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How things work : the physics of everyday life / Louis A. Bloomfield.

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Author/Creator:
Bloomfield, Louis.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2010
Imprint:
4th ed. - Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2010.
Format:
  • Book
  • xviii, 614 p. : ill. (some col.) 26 cm.
Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
  • 1. The laws of motion, part 1
  • Experiment : removing a tablecloth from a table
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 1.1. Skating
  • 1.2. Falling balls
  • 1.3. Ramps
  • Epilogue for chapter 1
  • Explanation : removing a tablecloth from a table
  • 2. The laws of motion, part 2
  • Experiment : a spinning pinwheel
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 2.1. Wind turbines
  • 2.2. Wheels
  • 2.3. Bumper cars
  • Epilogue for chapter 2
  • Explanation : a spinning pinwheel
  • 3. Mechanical objects, part 1
  • Experiment : swinging water overhead
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 3.1. Spring scales
  • 3.2. Ball sports : bouncing
  • 3.3. Carousels and roller coasters
  • Epilogue for chapter 3
  • Explanation : swinging water overhead
  • 4. Mechanical objects, part 2
  • Experiment high-flying balls
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 4.1. Bicycles
  • 4.2. Rockets and space travel
  • Epilogue for chapter 4
  • Explanation : high flying balls
  • 5. Fluids
  • Experiment : a Cartesian diver
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 5.1. Balloons
  • 5.2. Water distribution
  • Epilogue for chapter 5
  • Explanation : a Cartesian diver
  • 6. Fluids and motion
  • Experiment : a vortex cannon
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 6.1. Garden watering
  • 6.2. Ball sports : air
  • 6.3. Airplanes
  • Epilogue for chapter 6
  • Explanation : a vortex cannon
  • 7. Heat and phase transitions
  • Experiment : a ruler thermometer
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 7.1. Woodstoves
  • 7.2. Water, steam, and ice
  • 7.3. Clothing, insulation, and climate
  • Epilogue for chapter 7
  • Explanation : a ruler thermometer
  • 8. Thermodynamics
  • Experiment : making fog in a bottle
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 8.1. Air conditioners
  • 8.2. Automobiles
  • Epilogue for chapter 8
  • Explanation : making fog in a bottle.
  • 9. Resonance and mechanical waves
  • Experiment : a singing wineglass
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 9.1. Clocks
  • 9.2. Musical instruments
  • 9.3. The sea
  • Epilogue for chapter 9
  • Explanation : a singing wineglass
  • 10. Electricity
  • Experiment : moving water without touching it
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 10.1. Static electricity
  • 10.2. Xerographic copiers
  • 10.3. Flashlights
  • Epilogue for chapter 10
  • Explanation : moving water without touching it
  • 11. Magnetism and electrodynamics
  • Experiment : a nail and wire electromagnet
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 11.1. Household magnets
  • 11.2. Electric power distribution
  • 11.3. Hybrid automobiles
  • Epilogue for chapter 11
  • Explanation : a nail and wire electromagnet
  • 12. Electronics
  • Experiment : building an electronic kit
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 12.1. Power adapters
  • 12.2. Audio players
  • Epilogue for chapter 12
  • Explanation : building an electronic kit
  • 13. Electromagnetic waves
  • Experiment : a disc in the microwave oven
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 13.1. Radio
  • 13.2. Microwave ovens
  • Epilogue for chapter 13
  • Explanation : a disc in the microwave oven
  • 14. Light
  • Experiment : splitting the colors of sunlight
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 14.1. Sunlight
  • 14.2. Discharge lamps
  • 14.3. Lasers and LEDs
  • Epilogue for chapter 14
  • Explanation : splitting the colors of sunlight
  • 15. Optics
  • Experiment : focusing sunlight
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 15.1. Cameras
  • 15.2. Optical recording and communication
  • Epilogue for chapter 15
  • Explanation : focusing sunlight
  • 16. Modern physics
  • Experiment : radiation-damaged paper
  • Chapter itinerary
  • 16.1. Nuclear weapons
  • 16.2. Nuclear reactors
  • 16.3. Medical imaging and radiation
  • Epilogue for chapter 16
  • Explanation : radiation-damaged paper
  • Appendices
  • A. Vectors
  • B. Units, conversion of units
  • Glossary
  • Index.
Summary:
How Things Work uses familiar objects to introduce basic physics concepts, demonstrating the excitement and relevance to professionals in a variety of technical fields. Because its structure is defined by real-life examples, this book explores concepts as they're needed and then revisits them later on when they reappear in other objects. It integrates case studies throughout the chapters to easily convey an understanding and appreciation for physics. For example, discussions of skating, falling balls, and bumper cars are included to explain the Laws of Motion. Air conditioners and automobiles are used to explore thermodynamics. Engineers, architects, and professionals in other technical fields will benefit from the material that connects science to our everyday world.
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ISBN:
9780470223994
0470223995

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