Newtonian mechanics is taught as part of every physics program for several reasons. It is a towering intellectual achievement; it has diverse applications; and it provides a context for teaching modelling and problem solving. This text gives equal prominence to all three missions. It therefore includes some advanced material as well as the customary introductory topics and is designed to be studied over an extended time-frame. The problem-solving aspects are developed more fully than in many other texts; showing readers how problems are approached and bringing out the ways of going about constructing a model and solution.
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Building upon Serway and Jewett’s solid foundation in the modern classic text, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, this first Australian and New Zealand edition of Physics is a practical and engaging introduction to Physics. Using international and local case studies and worked examples to add to the concise language and high quality artwork, this new regional edition further engages students and highlights the relevance of this discipline to their learning and lives. This adaptation retains the balanced approach of the strong foundation of physics with the modern standards of physics education of the original text and is further enhanced by the applied focus of real world case studies and examples, from the region and from the international community.
Table of Contents
Volume 2 Part V: Electricity and magnetism 23. Electric fields 24. Gauss law 25. Electric potential 26. Energy and capacitance 27. Current and resistance 28. Direct-current circuits 29. Magnetic fields 30. Magnetic forces 31. Faradays law 32. Inductance 33. Alternating-current circuits 34. Electromagnetic waves Part VI: Light and optics 35. The nature of light and the principles of ray optics 36. Image formation 37. Wave optics 38. Diffraction patterns and polarization Part VII: Quantum physics 39. Quantisation and wave-particle duality 40. Introduction to quantum mechanics 41. Atomic physics 42. Quantum physics of molecules and solids 43. Nuclei and radioactivity 44. Particle physics Appendices: A. SI units B. Mathematics review C. Tables of data
An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The key concepts are carefully presented in a clear way, and new ideas are illustrated with copious worked examples as well as a description of the historical background to their discovery. Applications are presented to subjects as diverse as stellar astrophysics, information and communication theory, condensed matter physics and climate change. Each chapter concludes with detailed exercises.
The second edition of this popular textbook maintains the structure and lively style of the first edition but extends its coverage of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to include several new topics, including osmosis, diffusion problems, Bayes theorem, radiative transfer, the Ising model and Monte Carlo methods. New examples and exercises have been added throughout.
Readership : Suitable for undergraduate students in chemistry, material science and engineering, graduate students in physics and all these subjects, and researchers in physical science subjects wanting an accessible and relevant resource for thermal physics.
An engaging writing style and a strong focus on the physics make this comprehensive, graduate-level textbook unique among existing classical electromagnetism textbooks. Charged particles in vacuum and the electrodynamics of continuous media are given equal attention in discussions of electrostatics, magnetostatics, quasistatics, conservation laws, wave propagation, radiation, scattering, special relativity and field theory. Extensive use of qualitative arguments similar to those used by working physicists makes Modern Electrodynamics a must-have for every student of this subject. In 24 chapters, the textbook covers many more topics than can be presented in a typical two-semester course, making it easy for instructors to tailor courses to their specific needs. Close to 120 worked examples and 80 applications boxes help the reader build physical intuition and develop technical skill. Nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems encourage students to engage actively with the material. A solutions manual is available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/Zangwill.
About the Author
Andrew Zangwill is a Professor of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, with research interests in theoretical condensed matter physics. He is the author of the popular textbook Physics at Surfaces (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and has taught classical electromagnetism at the graduate and undergraduate levels for twenty years.
Clearly written treament elucidates fundamental concepts and demonstrates their plausibility and usefulness. Language is informal, examples are vivid and lively, and the perspectivie is fresh. Based on lectures delivered to engineering students, this work will also be valued by scientists, engineers, technicians, businessmen, anyone facing energy challenges of the future.