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    University Physics Volume 3

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    Jeff Sanny, Loyola Marymount University

    Samuel Ling, Truman State University

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    ISBN 13: 9781938168185

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    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Thomas Burton, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on 5/24/21

    The subjects and the depth to which they are covered is superb for most undergraduate classes and contexts. However, it may be insufficient for classes wholly dedicated to either optics or modern physics, or those wanting a deeply mathematical... read more

    Reviewed by Andrew Park, Instructor, College of Alameda on 8/13/19

    The text covers all topics covered in third semester of calculus-based engineering physics, which includes optics, special relativity, and quantum mechanics, as well as a selection of modern physics topics beyond the hydrogen atom. read more

    Reviewed by Hava Turkakin, Visiting Professor, Bucknell University on 1/25/19

    This book covers two main units; 1: Optics, 2: Modern Physics. Each units topics are explained is a very well organized and clear manner. The learning objectives are defined separately for each section. Plenty of examples and solved problems are... read more

    Table of Contents

    Unit 1: Optics

    • Chapter 1: The Nature of Light
    • Chapter 2: Geometric Optics and Image Formation
    • Chapter 3: Interference
    • Chapter 4: Diffraction

    Unit 2: Modern Physics

    • Chapter 5: Relativity
    • Chapter 6: Photons and Matter Waves
    • Chapter 7: Quantum Mechanics
    • Chapter 8: Atomic Structure
    • Chapter 9: Condensed Matter Physics
    • Chapter 10: Nuclear Physics
    • Chapter 11: Particle Physics and Cosmology

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    • 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. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. 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


      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.

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