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Physics Workbook For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-16909-4
336 pages
October 2007
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Do you have a handle on basic physics terms and concepts, but your problem-solving skills could use some static friction? Physics Workbook for Dummies helps you build upon what you already know to learn how to solve the most common physics problems with confidence and ease.

Physics Workbook for Dummies gets the ball rolling with a brief overview of the nuts and bolts (i.e., converting measures, counting significant figures, applying math skills to physics problems, etc.) before getting into the nitty gritty. If you’re already a pro on the fundamentals, you can skip this section and jump right into the practice problems. There, you’ll get the lowdown on how to take your problem-solving skills to a whole new plane—without ever feeling like you’ve been left spiraling down a black hole.

With easy-to-follow instructions and practical tips, Physics Workbook for Dummies shows you how to you unleash your inner Einstein to solve hundreds of problems in all facets of physics, such as:

  • Acceleration, distance, and time
  • Vectors
  • Force
  • Circular motion
  • Momentum and kinetic energy
  • Rotational kinematics and rotational dynamics
  • Potential and kinetic energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electricity and magnetism

Complete answer explanations are included for all problems so you can see where you went wrong (or right). Plus, you’ll get the inside scoop on the ten most common mistakes people make when solving physics problems—and how to avoid them.

When push comes to shove, this friendly guide is just what you need to set your physics problem-solving skills in motion!

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Introduction.

Part I : Applying Physics.

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Physics.

Chapter 2: The Big Three: Acceleration, Distance, and Time.

Chapter 3: Vectors: Knowing Where You’re Headed.

Part II: May the Forces Be with You.

Chapter 4: Applying Force.

Chapter 5: Working with Inclined Planes.

Chapter 6: Round and Round: Circular Motion.

Part III: Being Energetic: Work.

Chapter 7: Working the Physics Way.

Chapter 8: Getting Things to Move: Momentum and Kinetic Energy.

Chapter 9: Winding It Up: Rotational Kinematics.

Chapter 10: Getting Dizzy with Rotational Dynamics.

Chapter 11: Potential and Kinetic Energy Together: Simple Harmonic Motion.

Part IV: Obeying the Laws of Thermodynamics.

Chapter 12: You’re Getting Warm: Thermodynamics.

Chapter 13: Under Pressure: From Solid to Liquid to Gas.

Chapter 14: All about Heat and Work.

Part V: Zap: Electricity and Magnetism.

Chapter 15: Static Electricity: Electrons at Rest.

Chapter 16: Electrons in Motion: Circuits.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Common Mistakes People Make When Solving Problems.

Chapter 18: Ten Top Online Physics Tutorials and Resources.

Index.

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Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Physics For Dummies. He did his undergraduate work in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and got his PhD from Cornell University. He’s been on the faculty of Cornell for ten years, teaching Physics 101 and Physics 102, as well as on the faculty of MIT.
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