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U Can: Physics I For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-09382-4
432 pages
August 2015
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Take the fear out of Physics I

If the thought of studying physics makes you sweat, you can finally have something to rest easy about! U Can: Physics I For Dummies takes the intimidation out of this tough subject, offering approachable lessons, examples, and practice opportunities—as well as access to additional practice problems online. With this one-stop resource, you'll find friendly and accessible instruction on everything you'll encounter in your Physics I course and will gain the practice and confidence you need to score high at exam time.

Inside this comprehensive study resource, how-to lessons are thoughtfully blended with practical examples and problems to help you put your knowledge to practice and gauge your comprehension of the physics topics presented. Lessons and practice problems are fully integrated and track to a typical Physics I course, giving you one mega-resource that combines the 'how-to' you need with the 'do it' practice you want to keep the physics anxiety at bay.

  • Get up to speed on the basic concepts of physics
  • Grasp physics formulas in a clear and concise manner
  • Explore the newest discoveries in the field
  • Access additional practice problems online

If you're looking for an all-inclusive product to help with your Physics I coursework, U Can: Physics I For Dummies has it all—and then some!

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 1

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

INDEX 393

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Author Information

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.

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