Modern Introductory Physics

Hardcover | September 23, 2010

byCharles H. Holbrow, James N. Lloyd, Joseph C. Amato

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This innovative text for first-semester college and university physics students presents the principal elements of physics needed to answer the question: "Why do we believe in atoms and their properties?" Pursuing the theme of the nature of the atom, the book offers a sound introduction to basic physics of the nineteenth and twentieth century, including discussion of important ideas of quantum mechanics. The revised and improved second edition includes two new chapters about the nature of photons and quantum entanglementThis novel text structures a one-semester course of introductory physics around the question: "Why do we believe in atoms and their properties?" Its theme is thus much of 19th and 20th century physics, but it also connects these topics to classical physics. The treatment emphasizes quantitative reasoning and analysis: how are the ideas of physics inferred from the data, and how are the data acquired? After a brief review of the basic terminology of mechanics, the book begins by introducing the atoms of chemistry: elements, compounds, chemical reactions, valence. It then turns to the physicist's hard- sphere atoms: ideal gases, pressure, temperature, viscosity. The first hint of subatomic structure comes from the discovery of the electron, and the discussion thus turns to electricity, magnetism, light, and x- rays. This leads in turn to waves and relativity. The internal structure of the atom (i.e. the nucleus) was discovered in the early part of the 20th century, and the book concludes with the modern insights into the atom: photons radioactivity, the particle/wave duality, quantum mechanics, the Bohr model, and closes the circle back to the chemist's atom with Moseley's law and the periodic table. A large number of problems, some of them based on computer spreadsheets, as well as laboratory exercises serve to clarify students' understanding.

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This innovative text for first-semester college and university physics students presents the principal elements of physics needed to answer the question: "Why do we believe in atoms and their properties?" Pursuing the theme of the nature of the atom, the book offers a sound introduction to basic physics of the nineteenth and twentieth ...

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Modern Introductory Physics, 2nd Edition, by Charles H. Holbrow, James N. Lloyd, Joseph C. Amato, Enrique Galvez, and Beth Parks, is a successful innovative text for teaching introductory college and university physics. It is thematically organized to emphasize the physics that answers the fundamental question: Why do we believe in ato...

Charles H. Holbrow is a professional physicist who for over forty years has taught physics to undergraduates, chiefly at Colgate University but also at Caltech, Haverford College, Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, MIT, Harvard University, and the University of Vienna. His research in nuclear physics and at the...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:680 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.04 inPublished:September 23, 2010Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387790799

ISBN - 13:9780387790794

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Table of Contents

What's going on here?- Some physics you need to know.- The chemist's atoms.- Gas laws.- Hard-sphere atoms.- Electrical charges and electric forces.- Electric fields and electric forces.- Magnetic field and magnetic force.- Electrical atoms and the electron.- Waves and light.- Time and length at high speeds.- Energy and momentum at high speeds.- The granularity of light.- X-Rays.- Particles as waves.- Radioactivity and the atomic nucleus.- Spectra and the Bohr atom.- The Heisenberg uncertainty principle.- Atoms, photons, and quantum mechanics.- Entanglement and non-locality.- Epilogue.- Useful information.- Index.

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From the reviews of the second edition:"Strength of this book's treatment is that atoms are used to link . branches of physics, enabling undergraduates to develop a more coherent understanding of the field. . a helpful summary of the material covered, longer problems are given at the end of each chapter. . The layout is clear and contains many illustrative figures. . I recommended this book as a brave attempt to inject modern physics into the very start of undergraduate life. . First-year undergraduates or advanced A-level students seeking extra material." (Times Higher Education, May, 2011)"Holbrow and colleagues (all, Colgate Univ.) designed this book . for the first course of an innovative three-semester introductory physics sequence at Colgate. . serves to introduce students to contemporary physics quickly. . Even experienced faculty will gain valuable classroom insight from the presentation . . a physics textbook for majors, many general readers with a high school background in math and physics would find it an accessible introduction to these topics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, advanced high school students, and general readers." (J. R. Burciaga, Choice, Vol. 48 (9), May, 2011)