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Handbook of physics
Harris, J. (John), 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : Springer, 2002.
Physical Description:
xxv, 1181 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QC61 .H37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Handbook of Physics is a veritable toolbox for rapid access to a wealth of physics information for everyday use in problem solving, homework, and examinations. This complete reference includes not only the fundamental formulas of physics but also experimental methods used in practice.

Author Notes

Walter Benenson is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, and a nuclear physicist at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Benenson was the one of the first physicists to join NSCL founding Director Henry Blosser's staff in 1963, and was science consultant on the 1991 program Exploring the Hidden Nucleus. His research on rare isotopes forms the basis for Michigan State's worldwide reputation in the field.

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Benenson (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing) and colleagues have prepared an invaluable compendium of relationships and indexes from every area of physics. Worth its price, it provides students and researchers a ready access to laws and equations that govern physical behavior and current material facts. The topics covered range from classical mechanics to elementary particles. The handbook provides, as one example from mechanics, the latest understanding of the concept of rolling friction. The reference work is enhanced through additional features in each section that include sample examples, applications of the physics described, problem-solving hints, and measurement techniques pertaining to the specific phenomena in the section. The book's layout allows easy accessibility to every topic. It includes a very useful appendix on error analysis, excellent line diagrams, and a comprehensive index. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. N. Sadanand Central Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

I Mechanics: Kinematics
Rigid Bodies
Gravitation and the Theory of Relativity
Mechanics of Continuous Media
Nonlinear Dynamics, ChaosFractals
Tables on Mechanics
II Vibrations and waves: Vibrations
Tables on Vibrations, Waves, Acoustics, and Optics
III Electricity: Charges and Currents
Electric and Magnetic Field
Applications in Electrical Engineering
Current Conduction in Liquids, Gases, and Vacuum
Plasma Physics
Tables on Electricity
IV Thermodynamics: Equilibrium and State Variables
Heat, Conversion of Energy, and Changes of State
Phase Transitions, Reactions, and Equalizing of Heat
Tables on Thermodynamics
V Quantum physics: Photons, Electromagnetic Radiation, and Light Quanta
Matter Waves--Wave Mechanics of Particles
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Elementary Particle Physics--Standard Model
Nuclear Physics
Solid State Physics
Tables in Quantum Physics
VI Appendix: Measurements and Measurement Errors
Vector Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus
Tables on SI Units