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Physics professor and popular science writer, Wiggins, provides the general reader with a fun-filled, entertaining, and truly educational tour. This new paperback edition includes new material and a study guide useful for teachers and self-learners.
Arthur W. Wiggins is the coauthor, with Charles M. Wynn, of the critically acclaimed The Five Biggest Ideas in Science, Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction, The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science, and the textbook Natural Science: Bridging the Gaps. Wiggins is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oakland Community College.
Table of Contents
Introduction-The Scientific Method
A Word About Calculators
Apparatus Needed for All Experiments
Identified Flying Objects
How Things Move-Position, Velocity, and Acceleration
Weight 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie
Why Things Move-Forces and Their Effects
Sources of Forces-The Biggies in Nature
Round and Round It Goes, and Where It Stops … Circular Motion
Outgoing = Incoming
The Ultimate Four-Letter Word-Work
Follow the Bouncing Ball
Oops! Collisions-Impulse and Linear Momentum
You Say You Want a Revolution?
Spinning Wheels, Got to Go Round
Force with a Twist-Torque
The Strange Case of the Body That Doesn't Move-Static Equilibrium
Getting Bent Out of Shape-Elasticity
Gaze Intently at the Swinging Yo-Yo
Back and Forth, Back and Forth … Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves
Magic Spring Tricks
Hey, Listen, What's That Sound?
Gooey and Gassy-Fluids at Their Finest
Soda Bottle Crush
Even Perfection Has Its Flaws-The Ideal Gas
Some Like It Hot-Thermodynamics
Charge It-Electricity at Rest
Who Let the Charges Out?-Electric Current
Resistance Is Futile
Silent Struggles in the Wires-Resistance
We Are Family-Electricity from Magnetism
All Shook Up
LEDs Lead the Way
The Light Dawns-Electromagnetic Waves
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall-Reflection and Refraction of Light
Spreading the Beam
Light's Strangest Tricks-Diffraction and Interference
Einstein's Prodigious Efforts-Special and General Relativity
Laser, not Phasor
Matter's Innards-Atoms and Quantum Mechanics
Half-Life Is Better Than No Life
Atoms' Innards-Nuclear Physics
Down to the Nitty-Gritty-The Standard Model of the Universe's Smallest Constituents
But Wait, There's Even More-The Universe's Biggest Constituents
Additional Resources, Notes, and Credits
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