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Physics : Concepts and Connections

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9780131879461

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0131879464
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Benjamin Cummings
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Summary

In this briefer, streamlined revision, Art Hobson once again makes physics relevant and interesting for the casual reader. He introduces modern physics early on, maintaining the bookrs"s focus on the cultural and social context of physics. Updates and extensively revises chapters on relativity. Provides a more modern, straightforward treatment of quantum physics. Includes new and updated societal topics, such as nuclear terrorism. Adds new and revised "How Do We Know" subsections that emphasize the process of science. A reader-friendly reference for anyone interested in learning more about physics and how it affects our lives.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Author xvii
PART 1 PRELUDE OF STARS AND ATOMS
1(50)
The Way of Science: Experience and Reason
2(27)
Stardust: An Invitation to Science
2(2)
Observing the Night Sky
4(4)
Ancient Greek Theories: An Earth-Centered Universe
8(6)
Copernicus's Theory: A Sun-Centered Universe
14(3)
Kepler's Theory: A Sun-Focused Universe
17(2)
Science: A Dialogue Between Nature and Mind
19(4)
The Copernican Revolution: Dawn of the Modern Age
23(6)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises
26(3)
Atoms: The Nature of Things
29(22)
The Greek Atom: The Smallest Pieces
29(3)
Atoms and Molecules
32(2)
The Atom's Explanatory Power: The Odor of Violets
34(3)
Metric Distances and Powers of 10
37(1)
The Incredible Smallness of Atoms
38(3)
Atomic Materialism: Atoms and Empty Space
41(2)
Three Atomic Models: Greek, Planetary, and Quantum
43(1)
Chemistry and Life: What Did Atoms Ever Do for You?
44(7)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises
47(4)
PART 2 THE NEWTONIAN UNIVERSE: A CLOCKWORK KINGDOM
51(64)
How Things Move: Galileo Asks the Right Questions
52(18)
Aristotelian Physics: A Commonsense View
53(1)
How Do We Know? Difficulties with Aristotelian Physics
53(3)
The Law of Inertia: The Foundation of Newtonian Physics
56(3)
Measuring Motion: Speed and Velocity
59(2)
Measuring Motion: Acceleration
61(2)
Falling
63(7)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
66(4)
Why Things Move as They Do
70(20)
Force: Why Things Accelerate
71(1)
Connecting Force and Acceleration
72(3)
Newton's Law of Motion: Centerpiece of Newtonian Physics
75(3)
Weight: Gravity's Force on a Body
78(1)
The Law of Force Pairs: You Can't Do Just One Thing
79(2)
Newton Meets the Automobile
81(9)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
85(5)
Newton's Universe
90(25)
The Idea of Gravity: The Apple and the Moon
91(3)
The Law of Gravity: Moving the Farthest Star
94(5)
Gravitational Collapse: The Evolution of the Solar System
99(3)
Gravitational Collapse: The Deaths of More Massive Stars
102(4)
The Newtonian Worldview: A Democratic, Mechanical Universe
106(2)
Beyond Newton: Limitations of Newtonian Physics
108(7)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
110(5)
PART 3 TRANSITION TO THE NEW PHYSICS
115(104)
Conservation of Energy: You Can't Get Ahead
116(19)
Work: Using a Force to Move Something
117(1)
Work and Energy: A Simple Example
118(1)
A Quantitative Look at Energy
119(2)
Energy: The Ability to Do Work
121(2)
The Law of Energy: Energy Is Forever
123(2)
Transformations of Energy
125(2)
Power: The Quickness of Energy Transformation
127(8)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
130(5)
Second Law of Thermodynamics: ---and You Can't Even Break Even
135(27)
Heating
136(1)
Heat Engines: Using Thermal Energy to Do Work
137(3)
Energy Quality: Things Run Down
140(1)
The Law of Entropy: Why You Can't Break Even
140(3)
The Automobile
143(4)
Transportation Efficiency
147(2)
The Steam--Electric Power Plant
149(3)
Resource Use and Exponential Growth
152(10)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
157(5)
Light and Electromagnetism
162(28)
Waves: Something Else That Travels
163(2)
Interference: A Behavior Unique to Waves
165(3)
Light: Particles or Wave?
168(3)
Electricity: Part of the Electromagnetic Force
171(1)
Magnetism: The Other Part
172(2)
The Electric Atom
174(4)
The Planetary Model of the Atom: A Useful Theory
178(3)
Force Fields: A Disturbance of Space
181(9)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
