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Introductory Physics with Calculus as a Second Language: Mastering Problem-Solving



Introductory Physics with Calculus as a Second Language: Mastering Problem-Solving

Thomas E. Barrett

ISBN: 978-0-471-73910-4 October 2005 272 Pages


This brief, paperback book is for students taking introductory physics where calculus is a prerequisite.  For most students the key challenge in University Physics is learning how to solve problems.  University Physics as a Second Language™ presents, in simple everyday language, a few easy-to-understand problem-solving approaches that can be applied to a wide range of physics problem types.

Chapter 1. How to Learn Physics.

1.1 The Deadly Sins.

1.2 The Cardinal Virtue.

1.3 Units.

Chapter 2. Constant Acceleration.

2.1 Acceleration and Velocity.

2.2 Constant Acceleration.

2.3 Vectors.

2.4 Projectiles.

Chapter 3. Forces.

3.1 Free Body Diagram.

3.2 Solving F = ma.

Chapter 4. Forces, the Sequel.

4.1 Friction Forces.

4.2 Circular Paths.

Chapter 5. Energy.

5.1 Energy and Work.

5.2 Potential Energy.

5.3 Using Conservation of Energy.

Chapter 6. Momentum.

6.1 Momentum and Impulse.

6.2 Momentum and Collisions.

6.3 Impulse and Force.

6.4 Elastic Collisions.

6.5 Using Conservation of Momentum.

Chapter 7. Rotation.

7.1 Constant Angular Acceleration.

7.2 Connecting Angular and Linear Motion.

7.3 Torque and Moment of Inertia.

7.4 Energy and Rolling Motion.

7.5 Angular Momentum and Angular Impulse.

7.6 Statics.

Chapter 8. Electric and Magnetic Fields.

8.1 Electric Forces.

8.2 Electric Fields.

8.3 Magnetic Forces.

8.4 Magnetic Fields.

9. Advanced Electric & Magnetic Fields.

9.1 Gaussâ??s Law.

9.2 Ampereâ??s Law.

9.3 Induced Currents.

Chapter 10.Potential = Voltage.

10.1 Finding the Potential.

10.2 Using the Potential.

Chapter 11. Circuits.

11.1 Resistors and Capacitors.

11.2 Series and Parallel.

11.3 One-Battery Circuits.

11.4 Kirchhoffâ??s Rules.

11.5 Mixed Circuits R-C and R-L.

  • Shows the relationship between concepts and puts topics in context.
  • Takes the reader step-by-step through the solutions to numerous examples.
  • Covers how to create free body diagrams as well as how to apply Newton’s Second Law, conservation law, Gauss’s Law, and Ampere’s Law.
  • Examines problems in areas such as constant acceleration, momentum and collisions, magnetic forces, displacement current, and multi-source circuits.
  • Presents timesaving study tips that will help readers focus their efforts.