9780534246556

University Physics (with InfoTrac)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534246556

  • ISBN10:

    0534246559

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/19/1999
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Summary

Reese writes a text that embraces the spirit of many reform goals, such as better integration of modern physics topics, a stronger emphasis on conceptual understanding, and an attention to different learning styles. Most importantly, however, Reese writes for students to allow them not only to learn the tools that physics provides, but also to see why those tools work and the beauty of the ideas that underlie them. Because students sometimes fail to see how the topics of physics connect to each other or to the world outside the classroom, Reese introduces each new topic by describing how it relates to experiences and phenomena with which the student is already familiar or to topics previously discussed. Reese emphasizes introductory physics, rather than encyclopedic physics, leaving appropriate topics for more advanced courses. His thinking is that it is better to build technical knowledge on a firm foundation of fundamental principles rather than on a large collection of mere formulas. In doing this, he helps students develop a thorough understanding of the principles of basic areas of physics: kinematics, dynamics, waves, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, and modern physics. Because most students cannot discern simplifying patterns and connections when faced with seemingly complex ideas, students learn physics through practice. To assist them, Reese integrates the most significant material from previous chapters into new material; provides an accurate conceptual understanding of fundamental physical principles by placing great emphasis on these principles and how they arose; points out the limits of applicability of the theories and equations of physics; and stresses connections among topics by incorporating many aspects of contemporary physics and astronomy into a mix of traditional topics.

Table of Contents

Preludes
1(34)
A Mathematical Toolbox: An Introduction to Vector Analysis
35(38)
Kinematics I: Rectilinear Motion
73(44)
Kinematics II: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
117(52)
Newton's Laws of Motion
169(62)
The Gravitational Force and the Gravitational Field
231(50)
Hooke's Force Law and Simple Harmonic Oscillation
281(38)
Work, Energy and the CWE Theorem
319(62)
Impulse, Momentum, and Collisions
381(44)
Spin and Orbital Motion
425(64)
Solids and Fluids
489(42)
Waves
531(56)
Temperature, Heat Transfer, and the First Law of Thermodynamics
587(52)
Kinetic Theory
639(28)
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
667(38)
Electric Charges, Electrical Forces, and the Electric Field
705(62)
Electric Potential Energy and the Electric Potential
767(38)
Circuit Elements, Independent Voltage Sources, and Capacitors
805(30)
Electric Current, Resistance, and dc Circuit Analysis
835(60)
Magnetic Forces and the Magnetic Field
895(58)
Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction
953(52)
Sinusoidal ac Circuit Analysis
1005(36)
Geometric Optics
1041(62)
Physical Optics
1103(46)
The Special Theory of Relativity
1149(56)
An Aperitif: Modern Physics
1205(44)
An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
1249
Appendix A Proof of the Gravitational Shell Theorems A.1
Answers to Problems A.5

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