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Title:
Physics made simple
Author:
Freeman, Ira Maximilian, 1905-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 1990.
Physical Description:
207 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"A Made simple book."

Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780385242288
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

First published in 1954, this approach to physics is a welcome relief from the standard intimidating textbooks. It features timely and engaging examples and common applications of theories, historical anecdotes of significant discoveries, and clear and contemporary graphics.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Matter and Energy
Chapter 1 States of Matter
What Is Physics?p. 9
States of Matterp. 10
Chapter 2 Physics and Measurement
Measuring Lengthp. 14
Measuring Area and Volumep. 16
Measuring Weight and Massp. 18
How We Measure Timep. 19
How We Measure Densityp. 19
Chapter 3 Force
Force Vectorsp. 22
Resultant of a Set of Forcesp. 23
Equilibrium of Forcesp. 25
Gravityp. 26
Center of Gravityp. 27
Torquep. 28
Chapter 4 Motion
Speed and Velocityp. 31
Accelerationp. 32
Inertiap. 34
Constant Accelerationp. 35
Momentump. 36
Chapter 5 Work and Energy
What Is Work?p. 40
Energyp. 41
Powerp. 44
Machinesp. 45
Chapter 6 Heat
Temperature and How We Measure Itp. 47
Expansion and Contraction of Solids and Liquidsp. 49
Expansion and Contraction of Gasesp. 51
Conduction of Heatp. 52
Convectionp. 54
Thermal Radiationp. 55
Chapter 7 Thermal Energy
Measuring Thermal Energy (Quantity of Heat)p. 59
Heat Unitsp. 61
Heat of Fusionp. 62
Heat of Vaporizationp. 63
Heat--Work Equivalentp. 65
Chapter 8 Pressure of Liquids and Gases
What Is Pressure?p. 67
Liquid (Hydraulic) Pressurep. 68
Computing Hydraulic Pressurep. 69
Pressure of Gasesp. 70
Barometric Pressurep. 71
Gas Volume and Boyle's Lawp. 72
Buoyancy and Flotationp. 73
Buoyancy in Gasesp. 75
Air Resistancep. 75
Bernoulli's Lawp. 77
Part 2 Sound and Light
Chapter 9 Sound
The Nature of Wavesp. 84
Sound Wavesp. 85
Reflection of Sound Wavesp. 88
Wavelength and Frequencyp. 90
Frequency and Pitchp. 91
The Doppler Effectp. 92
Intensity (Loudness)p. 93
Music: Controlled Soundp. 95
Chapter 10 Light
Light Raysp. 99
Artificial Sources of Lightp. 101
How Illumination Is Measuredp. 102
What Is Light?p. 103
The Speed of Lightp. 104
Reflectionp. 105
Mirrorsp. 107
Refractionp. 108
Lensesp. 110
How a Lens Forms an Imagep. 111
The Camera and the Human Eyep. 113
Microscopes and Telescopesp. 114
Chapter 11 Wave Optics
The Spectrump. 117
Mixing Colors and Pigmentsp. 119
Measuring and Analyzing Light and Colorp. 121
Electromagnetic Waves: A Previewp. 122
Diffractionp. 122
Interference of Lightp. 124
Polarizationp. 125
Part 3 Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 12 Electric Charge
Static Electricity and Electric Currentp. 130
Atoms and Electric Chargep. 131
Conductors and Insulatorsp. 132
Electrostatic Inductionp. 133
Fields of Electricityp. 134
Potential and Capacitancep. 135
Chapter 13 Electricity
Measuring Electric Currentp. 137
How Voltaic Cells Workp. 138
How Batteries Workp. 139
How a Simple Electrical Circuit Worksp. 141
Electrical Resistance and Ohm's Lawp. 141
Potential Difference in a Circuitp. 142
Measuring Electric Powerp. 144
Putting Electric Power to Usep. 144
Chapter 14 Magnetism
How Magnets Workp. 148
Magnetic Fieldsp. 150
The Earth's Magnetic Polesp. 151
Electrical Fieldsp. 152
Electromagnetsp. 153
Uses of Electromagnetsp. 154
Forces Operating on an Electric Currentp. 154
Metering Electricityp. 155
Motorsp. 156
Chapter 15 Electromagnetic Induction
How Electromagnetic Induction Worksp. 159
Lenz's Lawp. 161
Generatorsp. 161
Alternating Current (AC)p. 162
Direct Current (DC)p. 163
Back Voltagep. 164
Transformersp. 164
Chapter 16 Electromagnetic Radiation
Electron Beamsp. 167
Photoelectric Effectp. 168
Vacuum Tubesp. 169
Semiconductorsp. 170
Integrated Circuitsp. 170
Electronic Devicesp. 171
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)p. 171
Glossaryp. 175
Appendix
Appendix A Important Formulas and Relationsp. 185
Appendix B Major Principles and Lawsp. 188
Appendix C Answers and Solutions to Testing Your Knowledgep. 189
Indexp. 201