Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics

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Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics

By James Trefil, Robert M. Hazen

Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics is an introductory physics course that conveys the principles of physics in a manner that is understandable to non-majors. This course is clear, engaging, and contemporary, and pays particular attention to the relevance of physics in comprehending our modern technological society and the issues created by those technologies. It offers a broad, relatively non-mathematical survey of all the standard topics in physics.

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Chapter 1. Science: A Way of Knowing
Chapter 2. The Language of Science
Chapter 3. Motions in the Universe
Chapter 4. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion
Chapter 5. The Law of Universal Gravitation
Chapter 6. Conservation of Linear Momentum
Chapter 7. Rotational Motion of an Object
Chapter 8. Kinetic and Potential Energy
Chapter 9. Atomic Structure and Phases of Matter
Chapter 10. Properties of Matter
Chapter 11. Heat and Temperature
Chapter 12. The First Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 13. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 14. Vibrations and Waves
Chapter 15. Sound
Chapter 16. Electric and Magnetic Forces
Chapter 17. Electromagnetic Interactions
Chapter 18. Electric Circuits
Chapter 19. The Electromagnet ic Spectrum
Chapter 20. Classical and Modern Optics
Chapter 21. Atomic Structure and Interactions
Chapter 22. Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 23. Chemical Bonds and Physical Properties
Chapter 24. Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
Chapter 25. Semiconductor Devices and Information Technology
Chapter 26. The Nucleus of The Atom
Chapter 27. The Ultimate Structure of Matter
Chapter 28. Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
Chapter 29. Cosmology

A. Units and Numbers
B. Selected Physical Constants
C. Periodic Table and Atomic Weights
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