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Key Benefit: Written for the non-science major, this book emphasizes modern physics and the scientific processóand engages readers by drawing connections between physics and everyday experience. Hobson takes a conceptual approach, with an appropriate focus on quantitative skills. The Fifth Edition increases coverage of key environmental topics such as global warming and energy, and adds new topics such as momentum. Hobsonís book remains the least expensive book available for readers taking nonmajors physics.
Key Topics: The Way of Science: Experience and Reason, Atoms: The Nature of Things, How Things Move: Galileo Asks the Right Questions, Why Things Move as They Do, Newtonís Universe, Conservation of Energy: You Canít Get Ahead, Second Law of Thermodynamics: and you Canít Even Break Even, Light and Electromagnetism, Electromagnetism Radiation and Global Climate Change, The Special Theory of Relativity, The General Theory of Relativity and the New Cosmology, The Quantum Idea, The Quantum Universe, The Nucleus and Radioactivity: An New Force, Fusion and Fission: and a New Energy, The Energy Challenge, Quantum Fields: Relativity Meets the Quantum.
Market: Intended for those interested in learning the basics of physics.
Table of Contents
Ch 1: The Way of Science: Experience and Reason
Ch 2: Atoms: The Nature of Things
Part 2: The Newtonian Universe: A Clockwork Kingdom
Ch 3: How Things Move: Galileo Asks the Right Questions
Ch 4: Why Things Move as They Do
Ch 5: Newton’s Universe
Part 3: Transition to the New Physics
Ch 6: Conservation of Energy: You Can’t Get Ahead
Ch 7: Second Law of Thermodynamics: and you Can’t Even Break Even
Ch 8: Light and Electromagnetism
Ch 9: Electromagnetism Radiation and Global Climate Change
Part 4: The Post-Newtonian Universe: The Observer Intrudes
Ch 10: The Special Theory of Relativity
Ch 11: The General Theory of Relativity and the New Cosmology
Ch 12: The Quantum Idea
Ch 13: The Quantum Universe
Part 5: Within the Atom: Fire of the Nucleus, Fire of the Sun
Ch 14: The Nucleus and Radioactivity: An New Force
Ch 15: Fusion and Fission: and a New Energy
Ch 16: The Energy Challenge
Ch 17: Quantum Fields: Relativity Meets the Quantum