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Light and Matter

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Benjamin Crowell, Fullerton College

Copyright Year: 2010

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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