A Handbook of Mathematical Methods and Problem-Solving Tools for Introductory Physics

A Handbook of Mathematical Methods and Problem-Solving Tools for Introductory Physics

Joshua F. Whitney and Heather M. Whitney
ISBN: 9781681742809 | PDF ISBN: 9781681742816
Copyright © 2017 | 70 Pages | Publication Date: November, 2016

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This is a companion textbook for an introductory course in physics. It thoroughly links the theories students learn in class with actual problem-solving techniques. In other words, it should address the common complaint that "I feel like I understand the concepts but I can't do the homework or tests." This book covers the fundamentals that will comprise the lion's share of a physics course in as simple and concise terms as possible, with a particular emphasis on how the fundamental concepts and equations allow students to solve problems.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Kinematics
3. Newton's laws
4. Energy and momentum
5. Circular and rotational motion
6. Basic Optics
7. The Right-hand Rule
8. Electric fields and electric potential
9. Circuits
10. Modern physics
11. General problem-solving tips

About the Author(s)

Joshua F. Whitney and Heather M. Whitney, Wheaton College
Joshua F. Whitney and Heather M. Whitney have both taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL in a variety of roles in the Department of Physics. Joshua is also an amateur bodybuilder and Megaman enthusiast. He completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Tennessee, working in theoretical particle physics. Since then he has spent considerable time teaching introductory and upper level physics classes and labs. Heather is also an amateur gardener and cook, and fitness protégé of Joshua. She completed her Ph.D. in Physics at Vanderbilt University, doing research in the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science. In addition to teaching physics, she works with undergraduate students on research projects in medical physics.

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