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    Light and Matter

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    Benjamin Crowell, Fullerton College

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    Last Update: 2020

    Publisher: Benjamin Crowell

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Esperanza Zenon, Associate Professor, River Parishes Community College on 6/20/17

    This textbook does include many of the standard topics appropriate for an introductory physics course. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover these topics on a level that supports the attainment of mastery for the user. There are examples worked in this... read more

    Reviewed by Ulrich Zurcher, Associate Professor, Cleveland State University on 1/12/15

    While the book “nominally” covers all the topic of an introductory physics course [either algebra- or calculus-based], the topics are not covered at a level appropriate for a standard college-level course. For example, in the chapters on forces,... read more

    Table of Contents

    • 0 Introduction and review
    • 1 Scaling and estimation
    • 2 Velocity and relative motion
    • 3 Acceleration and free fall
    • 4 Force and motion
    • 5 Analysis of forces
    • 6 Newton's laws in three dimensions
    • 7 Vectors
    • 8 Vectors and motion
    • 9 Circular motion
    • 10 Gravity
    • 11 Conservation of energy
    • 12 Simplifying the energy zoo
    • 13 Work: the transfer of mechanical energy
    • 14 Conservation of momentum
    • 15 Conservation of angular momentum
    • 16 Thermodynamics
    • 17 Vibrations
    • 18 Resonance
    • 19 Free waves
    • 20 Bounded waves
    • 21 Electricity and circuits
    • 22 The nonmechanical universe
    • 23 Relativity and magnetism
    • 24 Electromagnetism
    • 25 Capacitance and inductance
    • 26 The atom and E=mc$^2$
    • 27 General relativity
    • 28 The ray model of light
    • 29 Images by reflection
    • 30 Images, quantitatively
    • 31 Refraction
    • 32 Wave optics
    • 33 Rules of randomness
    • 34 Light as a particle
    • 35 Matter as a wave
    • 36 The atom

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    About the Book

    This is an introductory text intended for a one-year introductory course of the type typically taken by biology majors, or for AP Physics B. Algebra and trig are used, and there are optional calculus-based sections.

    About the Contributors


    Ben Crowell teaches physics at Fullerton College, a community college in southern California. PhD in physics from Yale.

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