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Physics
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Today's physics textbooks have become encyclopedic, offering students dry discussions, rote formulas, and exercises with little relation to the real world. Physics: The First Science takes a different approach by offering uniquely accessible, student-friendly explanations, historical and philosophical perspectives and mathematics in easy-to-comprehend dialogue. It emphasizes the unity of physics and its place as the basis for all science. Examples and worked solutions are scattered throughout the narrative to help increase understanding. Students are tested and challenged at the end of each chapter with questions ranging from a guided-review designed to mirror the examples, to problems, reasoning skill building exercises that encourage students to analyze unfamiliar situations, and interactive simulations developed at the University of Colorado. With their experience instructing both students and teachers of physics for decades, Peter Lindenfeld and Suzanne White Brahmia have developed an algebra-based physics book with features to help readers see the physics in their lives. Students will welcome the engaging style, condensed format, and economical price.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Additional Notes, Primarily for the Instructor
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Chapter 1 - Atoms to Stars: Scales of Size, Energy, and Force
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter 2 - Some Tools of the Trade: Numbers, Quantities, and Units
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. Chapter 3 - There Is No Rest: Describing Motion
  2. pp. 33-56
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  1. Chapter 4 - Forces and Motion: Newton’s Framework
  2. pp. 57-89
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  1. Chapter 5 - Laws and Their Limits: The Organization of Scientific Knowledge
  2. pp. 90-102
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  1. Chapter 6 - Energy and Its Conservation
  2. pp. 103-134
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  1. Chapter 7 - Materials and Models
  2. pp. 135-157
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  1. Chapter 8 - Electricity: It Is Everywhere
  2. pp. 158-175
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  1. Chapter 9 - More on Electricity: From Force to Energy, from Field to Potential
  2. pp. 176-197
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  1. Chapter 10 - Magnetism: Electricity’s Traveling Companion
  2. pp. 198-222
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  1. Chapter 11 - Waves: Mechanical and Electromagnetic
  2. pp. 223-259
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  1. Chapter 12 - Quantum Physics
  2. pp. 260-292
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  1. Chapter 13 - The Nucleus: Heart of the Atom
  2. pp. 293-321
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  1. Chapter 14 - Energy in Civilization
  2. pp. 322-338
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  1. Chapter 15 - Atomic Physics Pays Off: Solar Cells, Transistors, and the Silicon Age
  2. pp. 339-348
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  1. Chapter 16 - There Is No End
  2. pp. 349-350
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 351-352
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  1. Some Constants, Astronomical Quantities, and Masses
  2. pp. 353-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-366
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  1. About the Author
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