U Can: Physics I For Dummies
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PART I GETTING STARTED WITH PHYSICS 5
Chapter 1: Using Physics to Understand Your World 7
Chapter 2: Reviewing Physics Measurement and Math Fundamentals 15
Chapter 3: Exploring the Need for Speed 35
Chapter 4: Following Directions: Motion in Two Dimensions 61
PART II MAY THE FORCES BE WITH YOU 87
Chapter 5: When Push Comes to Shove: Force 89
Chapter 6: Getting Down with Gravity, Inclined Planes, and Friction 111
Chapter 7: Circling Around Rotational Motion and Orbits 129
Chapter 8: Go with the Flow: Looking at Pressure in Fluids 159
PART III WORKING ENERGETICALLY 187
Chapter 9: Getting Some Work Out of Physics 189
Chapter 10: Putting Objects in Motion: Momentum and Impulse 215
Chapter 11: Winding Up with Angular Motion 237
Chapter 12: Round and Round with Rotational Dynamics 265
Chapter 13: Springs ’n’ Things: Simple Harmonic Motion 285
PART IV LAYING DOWN THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS 309
Chapter 14: Turning Up the Heat with Thermodynamics 311
Chapter 15: Here, Take My Coat: How Heat Is Transferred 329
Chapter 16: In the Best of All Possible Worlds: The Ideal Gas Law 345
Chapter 17: Heat and Work: The Laws of Thermodynamics 357
PART V THE PART OF TENS 381
Chapter 18: Ten Common Mistakes People Make When Solving Problems 383
Chapter 19: Ten Wild Physics Theories 387
Steven Holzner, PhD, was a graduate of and faculty member at MIT and Cornell. Daniel Funch Wohns earned his PhD in physics from Cornell and has been teaching physics for nine years.