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University Physics Volume 1

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Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University

Samuel Ling, Truman State University

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781938168277

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Darrell Lim, Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/20/18

The text follows a very common theme when it comes to how the content is covered: first start off with basic math, then go into kinematics, then dynamics, followed by work and energy, then momentum. They add in rotational aspects of all mechanics... read more

 

Reviewed by John Shaw, Lab Manager/supplemental faculty, University of Delaware on 2/2/18

University Physics, Volume 1 by Ling, Sanny and Moebs covers the typical topics found in a first semester physics course. The example problems are well worked out. Students who are familiar with traditional textbooks should have no problem using... read more

 

Reviewed by Braxton Boren, Assistant Professor, American University on 2/2/18

This book strikes an effective balance between rigor and breadth. It introduces key concepts slowly enough to help many beginners become comfortable with Physics concepts without being overwhelmed. It also allows for a dependable reference for... read more

 

Reviewed by Paul McKenna, Senior Lecturer/Learning & Teaching Lead, Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/2/18

This book is very comprehensive covering every aspect of a major physics first year at any University. It is well orgainised and follows a traditional logical order, ie. units & dimensions, mechanics, heat, E&M,Optics & Modern Physics... read more

 

Reviewed by Don McGlinchey, Professor, Glasgow Caledonian University on 2/2/18

Excellent and detailed coverage of mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves at early years university study. read more

 

Reviewed by Dexian Ye, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 4/12/17

This textbook (university physics volume 2) covers two units of introductory physics, thermodynamics and E&M, although usually we do not combine these two units in a one-semester course in our institute. The electricity and magnetism part can... read more

 

Reviewed by Chadwick Young, Professor of Physics, Nicholls State University on 2/9/17

This is the first in a 3-volume set. It covers all of classical mechanics along with waves and oscillations. It is appropriate for a calculus-based physics course in a 3-semester sequence. Combined with the other volumes, it can be adapted to... read more

 

Reviewed by Lawrence Davis, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 12/6/16

Generally yes. Covers the topics typically covered in the first term of a calculus based introductory (200-level) physics course. I did not see an obviously located index, however the digital format of the book is searchable. However, this feature... read more

 

Table of Contents

Preface
Unit 1. Mechanics

  • Chapter 1: Units and Measurement
  • Chapter 2: Vectors
  • Chapter 3: Motion Along a Straight Line
  • Chapter 4: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
  • Chapter 5: Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Chapter 6: Applications of Newton's Laws
  • Chapter 7: Work and Kinetic Energy
  • Chapter 8: Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy
  • Chapter 9: Linear Momentum and Collisions
  • Chapter 10: Fixed-Axis Rotation
  • Chapter 11: Angular Momentum
  • Chapter 12: Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
  • Chapter 13: Gravitation
  • Chapter 14: Fluid Mechanics

Unit 2. Waves and Acoustics

  • Chapter 15: Oscillations
  • Chapter 16: Waves
  • Chapter 17: Sound

Appendix A: Units
Appendix B: Conversion Factors
Appendix C: Fundamental Constants
Appendix D: Astronomical Data
Appendix E: Mathematical Formulas
Appendix F: Chemistry
Appendix G: The Greek Alphabet
Index

About the Book

University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. This textbook emphasizes connections between between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.

About the Contributors

Authors

Dr. Jeff Sanny earned a BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1974 and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of California–Los Angeles in 1980. He joined the faculty at Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 1980. During his tenure, he has served as department Chair as well as Associate Dean. Dr. Sanny enjoys teaching introductory physics in particular. He is also passionate about providing students with research experience and has directed an active undergraduate student research group in space physics for many years.

Dr. Samuel Ling has taught introductory and advanced physics for over 25 years at Truman State University, where he is currently Professor of Physics and the Department Chair. Dr. Ling has two PhDs from Boston University, one in Chemistry and the other in Physics, and he was a Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, before joining Truman. Dr. Ling is also an author of A First Course in Vibrations and Waves, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ling has considerable experience with research in Physics Education and has published research on collaborative learning methods in physics teaching. He was awarded a Truman Fellow and a Jepson fellow in recognition of his innovative teaching methods. Dr. Ling’s research publications have spanned Cosmology, Solid State Physics, and Nonlinear Optics.