© 2002

Understanding Physics

Student Guide


Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 1-2
  3. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 5-6
  4. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 7-20
  5. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 21-23
  6. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 25-72
  7. David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, James Rutherford
    Pages 73-165

About this book


This book, a companion to the textbook, Understanding Physics, is your guide to observations and explorations in the world of physics. Prepare for ch- lenging work, fun, and some surprises. One of the best ways to learn physics is by doing physics, in the laboratory and everywhere. One cannot rely on reading and class work alone. The explorations in this book are your - portunity to gain some actual, hands-on experience with physics. Many of these explorations will assist you to design your own experiments and to discover many of the important ideas of science yourself. As you will see from the Contents, this Student Guide provides a variety of potentially helpful materials. Following the Introduction is a review of units, mathematics, and scientific notation, and a list of suggested further reading and Web Sites. However, a large portion of the Student Guide c- tains further materials relating to many of the textbook chapters, as well as to laboratory explorations. In the section containing “Further Chapter - terials” you will find elaborations on topics in many of the chapters, as well as derivations of important equations. A complete list of the suggested mi- and major-laboratory explorations is also given in the Contents. Each - ploration is keyed to specific portions of the textbook, and lists are also provided of the explorations pertaining to each part of the text.


Potential experiment fields physics units

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Understanding Physics
  • Book Subtitle Student Guide
  • Authors David Cassidy
    Gerald Holton
    James Rutherford
  • Series Title Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-98755-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-21660-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 165
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Physics, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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From the reviews:

"If a book is required which develops the basic concepts of physics in a detailed but completely readable and always interesting way from first principles, then this could certainly be a candidate. It uses the rather outdated historical approach to each chapter’s material, but far from obscuring the important physical results, the approach as used here has been so carefully constructed that one is led to an understanding of the concepts without really noticing that one has arrived!" (Prof. F. W. Bullock, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 44 (6), 2003)

"Understanding Physics is inspired by the famous Project Physics Course … . The inquiry-based laboratory investigations include in-depth explorations, student-designed inquiries, and text-related mini-laboratory explorations that may be used as hands-on activities or as demonstrations with student participation." (Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Vol. 84 (1-3), 2003)