Physics for Scientists & Engineers (Chs 1-37)

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This book is written for students. It aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach students by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying.

Author Biography

Douglas C. Giancoli obtained his BA in physics (summa cum laude) from UC Berkeley, his MS in physics at MIT, and his PhD in elementary particle physics back at the UC Berkeley. He spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley’s Virus lab developing skills in molecular biology and biophysics. His mentors include Nobel winners Emilio Segrè and Donald Glaser.


He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, traditional as well as innovative ones, and continues to update his textbooks meticulously, seeking ways to better provide an understanding of physics for students.


Doug’s favorite spare-time activity is the outdoors, especially climbing peaks. He says climbing peaks is like learning physics: it takes effort and the rewards are great.


Table of Contents

Volume 1
Applications List xii
Preface xiv
Available Supplements and Media xxii
Notes to Students (and Instructors) on the Format xxiv
Color Use: Vectors, Fields, and Symbols xxv
Introduction, Measurement, Estimating
The Nature of Science
Models, Theories, and Laws
Measurement and Uncertainty; Significant Figures
Units, Standards, and the SI System
Converting Units
Order of Magnitude: Rapid Estimating
Dimensions and Dimensional Analysis
General Problems
Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension
Reference Frames and Displacement
Average Velocity
Instantaneous Velocity
Motion at Constant Acceleration
Solving Problems
Freely Falling Objects
Variable Acceleration; Integral Calculus
Graphical Analysis and Numerical Integration
General Problems
Kinematics in Two or Three Dimensions; Vectors
Vectors and Scalars
Addition of Vectorsndash;Graphical Methods
Subtraction of Vectors, and Multiplication of a Vector by a Scalar
Adding Vectors by Components
Unit Vectors
Vector Kinematics
Projectile Motion
Solving Problems Involving Projectile Motion
Relative Velocity
General Problems
Dynamics: Newtonrsquo;s Laws of Motion
Newtonrsquo;s First Law of Motion
Newtonrsquo;s Second Law of Motion
Newtonrsquo;s Third Law of Motion
Weightndash;the Force of Gravity; and the Normal Force
Solving Problems with Newtonrsquo;s Laws: Free-Body Diagrams
Problem Solvingndash;A General Approach
General Prob<$$$>
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