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Built from the ground up on our new understanding of how students learn physics, Randall Knight's introductory university physics textbook leads readers to a deeper understanding of the concepts and more proficient problem-solving skills. This authoritative text provides effective learning strategies and in-depth instruction to better guide readers around the misconceptions and preconceptions they often bring to the course. The superior problem-solving pedagogy ofPhysics for Scientists and Engineersuses a detailed, methodical approach that sequentially builds skills and confidence for tackling more complex problems. Knight combines rigorous quantitative coverage with a descriptive, inductive approach that leads to a deeper student understanding of the core concepts. Pictorial, graphical, algebraic, and descriptive representations for each concept are skillfully combined to provide a resource that students with different learning styles can readily grasp.A comprehensive, integrated approach introducing key topics of physics, including Newton's Laws, Conservation Laws, Newtonian Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Wave and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Modern Physics.For college instructors, students, or anyone with an interest in physics.
Table of Contents
I. NEWTON'S LAWS. Overview: Why Things Change. 1. Concepts of Motion. 2. Kinematics: the Mathematics of Motion. 3. Vectors and Coordinate Systems. 4. Force and Motion. 5. Dynamics I: Motion Along a Line. 6. Dynamics II: Motion in a Plane. 7. Dynamics III: Motion in a Circle. 8. Newton's Third Law. Summary: Newton's Laws. II. CONSERVATION LAWS. Overview: Why Some Things Stay the Same. 9. Impulse and Momentum. 10. Energy. 11. Work. Summary: Conservation Laws. III. APPLICATIONS OF NEWTONIAN MECHANICS. Overview: From Nanostructures to the Stars. 12. Newton's Theory of Gravity. 13. Rotation of a Rigid Body. 14. Oscillations. 15. Fluids and Elasticity. Summary: Newtonian Mechanics. IV. THERMODYNAMICS. Overview: It's All About Energy. 16. A Macroscopic Description of Matter. 17. Work, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics. 18. The Micro/Macro Connection. 19. Heat Engines and Refrigerators. Summary: Thermodynamics. V. WAVES AND OPTICS. Overview: Beyond the Particle Model. 20. Traveling Waves. 21. Superposition. 22. Wave Optics. 23. Ray Optics. 24. Modern Optics and Matter Waves. Summary: Waves and Optics. VI. ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM. Overview: Charges, Currents, and Fields. 25. Electric Charges and Forces. 26. The Electric Field. 27. Gauss's Law. 28. Current and Conductivity. 29. The Electric Potential. 30. Potential and Field. 31. Fundamentals of Circuits. 32. The Magnetic Field. 33. Electromagnetic Induction. 34. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves. 35. AC Circuits. Summary: Electricity and Magnetism. VII. RELATIVITY A