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Neoclassical Physics


Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 1-18
  3. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 19-54
  4. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 55-86
  5. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 87-130
  6. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 131-158
  7. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 159-188
  8. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 189-216
  9. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 217-250
  10. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 251-290
  11. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 291-318
  12. Mark A. Cunningham
    Pages 319-352
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 353-375

About this book


In this introductory text, physics concepts are introduced as a means of understanding experimental observations, not as a sequential list of facts to be memorized. The book is structured around the key scientific discoveries that led to much of our current understanding of the universe. Numerous exercises are provided that utilize Mathematica software to help students explore how the language of mathematics is used to describe physical phenomena. Topics requiring quantum mechanics for a more complete explanation are identified but not pursued.

In a departure from the traditional methodology and subject matter used in introductory physics texts, this is organized in a manner that will facilitate a guided discovery style of instruction. Students will obtain much more detailed information about fewer topics and will also gain proficiency with Mathematica, a powerful tool with many potential uses in subsequent courses.


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About the authors

Mark Cunningham received his BS in Physics from Rice University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Yale University in 1982. After a lengthy career in industry, working on remote sensing and non-destructive testing, Dr. Cunningham returned to academic pursuits that centered on structural biology. He taught at The University of Texas-Pan American for nine years, including numerous sections of University Physics.

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