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Foundation of Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Volume I: Mechanics, Heat and Sound

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Language:  English
This book introduces the student seeking careers in science and engineering to a fundamental concept driven knowledge in basic physics. The first volume topics covered are mechanics, heat and sound.
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The genesis behind writing a textbook in calculus-based physics stemmed from the fact that most existing textbooks are too detailed and voluminous. In writing this book, the author has minimized inconsequential details and only concentrated on physics concepts. The balance among different components of the book was also paramount. The author has avoided citing too many unwarranted examples and homework problems which create a fatigue environment for the student. This book provides an excellent foundation in physics for the students majoring in science and engineering.

  1. Physical Measurement and Units
    1. The International System of Units (SI)
    2. SI Unit of Mass
    3. Atomic Mass Unit
    4. SI Unit of Time
    5. Problems
  2. Scalars and Vectors
    1. Physics a Mathematical Science
    2. Vector Addition and Subtraction
    3. The Component Method
    4. Unit Vectors and Representations
    5. Vector Multiplications
    6. Problems
  3. Motion in One Dimension
    1. Position and Displacement
    2. Velocity
    3. Acceleration and Deceleration
    4. Time Independent Relations
    5. Free Fall in Vacuum
    6. Problems
  4. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
    1. Position and Displacement
    2. Motion in a Plane
    3. Circular Motion
    4. Frequency and Period
    5. Problems
  5. Force and Dynamics
    1. Newton’s First Law
    2. Newton’s Second Law
    3. Newton’s Third Law
    4. Weight
    5. Elastic Force
    6. Friction and Dissipative Forces
    7. Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion, The Centripetal Force
    8. Problems
  6. Work, Energy and Conservation of Energy
    1. Variable Force
    2. Conservation of Energy
    3. Problems
  7. Momentum, Impulse and Conservation of Momentum
    1. Center of Mass
    2. Newton’s Second Law, revisited
    3. Impulse
    4. Conservation of Momentum
    5. Scattering
    6. Problems
  8. Rotation
    1. Angular Displacement
    2. Angular Velocity
    3. Angular Acceleration
    4. Torque
    5. Angular Momentum
    6. Newton’s Second Law in rotational motion
    7. Angular Momentum, Rotational Kinetic Energy and the Moment of Inertia
    8. Calculation of Moment of Inertia
    9. Conservation of Angular Momentum
    10. Problems
  9. Statics and Elasticity
    1. Static Equilibrium
    2. Center of Gravity
    3. Elasticity
    4. Modulus of Elasticity
    5. Elasticity and Plasticity
    6. Problems
  10. Gravity
    1. Gravity and Newton’s Second Law
    2. Gauss’s Law of Gravity
    3. Gravitational Potential
    4. Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
    5. Orbits of Planets, Spaceships and Satellites
    6. Problems
  11. Oscillations
    1. Simple Harmonic Motion
    2. The Simple Pendulum
    3. Problems
  12. Fluid Mechanics
    1. Density
    2. Pressure
    3. Fluid Dynamics
    4. Problems
  13. Wave Mechanics
    1. Longitudinal and Transverse Waves
    2. Frequency, Period and Wavelength
    3. Wave Velocity
    4. Vibrating String
    5. The Wave Equation
    6. Solution to the Wave Equation
    7. Power and Intensity of Waves
    8. Interference, Standing Waves and Resonances
    9. Problems
  14. Sound
    1. Sound Waves
    2. Speed of Sound
    3. Intensity of Sound
    4. Beat
    5. The Doppler Effect
    6. Problems
  15. Heat and Thermodynamics
    1. Temperature
    2. Units of Temperature
    3. The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
    4. Thermal Expansion
    5. Heat
    6. Heat Conduction
    7. Heat and Work
    8. First Law of Thermodynamics
    9. Problems
  16. The Kinetic Theory of Gases
    1. Mole and the Avogadro’s Number
    2. Ideal Gas
    3. Temperature and Pressure of Gases
    4. Kinetic Energy of Gases
    5. Adiabatic Processes
    6. Problems
  17. Entropy and Second Law of Thermodynamics
    1. Reversible and Irreversible Processes
    2. Enthalpy and Latent Heat
    3. Carnot Cycle
    4. Problems
Good theory and excercises.
This book is so good. It covers all the basics, the fundamental principles which are key in the engineering world. The fact that it has solutions to the given problems makes it more great.
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