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A handbook of mathematical methods and problem-solving tools for introductory physics / Joshua F. Whitney, Heather, M. Whitney.

Author:
Whitney, Joshua F. [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • San Rafael [California] (40 Oak Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903, USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2016]
  • Bristol [England] (Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6HG, UK) : IOP Publishing, [2016]
Description:
1 online resource (various pagings) : illustrations.
Series:
Biographical/​Historical note:
Joshua F. Whitney and Heather M. Whitney are both teachers in the Department of Physics at Wheaton College. Joshua completed his PhD in physics at the University of Tennessee, working in theoretical particle physics. He has spent considerable time teaching introductory and upper-level physics classes and labs. Heather completed her PhD in physics at Vanderbilt University, doing research in the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science. In addition to teaching, she works with undergraduate students on research projects in medical physics.
Summary note:
This is a companion textbook for an introductory course in physics. It aims to link the theories and models that students learn in class with practical problem-solving techniques. In other words, it should address the common complaint that 'I understand the concepts but I can't do the homework or tests'. The fundamentals of introductory physics courses are addressed in simple and concise terms, with emphasis on how the fundamental concepts and equations should be used to solve physics problems.
Notes:
  • "Version: 20161001"--Title page verso.
  • "A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references.
Target audience:
Students.
Source of description:
Title from PDF title page (viewed on November 2, 2016).
Contents:
  • 1. Introduction -- 2. Kinematics -- 2.1. Equations needed with symbols defined -- 2.2. Understanding the equations -- 2.3. Keeping the signs straight -- 2.4. Motion in 2-dimensions : relating x and y -- 2.5. Summary and important notes
  • 3. Newton's laws -- 3.1. Applying the first law -- 3.2. Applying the second law -- 3.3. Applying the third law -- 3.4. Examples -- 3.5. Summary and important notes
  • 4. Energy and momentum -- 4.1. Energy -- 4.2. Momentum -- 4.3. Types of collisions -- 4.4. Summary and important notes
  • 5. Circular and rotational motion -- 5.1. Centripetal force -- 5.2. Torque -- 5.3. Moment of inertia
  • 6. Basic optics -- 6.1. Diffraction and interference -- 6.2. Thin lenses -- 6.3. Summary and important notes
  • 7. The right-hand rule -- 7.1. How to use it properly -- 7.2. Special case of magnetic fields from currents -- 7.3. Summary and important notes
  • 8. Electric fields and electric potential -- 8.1. Finding fields and forces from point charges -- 8.2. Electric field integrals -- 8.3. Electric potential from point charges -- 8.4. Summary and important notes
  • 9. Circuits -- 10. Modern physics -- 10.1. Relativity -- 10.2. Quantum mechanics -- 10.3. Brief aside on energy equations -- 10.4. Summary and important notes
  • 11. General problem-solving tips -- 11.1. Break the problem down into as small pieces as possible -- 11.2. Write down everything you have and what you are trying to find -- 11.3. Check units -- 11.4. Pull all the 10n factors out of your calculation before putting it in your calculator -- 11.5. Practice algebra -- 11.6. Keep everything symbolic as long as possible -- 11.7. Electron volts.
Other format(s):
Also available in print.
Subject(s):
Mathematical physics [Browse]
ISBN:
  • 9781681742816 (ebook)
  • 9781681742830 (mobi)
  • (print)
Doi:
  • 10.1088/978-1-6817-4281-6
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