Physics A Conceptual World View

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-18
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole

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PHYSICS: A CONCEPTUAL WORLD VIEW provides an engaging and effective introduction to physics through an ongoing storyline that describes the development of the current physics "world view." This story provides readers with a clear understanding of the laws of nature and the context to fully appreciate the importance of physics. The book's appealing style and minimal use of math also help to make complex material interesting and easy to grasp, even for readers intimidated by physics or math. In addition, the new Seventh Edition includes a thoroughly revised art program featuring elements such as balloon captions and numerous illustrations to help readers better visualize key concepts. In this remarkable book, the authors masterfully translate the logic, vocabulary, and values of physics into a compelling narrative that general readers can readily understand and enjoy.

Table of Contents

A World View
Describing Motion
Explaining Motion
Motions in Space
The Big Picture: The Discovery of Invariants
The Big Picture: Universality of Motion
Classical Relativity
Einstein's Relativity
The Big Picture: The Search for Atoms
Structure of Matter
States of Matter
Thermal Energy
Available Energy
The Big Picture: Waves+Something Else That Moves
Vibrations and Waves
Sound and Music
The Big Picture: The Mystery of Light
Refraction of Light
A Model for Light
The Big Picture: An Electrical and Magnetic World
Electric Current
The Big Picture: The Story of the Quantum
The Early Atom
The Modern Atom
The Big Picture: The Subatomic World
The Nucleus
Nuclear Energy
Elementary Particles
Nobel Laureates in Physics
Answers to Most Odd-Numbered Questions and Exercises
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