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A Handbook of Mathematical Methods and Problem-Solving Tools for Introductory Physics (Second Edition)

Joshua F Whitney, Heather M Whitney


This is a companion textbook for an introductory course in physics. The purpose is to thoroughly link the theories students learn in class with actual problem-solving techniques. In other words, it addresses the common complaint that 'I feel like I understand the concepts, but I can't do the homework'. This book covers the fundamentals that comprise the majority 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. In addition to updates across the board, this edition includes new material relating to waves, optics, fields, magnetism, and circuits.  Each section focuses on a deeper understanding of the equations you will be using along with problem-solving skills.  Remember that equations themselves are merely tools and you will be in much better shape if you know what tool you are looking for before you start looking. The book will equip you with the problem-solving techniques and conceptual explanations that can be applied to almost anything in your introductory physics course.

About Editors

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 PhD 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 protegé of Joshua. She completed her PhD in Physics at Vanderbilt University, doing research at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science. In addition to teaching physics, she works with undergraduate students on research projects in medical physics.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
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 Magnetic Fields
10 Circuits
11 Modern physics
12 General problem-solving tips


Hardback ISBN: 9780750333979

Ebook ISBN: 9780750333993

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3399-3

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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