Assuming no prior knowledge, this established textbook provides a complete course in physics for beginners and includes coverage on seven core areas of physics, including mechanics, materials, waves and electricity. Readers will develop a solid understanding of topics such as fields, electromagnetism, electronics, atomic and nuclear physics and thermodynamics, and are encouraged to engage with the text through exercises and revision questions. Illustrations are used extensively to complement theoretical explanations and help readers understand the fundamentals of physics.
This book is aimed at students on access or foundation programmes in physics, but is also ideal for non-specialist students on degree courses such as biological sciences, chemical sciences, engineering, mathematics and geology, for whom physics is a subsidiary subject. It is also suitable for trainee science teachers and medical students who need to develop a solid background in physics.
Jim Breithaupt is a physics writer with extensive experience of teaching physics in schools and colleges. In addition to this book, he has written several highly-regarded school and college text books including New Understanding Physics for Advanced Level , AQA A level Physics and AQA GCSE Physics .
Preface.- How To Use This Book.- Units And Measurements.- PART I Mechanics 1. Forces in Equilibrium.- 2. Dynamics.- 3. Force and Motion.- 4. Energy and Power.- PART II Properties of Materials 5. Matter and Molecules.- 6. Thermal Properties of Materials.- 7. Strength of Solids.- 8. Pressure.- PART III Waves 9. Properties of Waves.- 10. Sound.- 11. Optics.- 12. Electromagnetic Waves.- PART IV Electricity 13. Introduction to Electricity.- 14. Electric Circuits.- 15. Capacitors.- 16. Electronics.- PART V Fields 17. Electric Fields.- 18. Magnetic Fields.- 19. Electromagnetic Induction.- 20. Alternating Current.- PART VI Atomic and Nuclear Physics 21. Electrons and Photons.- 22. Radioactivity.- 23. Energy from the Nucleus.- PART VII Further Physics 24. Fluid Flow.- 25. Gases.- 26. Thermodynamics.- 27. Uniform Circular Motion.- 28. Gravitation.- 29. Simple Harmonic Motion.- 30. Rotational Dynamics.- Further Questions.- Using Spreadsheets.- List of Experiments in The Book.- Location Guide to Mathematical Skills.- Summary of Equations.- Useful Data.- Answers to In-Text Questions and Revision Questions.- Answers to Further Questions.- Glossary.- Index.