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Understanding Physics

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford

Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Matter and Motion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-14
    2. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 15-55
    3. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 57-116
    4. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 117-169
    5. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 171-210
    6. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 211-252
    7. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 253-291
    8. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 293-330
    9. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 331-403
    10. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 405-448
  3. Fields and Atoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-458
    2. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 459-503
    3. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 505-547
    4. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 549-584
    5. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 585-619
    6. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 621-660
    7. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 661-691
    8. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 693-722
    9. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 723-761
    10. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
      Pages 763-817
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 819-851

About this book

Introduction

Understanding Physics provides a thorough grounding in contemporary physics while placing physics into its social and historical context. Based in large part on the highly respected Project Physics Course developed by two of the authors, it also integrates the results of recent pedagogical research. The text thus: - teaches about the basic phenomena in the physical world and the concepts developed to explain them - shows that science is a rational human endeavor with a long and continuing tradition, involving many different cultures and people - develops facility in critical thinking, reasoned argumentation, evaluation of evidence, mathematical modeling, and ethical values The treatment emphasizes not only what we know but also how we know it, why we believe it, and what effects that knowledge has: - Why do we believe the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun? - Why do we believe that matter is made of atoms? - How do relativity theory and quantum mechanics alter our conception of Nature and in what ways do they leave the classical concepts unchanged? - What impact does the knowledge of finite energy resources have on our society? - How have applications of fundamental science (such as the steam engine, the laser, the electric generator, the transistor) affected our lives? - How does the evidence for non-scientific ideas, such as UFOs, ESP, and the like, differ from the evidence for accepted scientific results?

Keywords

adopted-textbook NY atom dynamics electricity fields heat magnetism mechanics physics quantum mechanics relativity wave

Authors and affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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