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The Handy Physics Answer Book : 2nd Edition - Paul W. Zitzewitz

The Handy Physics Answer Book

2nd Edition

Paperback

Published: 1st February 2011
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Eschewing the usual mathematical explanations for physics phenomena, this approachable reference explains complicated scientific concepts in plain English that everyone can understand. Completely updated to tackle the big issues such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and what really happens in the Large Hadron Collider, this engaging look at physics also spells out why cats always land on their feet, why people appear to have red eyes in photographs, and the real danger of looking at an eclipse. For everyone who ever wondered how a light bulb works or how squirrels avoid electrocution on the power lines, this handbook supplies answers on the physics of everyday life and examines the developments in the exploration of subatomic particles. In addition to the question-and-answer section, an addendum of facts about physicists explains what the Nobel prize is and who has won it, and tells the story of the scientist who was incarcerated for agreeing with Copernicus.

About the Author

Paul W. Zitzewitz, PhD, taught physics at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for more than 35 years and has been honored as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in physics education. He is the author of the high school physics textbook Physics: Principles and Problems. He lives in Northville, Michigan.

"It is often not only convenient, but necessary, to have at hand a reference guide to answer basic questions regarding physics. This book does that and more. This is a great book for anyone." --National Science Teachers Association "If you wondered about one physics idea a day, this resource would answer your questions for over two years . . . Every aspect of our daily life is governed by physics, so this is an extremely useful . . . resource." --National Science Teachers Association "The author does a good job explaining technical concepts simply. Answers are in plain nontechnical English, and formulas and jargon are kept to a minimum. This second edition will find its place with other popular physics books." --"Booklist" (July 6, 2011) ""The Handy Physics Answer Book" is geared toward the general audience but still of value to the scholar. Recommended." --"Christian Library Journal "(November 1, 2011) "[D]istills complicated physics concepts into bite-size explanations in question-and-answer format. The text is clear and easy to understand."-- American Reference Books "The author does a good job explaining technical concepts simply. Answers are in plain nontechnical English, and formulas and jargon are kept to a minimum. This second edition will find its place with other popular physics books."-- Booklist

"The question and answer series is effective and clearly written. This book will be welcomed in the classrooms of middle school and high school, as well as a reference in libraries."-- Children's Literature

..". geared toward the general audience but still of value to the scholar. Recommended."-- Christian Library Journal

"This question-and-answer guide provides brief explanations suitable for quick reference and curious browsers. With a useful list of symbols and glossary."-- Library Journal

"It is often not only convenient, but necessary, to have at hand a reference guide to answer basic questions regarding physics. This book does that and more. This is great book for anyone."-- National Science Teachers Association

"The emphasis on practical applications of the principles of physics, including bridges, golf balls, lasers, calories, and electrical outlets, make this book a good selection for questions related to physics in the real world. This book will be a helpful reference for librarians, teachers, and with encouragement, for youth of all levels."-- VOYA -[D]istills complicated physics concepts into bite-size explanations in question-and-answer format. The text is clear and easy to understand.--- American Reference Books -The author does a good job explaining technical concepts simply. Answers are in plain nontechnical English, and formulas and jargon are kept to a minimum. This second edition will find its place with other popular physics books.--- Booklist -The question and answer series is effective and clearly written. This book will be welcomed in the classrooms of middle school and high school, as well as a reference in libraries.--- Children's Literature -... geared toward the general audience but still of value to the scholar. Recommended.--- Christian Library Journal -This question-and-answer guide provides brief explanations suitable for quick reference and curious browsers. With a useful list of symbols and glossary.--- Library Journal -It is often not only convenient, but necessary, to have at hand a reference guide to answer basic questions regarding physics. This book does that and more. This is great book for anyone.--- National Science Teachers Association -The emphasis on practical applications of the principles of physics, including bridges, golf balls, lasers, calories, and electrical outlets, make this book a good selection for questions related to physics in the real world. This book will be a helpful reference for librarians, teachers, and with encouragement, for youth of all levels.--- VOYA

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Bibliographyp. 323
Symbolsp. 327
Glossaryp. 331
Indexp. 359
The Basicsp. 1
Measurement
Careers in Physics
Famous Physicists
The Nobel Prize
Motion and its Causesp. 25
Force and Newton's Laws of Motion
Momentum and Energyp. 55
Momentum
Energy
Staticsp. 83
Center of Gravity
Statics
Bridges and Other ôStaticö Structures
Fluidsp. 95
Water Pressure
Blood Pressure
Atmospheric Pressure
Sinking and Floating: Buoyancy
Fluid Dynamics: Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Aerodynamics
The Sound Barrier
Supersonic Flight
Thermal Physicsp. 117
Thermal Energy
Temperature and Its Measurement
Absolute Zero
States of Matter
Heat
Thermodynamics
Wavesp. 137
Water Waves
Electromagnetic Waves
Communicating with Electromagnetic Waves
Putting Information on Electromagnetic Waves
Microwaves
The Principle of Superposition
Resonance
Impedance
The Doppler Effect
Radar
NEXRAD Doppler Radar
Radio Astronomy
Soundp. 165
Speed of Sound
Hearing
Ultrasonics and Infrasonics
Intensity of Sound
Acoustics
Musical Acoustics
Noise Pollution
Lightp. 187
The Speed of Light
Polarization of Light
Opaque, Transparent, and Translucent Materials
Shadows
Reflection
Mirrors
Refraction
Lenses
Fiber Optics
Diffraction and Interference
Color
Rainbows
Eyesight
Cameras
Telescopes
Electricityp. 231
Leyden Jars and Capacitors
Van de Graaf Generators
Lightning
Safety Precautions
Current Electricity
Resistance
Superconductors
Ohm's Law
Electric Power and Its Uses
Circuits
AC/DC
Series/Parallel Circuits
Electrical Outlets
Magnetismp. 261
Electromagnetism
Electromagnetic Technology
Magnetic Fields in Space
What is the World Made of?p. 273
At the Heart of the Atomp. 289
Unanswered Questionsp. 309
Beyond the Proton and Neutron
Entanglement, Teleportation, and Quantum Computing
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ISBN: 9781578593057
ISBN-10: 1578593050
Series: Handy Answer Book Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 1st February 2011
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 2