DescriptionHow Things Work uses familiar objects to introduce basic physics concepts, demonstrating the excitement and relevance to professionals in a variety of technical fields. Because its structure is defined by real-life examples, this book explores concepts as they're needed and then revisits them later on when they reappear in other objects. It integrates case studies throughout the chapters to easily convey an understanding and appreciation for physics. For example, discussions of skating, falling balls, and bumper cars are included to explain the Laws of Motion. Air conditioners and automobiles are used to explore thermodynamics. Engineers, architects, and professionals in other technical fields will benefit from the material that connects science to our everyday world.
1.2 Falling Balls
Chapter 2 – The Laws of Motion, Part II
2.1 Wind Turbines
2.3 Bumper Cars
Chapter 3 – Mechanical Objects, Part I
3.1 Spring Scales
3.2 Ball Sports: Bouncing
3.3 Carousels and Roller Coasters
Chapter 4 – Mechanical Objects Part II
4.2 Rockets and Space Travel
Chapter 5 – Fluids
5.2 Water Distribution
Chapter 6 – Fluids and Motion
6.1 Garden Watering
6.2 Ball Sports: Air
Chapter 7 – Heat and Phase Transitions
7.2 Water, Steam, and Ice
7.3 Clothing, Insulation, and Climate
Chapter 8 – Thermodynamics
8.1 Air Conditioners
Chapter 9 – Resonance and Mechanical Waves
9.2 Musical Instruments
9.3 The Sea
Chapter 10 – Electricity
10.1 Static Electricity
10.2 Xerographic Copiers
Chapter 11 – Magnetism and Electrodynamics
11.1 Household Magnets
11.2 Electric Power Distribution
11.3 Hybrid Automobiles
Chapter 12 – Electronics
12.1 Power Adapters
12.2 Audio Players
Chapter 13 – Electromagnetic Waves
13.2 Microwave Ovens
Chapter 14 – Light
14.2 Discharge Lamps
14.3 Lasers and LEDs
Chapter 15 – Optics
15.2 Optical Recording and Communication
Chapter 16 – Modern Physics
16.1 Nuclear Weapons
16.2 Nuclear Reactors [NEW]
16.3 Medical Imaging and Radiation
B. Units, Conversion of Units
• Key definitions have been rewritten to help students become more comfortable with the language of science.
• The author has produced an extensive set of videos and simulations that will enhance the multimedia version of the text and also provide instructors with classroom demonstration material.
• The assignable questions for on-line homework and quizzing in WileyPLUS have been greatly expanded. The new questions will be algorithmic (i.e., different versions for each student) and will be make use of the new video and simulations.
• The Instructor Resources have been expanded to help instructors will both lecture preparation and creation of quizzes and exams.
- Learn how things work
As this book explores the objects of everyday life, it gradually uncovers most of the physical laws that govern the universe. It reveals those laws as they were originally discovered: while trying to understand real objects. This book reminds students of these connections and is ordered so that later objects build on their understanding of concepts encountered earlier.
- Three-way approach to the equation of physics
The laws and equations of physics are presented in three different forms. The first is a word equation, identifying each physical quantity by name to avoid any ambiguities. The second is a symbolic equation, using the standard format and notation. The third is a sentence that conveys the meaning of the equation in simple terms and often by example.
- Illustrations and photographs are about real things
Whenever possible, artwork is built around familiar objects so that the concepts the artwork is meant to convey become associated with objects students already know. Many students are visual learners—if they see it, they can learn it. By lowering the boundaries between what the students see in the book and what they see in their environment, the artwork of this book makes science a part of their world.
- Author is accomplished physicist and professor
Lou Bloomfield is an accomplished physicist and professor having won many awards for his accomplishments. His achievements in both the teaching and scientific realm include receiving the 1998 State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award; a Patent in magnetism; Fellow of the American Physical Society; and giving talks all over the country on teaching physics through everyday objects. More recently he has begun filming for a Physics show on the Discovery Channel, furthering his reputation as an educator that bridges the gap between abstract science and the world we see. He is very tech savvy and has been able to provide many of the photos and illustrations for the text himself.