The Language of Physics: A Foundation for University Study

Paperback | September 28, 2008

byJohn P. Cullerne, Anton Machacek

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This book introduces physics to a first year undergraduate in the language of mathematics. As such it aims to give a mathematical foundation to the physics taught pre-university, as well as extending it to the skills and disciplines approached during a first degree course in physical scienceor engineering. It bridges two gaps in modern education - between the level of difficulty in pre-university study and undergraduate study, and between mathematics and physics. Many of the concepts are revised or introduced in the course of 'workshop' questions which are an integral part of thetext. Fully explained solutions to these workshops are given as a substantial appendix to the book. The student will be enabled to study classical mechanics in terms of vector calculus, fields in terms of line and surface integrals, oscillations and waves in terms of complex exponentials and soon. As far as we are aware, this book is unique in its aim, its content, and its approach.

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This book introduces physics to a first year undergraduate in the language of mathematics. As such it aims to give a mathematical foundation to the physics taught pre-university, as well as extending it to the skills and disciplines approached during a first degree course in physical scienceor engineering. It bridges two gaps in mode...

John P. Cullerne Head of Physics Winchester College Anton Machacek Head of Physics Royal Grammar School High Wycombe
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.47 inPublished:September 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199533806

ISBN - 13:9780199533800

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Table of Contents

1. Linear Mechanics2. Fields3. Rotation4. Oscillations and Waves5. Circuits6. Thermal Physics7. Miscellany8. Summary of EquationsWorkshop Solutions

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`This is an excellently written textbook that explains very clearly how to describe physical processes in terms of mathematics. This is an essential skill that undergraduates need to acquire and there are many illuminating problems given on mechanics, fields, rotation, oscillations and waves,circuits, and thermal physics. While it is principally aimed at first year undergraduates in physics or engineering, it would also be a very useful preparatory textbook for students about to start at university. It is highly recommended. 'Nick Jelley, University of Oxford