaws-The Ideal Gas||p. 161|
|Kitchen Physics||p. 170|
|Some Like It Hot-Thermodynamics||p. 171|
|Static Cling||p. 190|
|Charge It-Electricity at Rest||p. 191|
|Meter Reader||p. 202|
|Who Let the Charges Out?-Electric Current||p. 207|
|Resistance Is Futile||p. 218|
|Silent Struggles in the Wires-Resistance||p. 221|
|Do-It-Yourself Magnet||p. 227|
|Battery-less Voltage||p. 240|
|We Are Family-Electricity from Magnetism||p. 241|
|All Shook Up||p. 247|
|Big-Time Electricity-AC||p. 251|
|LEDs Lead the Way||p. 265|
|The Light Dawns-Electromagnetic Waves||p. 267|
|Bent Light||p. 274|
|Polar Opposites||p. 276|
|Mirror, Mirror on the Wall-Reflection and Refraction of Light||p. 277|
|Spreading the Beam||p. 290|
|Compact Rainbow||p. 292|
|Light's Strangest Tricks-Diffraction and Interference||p. 293|
|Einstein's Prodigious Efforts-Special and General Relativity||p. 299|
|Laser, not Phasor||p. 311|
|Matter's Innards-Atoms and Quantum Mechanics||p. 313|
|Half-Life Is Better Than No Life||p. 322|
|Atoms' Innards-Nuclear Physics||p. 323|
|Down to the Nitty-Gritty-The Standard Model of the Universe's Smallest Constituents||p. 333|
|But Wait, There's Even More-The Universe's Biggest Constituents||p. 343|
|Study Guide||p. 355|
|Additional Resources, Notes, and Credits||p. 431|
|Illustration Credits||p. 441|
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