A comprehensive inrtoduction to physics, this title covers the main branches of the science and the key ideas that run through the subject. Current challenges in physics are also outlined and the mathematical skills required for this branch of science are gradually explained.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Starting physics: physics in practice; density tests. Part 2 Science in motion: measuring motion; accelerated motion along a straight line. Part 3 Forces in action: Newton's laws of motion; stability. Part 4 Machines at work: work, energy and power; efficiency and power. Part 5 Thermal physics: heat and temperature; thermal properties of materials. Part 6 Engines and thermodynamics: heat engines; the laws of thermodynamics. Part 7 Electricity: the nature of electricity; electric circuits; electricity at work; electricity in the home. Part 8 The nature of light: properties of light; theories of light. Part 9 Materials and molecules: atoms and molecules: more about bonds; solids and structures; molecules in fluids; pressure. Part 10 The age of new physics: Quantum theory; relativity. Part 11 The structure of the matter: inside the atom; radioactivity; quarks and leptons. Part 12 Energy from the nucleus: nuclear fission; nuclear reactors; energy options for the future. Part 13 Journey into space: about gravity; the expanding universe. Part 14 A challenging future: the frontiers of physics; an unpredictable future; answers to numerical questions.