Sears and Zemansky's College Physics

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2006-04-26
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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KEY BENEFIT: For more than five decades, Sears and Zemansky'sCollege Physicshas provided the most reliable foundation of physics education for readers around the world. For the Eighth Edition, Robert Geller joins Hugh Young to produce a comprehensive update of this benchmark text. A broad and thorough introduction to physics, this new edition carefully integrates many solutions from educational research to help readers to develop greater confidence in solving problems, deeper conceptual understanding, and stronger quantitative-reasoning skills, while helping them connect what they learn with their other courses and the changing world around them. KEY TOPICS: Models, Measurements, and Vectors, Motion along a Straight Line, Motion in a Plane, Newtonrs"s Laws of Motion, Applications of Newtonrs"s Laws, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Work and Energy, Momentum, Rotational Motion, Dynamics of Rotational Motion, Elasticity and Periodic Motion, Mechanical Waves and Sound, Fluid Mechanics, Temperature and Heat, Thermal Properties of Matter, The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Electric Charges, Forces and Fields, Electric Potential and Electric Energy, Electric Current and Direct-Current Circuits, Magnetism, Magnetic Flux and Faradayrs"s Law of Induction, Alternating Currents, Electromagnetic Waves, Geometric Optics, Optical Instruments, Interference and Diffraction, Relativity, Photons, Electrons, and Atoms, Atoms, Molecules, and Solids, 30 Nuclear and High-Energy PhysicsFor all readers interested in most reliable foundation of physics education.

Author Biography

Hugh D. Young is Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Carnegie Mellon for both undergraduate and graduate study and earned his Ph.D. in fundamental particle theory under the direction of the late Richard Cutkosky. He joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in 1956, and has also spent two years as a visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Hugh's career has centered entirely around undergraduate education. He has written several undergraduate-level textbooks, and in 1973 he became a coauthor with Francis Sears and Mark Zemansky for their well-known introductory texts. In addition to his role on Sears and Zemansky's College Physics , he is currently a coauthor with Roger Freedman on Sears and Zemanksy's University Physics .

Hugh is an enthusiastic skier, climber, and hiker. He also served for several years as Associate Organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in Pittsburgh, and has played numerous organ recitals in the Pittsburgh area. Prof. Young and his wife Alice usually travel extensively in the summer, especially in Europe and in the desert canyon country of southern Utah.

Robert M. Geller teaches physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also obtained his Ph.D. under Robert Antonucci in observational cosmology. Currently, he is involved in two major research projects: a search for cosmological halos predicted by the Big Bang, and a search for the flares that are predicted to occur when a supermassive black hole consumes a star.

Rob also has a strong focus on undergraduate education. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. He trains the graduate student teaching assistants on methods of physics education. He is also a frequent faculty leader for the UCSB Physics Circus, in which student volunteers perform exciting and thought-provoking physics demonstrations to elementary schools.

Rob loves the outdoors. He and his wife Susanne enjoy backpacking along rivers and fly fishing, usually with rods she has build and flies she has tied. Their daughter Zoe loves fishing too, but her fish tend to be plastic, and float in the bathtub.

