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Principles of Physics

For Scientists and Engineers

  • Very didactical textbook

  • Presents the mathematical basics for each topic

  • Contains many exercises and solutions for teaching and learning

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Fundamental Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 3-15
    3. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 17-38
  3. Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 41-70
    3. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 71-102
    4. Hafez A. Radi, John O Rasmussen
      Pages 103-135
    5. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 137-180
    6. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 181-225
    7. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 227-268
    8. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 269-302
    9. Hafez A. Radi, John O Rasmussen
      Pages 303-354
  4. Introductory Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Hafez A. Radi, John O Rasmussen
      Pages 357-378
    3. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 379-425
    4. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 427-448
  5. Sound and Light Waves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-449
    2. Hafez A. Radi, John O Rasmussen
      Pages 451-497
    3. Hafez A. Radi, John O. Rasmussen
      Pages 499-530

About this book

Introduction

This textbook presents a basic course in physics to teach mechanics, mechanical properties of matter, thermal properties of matter, elementary thermodynamics, electrodynamics, electricity, magnetism, light and optics and sound. It includes simple mathematical approaches to each physical principle, and all examples and exercises are selected carefully to reinforce each chapter. In addition, answers to all exercises are included that should ultimately help solidify the concepts in the minds of the students and increase their confidence in the subject. Many boxed features are used to separate the examples from the text and to highlight some important physical outcomes and rules. The appendices are chosen in such a way that all basic simple conversion factors, basic rules and formulas, basic rules of differentiation and integration can be viewed quickly, helping student to understand the elementary mathematical steps used for solving the examples and exercises.

Instructors teaching form this textbook will be able to gain online access to the solutions manual which provides step-by-step solutions to all exercises contained in the book. The solutions manual also contains many tips, colored illustrations, and explanations on how the solutions were derived.

Keywords

electricity fluid- and aerodynamics light waves magnetism mechanical properties of matter mechanics optics oscillations and waves physics, general sound sound waves thermal properties of matter thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.and Arts, Physics DepartmentOctober University for Modern Sciences6th of October CityEgypt
  2. 2.Berkeley, CAUSA

About the authors

Professor Hafez A. Radi is Professor of Physics and Head of General Systems Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, MSA university, Egypt. 

John O. Rasmussen is Emeritus Professor in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, USA. 

Bibliographic information

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Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The book follows the basic organization of an introductory physics course and covers all of the topics with sufficient depth … . The book contains all the essentials, showing different applications for varied laws of physics and introducing the working principles of some of the instruments that students might work with in a physics lab. … a textbook to read before a lecture on a specific topic, as the student can familiarize himself with the definitions and mathematics used.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, August, 2014)

“I recommend this book to people who need easy and direct access to a wide spectrum of physics theories to apply practically in their professional life. This is a very well written text book. I love the colorful diagrams and illustrations. I would highly recommend this book for any respectful universities and colleges. Students would invest once in this book and use it in multiple courses.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, March, 2014)