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Classical Mechanics, Volume 4

The universal law of gravitation
Gregory A DiLisi


Classical Mechanics teaches readers how to solve physics problems; in other words, how to put math and physics together to obtain a numerical or algebraic result and then interpret these results physically. These skills are important and will be needed in more advanced science and engineering courses. However, more important than developing problem-solving skills and physical-interpretation skills, the main purpose of this multi-volume series is to survey the basic concepts of classical mechanics and to provide the reader with a solid understanding of the foundational content knowledge of classical mechanics.

Classical Mechanics: The universal law of gravitation focuses on the notion that forces act through their associated fields, which is first introduced when discussing Newton's universal law of gravitation. A huge conceptual leap is required from the reader: an object can cause another object to move without even touching it. This is a difficult concept to reconcile with our everyday experiences but it makes perfect sense when we realize that is exactly how the Earth acts on us. Gravity is able to pull on us even though we are not in direct contact with the Earth. Also, the concept of super-position (and when it is applicable) is introduced. Super-position is crucial to the development of problem-solving skills so it will be illustrated in a number of example problems.

About Editors

Gregory A DiLisi earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He then earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Case Western Reserve University in condensed matter experimental physics. He is currently an associate professor at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, where he has held appointments in two departments: physics and education. As an experimental physicist, he specializes in liquid crystals and complex fluids.

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Getting Ready
Giving Information
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Paperback ISBN: 9780750329996

Ebook ISBN: 9781643273013

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2571/ab1895

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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