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Light and Matter

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Benjamin Crowell, Fullerton College

Pub Date: 2010

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Esperanza Zenon, Associate Professor, River Parishes Community College on 6/21/17

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 1/13/15

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

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.