185(5)
Electromagnetic Radiation and Global Climate Change
190(29)
The Electromagnetic Wave Theory of Light
190(5)
The Decline of the Newtonian Universe
195(1)
The Complete Spectrum
196(3)
Solar Radiation: The Light from Our Star
199(2)
Global Ozone Depletion: A Vulnerable Planet
201(5)
Global Warming: Provoking the Beast
206(13)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
215(4)
PART 4 THE POST-NEWTONIAN UNIVERSE: THE OBSERVER INTRUDES
219(134)
The Special Theory of Relativity
220(28)
Einstein: Rebel with a Cause
221(1)
Galilean Relativity: Relativity According to Newtonian Physics
222(2)
The Principle of Relativity
224(1)
The Constancy of Lightspeed: Strange But True
225(4)
The Relativity of Time
229(4)
Time Travel: You Can't Go Home Again
233(2)
The Relativity of Space and Mass
235(4)
E = mc2: Energy Has Mass, and Mass Has Energy
239(9)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
243(5)
The General Theory of Relativity and the New Cosmology
248(24)
Einstein's Gravity: The General Theory of Relativity
249(5)
The Big Bang
254(2)
The Possible Geometries of the Universe
256(2)
The Shape of the Universe
258(1)
Dark Matter
259(2)
The Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy
261(3)
Cosmic Inflation and a Brief History of the Universe
264(8)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises
269(3)
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
272(26)
Are There Other ``Good'' Places for Life?
273(3)
Does Life Originate on ``Good'' Planets?
276(4)
Is Intelligence a Characteristic Feature of Life?
280(2)
Does Intelligent Life Develop Technology?
282(1)
Interstellar Communication and Travel: Might We Make Contact?
283(3)
Fermi's Question: Where Is Everybody?
286(3)
UFOs and Pseudoscience
289(9)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
295(3)
The Quantum Idea
298(22)
The Post-Newtonian Revolution
298(2)
The Quantization of Light
300(4)
The Quantum World
304(2)
Electron Interference: The Waviness of Matter
306(6)
The Quantum Mystery of Matter
312(1)
Nature Is Nonlocal, and Uncertain
313(7)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
317(3)
The Quantum Universe
320(33)
The Uncertainty Principle: The Future Is Not Determined by the Past
320(5)
The Effect of Observation
325(5)
Quantum Nonlocality: Spooky Action at a Distance
330(4)
What Does It Mean? Quantum Reality
334(2)
Toward a Post-Newtonian Worldview
336(2)
How Do We Know? Observing Atomic Spectra
338(3)
The Quantum Atom
341(12)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
348(5)
PART 5 WITHIN THE ATOM: FIRE OF THE NUCLEUS, FIRE OF THE SUN
353(116)
The Nucleus and Radioactivity: A New Force
354(26)
Nuclear Forces: The Third Glue
355(1)
Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Structure
356(2)
Radioactive Decay: Spontaneous Nuclear Disintegration
358(4)
Half-Life: When Does a Nucleus Decay?
362(2)
Radioactive Dating: When Did We Come From?
364(4)
Human Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
368(4)
Risk Assessment: Dealing with Risk in a Technological Society
372(8)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
376(4)
Fusion and Fission:---and a New Energy
380(28)
Fusion: Fire of the Sun
381(3)
The Nuclear Energy Curve
384(2)
The Origin of the Elements: We're Made of Star Stuff
386(1)
The Discovery of Fission: Passage to a New Age
387(4)
The Chain Reaction: Unlocking Nuclear Forces
391(3)
The Manhattan Project and Fission Weapons
394(5)
Fusion Weapons: Star Fire on Earth
399(2)
Nuclear Terrorism
401(7)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
404(4)
The Energy Challenge
408(31)
A Brief History of Energy
409(3)
Energy Use Today and Tomorrow
412(5)
Nuclear Power: How It Works
417(3)
Technology Assessment: An Example
420(3)
Issues for Nuclear Power
423(3)
Future Energy Options: Renewables
426(5)
Future Energy Options: Using Less
431(8)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
435(4)
Quantum Fields: Relativity Meets the Quantum
439(30)
Quantized Fields: The Reason There Are Particles
439(2)
Quantum Electrodynamics: The Strange Theory of Electrons and Light
441(3)
Antimatter
444(5)
Electroweak Unification and Neutrinos
449(5)
The Strong Force and Quarks
454(6)
Quantum Gravity: Physics at the Planck Scale
460(9)
Answers, concepts, review, exercises, problems
466(3)
Epilogue: Summing Up 469
Answers to Odd-Numbered Conceptual Exercises and Problems 1(1)
Glossary 1(1)
Photo Credits 1(1)
Index 1


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