9780780807235

The Handy Physics Answer Book

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  • ISBN13:

    9780780807235

  • ISBN10:

    0780807235

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
  • Publisher: Pgw

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xiii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv
PHOTO CREDITS xvii
GENERAL 1(26)
The Basics
Measurement
Physicists (Careers in Physics ... Famous Physicists)
The Nobel Prize
MOVEMENT 27(54)
Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration
Newton's Three Laws of Motion (Inertia ... Force ... Interacting Forces)
Friction
Free Fall
Pressure
Mass vs. Weight
Gravity and Gravitational Interactions
Tidal Forces
Impulse and Momentum (Air Bags ... Conservation of Momentum ... Rockets ... Recoil)
Projectile Motion
Orbits
Circular Motion
Rotational Motion (Torque ... Rotational Inertia ... Angular Momentum ... Gyroscopes)
WORK, ENERGY, AND SIMPLE MACHINES 81(24)
Work (Power ... Conservation of Energy)
Simple Machines (Inclined Planes ... Levers ... Pulleys ... Wheels and Axles ... Gears)
Energy (Energy Efficiency ... Energy Production and Consumption ... Alternative Energy)
OBJECTS AT REST 105(16)
Center of Mass
Statics
Bridges and Other "Static" Structures
FLUIDS 121(28)
Static Fluids (Water Pressure ... Blood Pressure ... Atmospheric Pressure ... Buoyancy ... Hydraulics and Pneumatics)
Fluid Dynamics (Aerodynamics ... The Sound Barrier ... Supersonic Flight)
HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS 149(24)
Heat (Measurement ... Absolute Zero ... States of Matter ... Heat Transfer)
Thermodynamics (The Zeroth Law ... The First Law ... The Second Law ... The Third Law)
WAVES 173(36)
Wave Properties
Ocean Waves
Electromagnetic Waves (Radio Waves ... AM and FM ... Microwaves ... Shortwave Radio)
Interference, Superpositioning, and Resonance (Superpositioning ... Resonance ... Impedance)
The Doppler Effect
Radar (NEXRAD Doppler Radar ... Radio Astronomy)
SOUND 209(24)
Sound Waves
Hearing
Speed of Sound
Ultrasonics and Infrasonics (Ultrasonics ... Infrasonics)
Intensity of Sound (The Sound Barrier)
Acoustics
Noise Pollution
LIGHT 233(52)
Properties of Light (The Visible Light Spectrum ... The Speed of Light)
Opaque, Transparent, and Translucent Objects (Shadows ... Eclipses)
Polarization of Light (3-D)
Color
Rainbows
Optics (Reflection ... Mirrors ... Refraction ... Lenses ... Fiber Optics ... Diffraction)
Optical Instruments (Eyesight ... Cameras ... Telescopes)
ELECTRICITY 285(38)
Electrostatics (Van de Graaff Generators ... Leyden Jars ... Capacitors)
Lightning (Safety Precautions ... Lightning Rods)
Electrical Current (Resistance ... Superconductors ... Ohm's Law ... Watts and Kilowatts ... Circuits ... AC/DC ... Series/Parallel Circuits ... Electrical Outlets ... The Light Bulb)
MAGNETISM, ELECTROMAGNETISM, AND ELECTRONICS 323(18)
Magnetism (Compasses)
Electromagnetism (Electromagnetics and Technology
Biomagnets ... Van Allen Belts ... Auroras)
Electronics (Computers)
MODERN PHYSICS 341(36)
The Basic Elements of Matter (Subatomic Particles ... Particle Acceleration ... Quarks ... Neutrinos ... Other Subatomic Particles)
Quantum Physics (Chaos ... Lasers)
Radioactivity
Nuclear Physics (Nuclear Reactions ... Fission ... Fusion)
Nuclear Weapons
DEEP THEORIES 377(16)
The Grand Unified Theory
The Theory of Everything
The Expanding Universe
The Big Bang (Neutrinos)
Relativity (Special Relativity ... General Relativity ... Einstein Rings ... Black Holes)
FURTHER READING 393(4)
INDEX 397

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