Table of Contents

Physics of a CD playerp. 2
BIO: Echolocation in batsp. 3
Train crash illustrates the importance of precision in measurementp. 10
Vectors in a caribou's swim across a riverp. 14
Average velocity on "the crookedest street in the world"p. 32
Average speed/average velocity of a race carp. 37
Negative acceleration of a drag racerp. 39
BIO: Human centrifugep. 42
High-performance yo-yosp. 69
A car's three acceleratorsp. 72
Rate of change of velocity in jugglingp. 77
BIO: Bombardier beetle demonstrating projectile motionp. 79
Human cannonball as projectilep. 82
Uniform circular motion in global positioning systemsp. 87
Catapult demonstrating Newton's first lawp. 102
Tablecloth trick: Inertiap. 103
Bubble chamber image: Studying particlesp. 107
Lunar golfp. 111
Biathlete using Newton's third lawp. 113
Rocket launchp. 115
Tug-of-warp. 116
Crane unloading Very Large Telescope mirrorp. 129
Liquid-filled accelerometerp. 134
Rock climber using frictional forcesp. 138
Wet saw cutting stonep. 139
BIO: Ultracentrifugep. 162
Centripetal force in bobsleddingp. 163
BIO: Runner using Newton's third lawp. 170
Gravity map of the earthp. 173
"Skycycle" takeoffp. 176
BIO: Elastic potential energy in kangaroo hoppingp. 191
Reduced air drag on a recumbent bicyclep. 193
BIO: Elasticity of tendons and ligamentsp. 201
BIO: Carrying weight on the headp. 203
BIO: Energy expended in climbing El Capitanp. 207
BIO: Grasshopper's catapult mechanismp. 208
BIO: Measuring a llama's oxygen consumptionp. 216
BIO: Contrecoup brain injuryp. 232
Conservation of momentum in a bowling strikep. 235
Momentum of sumo wrestlersp. 241
Light sailp. 244
BIO: Frog's legs demonstrating impulsep. 248
Center of mass in balancing acrobatsp. 253
BIO: Jet propulsion in jellyfishp. 255
Hand drill demonstrating angular velocityp. 269
Velocipede direct-drive bicyclep. 274
Storing energy in a flywheelp. 277
Moon orbiting earthp. 282
Balancing on a tightropep. 297
Oxen turning water-well liftp. 304
Nanoengineered gearsp. 306
Andaman earthquake's effects on length of dayp. 308
Spinning dinner platesp. 313
Rifling in a gun barrelp. 318
Cable-stayed bridgep. 335
Weighing a fishp. 336
Bio: Buoyancy in deep-sea hatchetfishp. 337
Bio: Strength and elasticity in a spider's webp. 340
Nanobalancep. 348
Foucault pendulump. 353
Bio: Injuries from a jackhammer's vibrationsp. 354
Earthquakes: Transverse and longitudinal wavesp. 367
Wave generation in a surf poolp. 368
Superposition of mechanical waves in water ripplesp. 375
Bone flutes: Standing wavesp. 384
Bio: Sound-wave vibrations in the human earp. 386
Use of sonar in search of shipwrecksp. 391
Doppler radar in meteorologyp. 395
Differing liquid densities in a coffee drinkp. 408
Bio: Measuring fluid pressure in the human eyeballp. 412
Snowshoeing to reduce pressurep. 413
Bio: Floating in the Dead Seap. 418
Turbulent flow in a meandering riverp. 424
Roof blown off by hurricanep. 425
Hydrothermal ventp. 444
Bimetallic stripp. 447
Snowflakesp. 455
Bio: Using a calorimeter to measure a cow's heat productionp. 458
Bio: Heat conduction in predatory fishesp. 461
Hawaiian islands: Built by convective flowp. 465
Bio: Infared imagesp. 466
Solar carp. 467
The Milky Way: One trillionth of a mole of starsp. 478
Martian dust devilp. 480
Bio: Scuba-diving hazardsp. 483
High-temperature calibration of a platinum resistance thermometerp. 485
Hydrogen affects planet sizep. 489
Venus: An arid furnacep. 490
Nuclear submarines as steamshipsp. 495
The sun's energyp. 517
Geothermal power in Icelandp. 518
"Bio-diesel" enginesp. 522
How a refrigerator worksp. 523
Energy cycles of the earth and its organismsp. 535
Zero-power homesp. 536
Electric charge preceding a lightning strikep. 546
Salt water conducts electricityp. 549
Bio: "Static cling" in DNAp. 552
Atom-smashing with Van de Graaff generatorsp. 553
Bio: Platypus sensing electric fieldsp. 558
Bio: Fish producing and using an electric field to sense its surroundingsp. 565
Car acting as a Faraday cage in an electrical stormp. 572
Bio: Voltage-gated potassium channel in cell membranep. 583
Lightning boltp. 587
Bio: Bird perching on power linep. 589
Sandia Lab's capacitor bank dischargingp. 596
Bio: Capacitors in cardiac defibrillatorsp. 604
Semiconductorsp. 619
Magnetic-levitation trainsp. 622
Bio: Electric eelsp. 625
Bio: Recharging ATP moleculesp. 630
LED bicycle lightsp. 631
Bio: Wrist strap grounding electronics workerp. 643
Bio: Homing pigeons: Using earth's magnetic fieldp. 661
Bio: Magnetic resonance imagingp. 664
Microwave ovensp. 667
Direct-current motorsp. 673
Coaxial cablep. 677
Magnetohydrodynamic pumpp. 683
Induction cooktopp. 699
Portable energy packp. 705
Using an electromagnetic tether to deorbit satellitesp. 710
Recharging pad for electronic devicesp. 712
Using magnetic fields to catch red-light runnersp. 716
Step-down transformersp. 717
L-C circuits in tuning knobsp. 725
Alternating and direct currentp. 738
Power surge protectionp. 749
Radio antennap. 762
Cerenkov radiation in a nuclear reactor poolp. 763
Galaxy in different spectral regionsp. 765
Bio: Ultraviolet vision in animalsp. 765
Physics of a double rainbowp. 783
Photoelastic stress analysisp. 789
Driver's blind spotp. 804
Side-view convex mirrorsp. 811
Bio: Seeing in focusp. 816
Diamond lenses used in optical data storagep. 821
Bio: Compound eyesp. 841
Bio: Animals' focusing mechanismsp. 842
Eyeglass lensesp. 843
X-ray telescopep. 850
Telescope mirrorsp. 852
Waves diffracting in the oceanp. 863
Nonreflective coating on museum casesp. 872
Bio: Structural color in butterfliesp. 873
Bio: Using diffraction gratings to measure DNAp. 880
Reflection diffraction grating in CDsp. 880
Modern telescopes using interferometryp. 888
Throwing a ball: Inertial frame of referencep. 901
Time at the finish linep. 906
Time travelp. 909
Space and timep. 914
Nuclear power: E = mc[superscript 2]p. 920
Smoke detectorsp. 934
Fireworksp. 941
Ruby lasersp. 951
Bio: Boron neutron capture therapy for brain cancerp. 956
Bio: Electron microscopyp. 961
"Neon" lightsp. 980
Bio: DNA double helix: Bondingp. 984
Diamonds and graphitep. 990
Electron vacancies in semiconductorsp. 993
Transistor radiop. 996
Size of nucleus relative to atomp. 1004
Bio: Penetrating power of different types of radiationp. 1012
Bio: Radiocarbon datingp. 1017
Bio: Residence time of radionuclides in the bodyp. 1019
Bio: Gamma-ray radiosurgeryp. 1020
Bio: Nuclear medicine: Bone scansp. 1021
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