Physics for Scientists & Engineers Vol. 2 (Chs 21-35) with Mastering Physics

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-09-05
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Key Message:This book aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach readers by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying. Physics is a description of reality, and thus each topic begins with concrete observations and experiences that readers can directly relate to. We then move on to the generalizations and more formal treatment of the topic. Not only does this make the material more interesting and easier to understand, but it is closer to the way physics is actually practiced. Key Topics: ELECTRIC CHARGE AND ELECTRIC FIELD, GAUSSrs"S LAW, ELECTRIC POTENTIAL, CAPACITANCE, DIELECTRICS, ELECTRIC ENERGY STORAGE, ELECTRIC CURRENTS AND RESISTANCE, DC CIRCUITS, MAGNETISM, SOURCES OF MAGNETIC FIELD, ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION AND FARADAYrs"S LAW, INDUCTANCE, ELECTROMAGNETIC OSCILLATIONS, AND AC CIRCUITS, MAXWELLrs"S EQUATIONS AND ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES, LIGHT: REFLECTION AND REFRACTION, LENSES AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS, THE WAVE NATURE OF LIGHT; INTERFERENCE, DIFFRACTION AND POLARIZATION, Market Description:This book is written for readers interested in learning the basics of physics.

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

Second Law of Thermodynamics
The Second Law of Thermodynamics-Introduction
Heat Engines
Reversible and Irreversible Processes; the Carnot Engine
Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, and Heat Pumps
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Order to Disorder
Unavailability of Energy; Heat Death
Statistical Interpretation of Entropy and the Second Law
Thermodynamic Temperature Scale; Absolute Zero and the Third Law of Thermodynamics
Thermal Pollution, Global Warming, and Energy Resources
General Problems
Electric Charge and Electric Field
Static Electricity; Electric Charge and Its Conservation
Electric Charge in the Atom
Insulators and Conductors
Induced Charge; the Electroscope
Coulombrsquo;s Law
The Electric Field
Electric Field Calculations for Continuous Charge Distributions
Field Lines
Electric Fields and Conductors
Motion of a Charged Particle in an Electric Field
Electric Dipoles
Electric Forces in Molecular Biology; DNA
Photocopy Machines and Computer Printers Use Electrostatics
General Problems
Gaussrsquo;s Law
Electric Flux
Gaussrsquo;s Law
Applications of Gaussrsquo;s Law
Experimental Basis of Gaussrsquo;s and Coulombrsquo;s Law
General Problems
Electric Potential
Electric Potential Energy and Potential Difference
Relation between Electric Potential and Electric Field
Electric Potential Due to Point Charges
Potential Due to Any Charge Distribution
Equipotential Surfaces
Electric Dipole Potential
E Determined from V
Electrostatic Potential Energy; the Electron Volt
Cathode Ray Tube: TV and Computer Monitors, Oscilloscope
General Problems
Capacitance, Dielectrics, Electric Energy Storage
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