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Understanding Physics.

Author: Michael Mansfield; Colm O'Sullivan
Publisher: Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
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Understanding Physics - Second edition is a comprehensive, yet compact, introductory physics textbook aimed at physics undergraduates and also at engineers and other scientists taking a general physics course. Written with today's students in mind, this text covers the core material required by an introductory course in a clear and refreshing way. A second colour is used throughout to enhance learning and  Read more...
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Mansfield, Michael.
Understanding Physics.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mansfield; Colm O'Sullivan
ISBN: 9780470971970 0470971975 9780470971987 0470971983 9781118437827 1118437829
OCLC Number: 793995915
Description: 1 online resource (698 pages)
Contents: Understanding Physics; Contents; Preface to Second Edition; 1 Understanding the physical universe; 1.1 The programme of physics; 1.2 The building blocks of matter; 1.3 Matter in bulk; 1.4 The fundamental interactions; 1.5 Exploring the physical universe: the scientific method; 1.6 The role of physics: its scope and applications; 2 Using mathematical tools in physics; 2.1 Applying the scientific method; 2.2 The use of variables to represent displacement and time; 2.3 Representation of data; 2.4 The use of differentiation in analysis: velocity and acceleration in linear motion. 2.5 The use of integration in analysis2.6 Maximum and minimum values of physical variables: general linear motion; 2.7 Angular motion: the radian; 2.8 The role of mathematics in physics; Worked examples; Problems; 3 The causes of motion: dynamics; 3.1 The concept of force; 3.2 The first law of dynamics (Newton's first law); 3.3 The fundamental dynamical principle (Newton's second law); 3.4 Systems of units: SI; 3.5 Time dependent forces: oscillatory motion; 3.6 Simple harmonic motion; 3.7 Mechanical work and energy: power; 3.8 Energy in simple harmonic motion. 3.9 Dissipative forces: damped harmonic motion3.10 Forced oscillations; 3.11 Nonlinear dynamics: chaos; Worked examples; Problems; 4 Motion in two and three dimensions; 4.1 Vector physical quantities; 4.2 Vector algebra; 4.3 Velocity and acceleration vectors; 4.4 Force as a vector quantity: vector form of the laws of dynamics; 4.5 Constraint forces; 4.6 Friction; 4.7 Motion in a circle: centripetal force; 4.8 Motion in a circle at constant speed; 4.9 Tangential and radial components of acceleration; 4.10 Hybrid motion: the simple pendulum; 4.11 Angular quantities as vectors: the cross product. Worked examplesProblems; 5 Force fields; 5.1 Newton's law of universal gravitation; 5.2 Force fields; 5.3 The concept of flux; 5.4 Gauss' law for gravitation; 5.5 Motion in a constant uniform field: projectiles; 5.6 Mechanical work and energy; 5.7 Energy in a constant uniform field; 5.8 Energy in an inverse square law field; 5.9 Moment of a force: angular momentum; 5.10 Planetary motion: circular orbits; 5.11 Planetary motion: elliptical orbits and Kepler's laws; Worked examples; Problems; 6 Many-body interactions; 6.1 Newton's third law; 6.2 The principle of conservation of momentum. 6.3 Mechanical energy of systems of particles6.4 Particle decay; 6.5 Particle collisions; 6.6 The centre of mass of a system of particles; 6.7 The two-body problem: reduced mass; 6.8 Angular momentum of a system of particles; 6.9 Conservation principles in physics; Worked examples; Problems; 7 Rigid body dynamics; 7.1 Rigid bodies; 7.2 Rigid bodies in equilibrium: statics; 7.3 Torque; 7.4 Dynamics of rigid bodies; 7.5 Measurement of torque: the torsion balance; 7.6 Rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis: moment of inertia; 7.7 Calculation of moments of inertia: the parallel axis theorem.
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