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1st Edition

Cartoon Physics
A Graphic Novel Guide to Solving Physics Problems

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ISBN 9781138598782
April 1, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
272 Pages 225 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How can a graphic novel teach you to solve physics problems? By making the process more fun and more engaging for readers, this practical guide really works to help students tackle real problems in algebra-based college physics. Along the way, readers will also be equipped with useful problem-solving techniques and physical concepts.


This problem-solving guide, developed by physicist/author Dr. Scott Calvin and engineer/artist Dr. Kirin Furst, is aimed at students in college-level general physics courses. Instead of just providing brief answers to sample questions or discussions of physics concepts without showing how to apply them to difficult problems, Cartoon Physics stresses how to approach problems, what to do if you get stuck, and techniques that can be applied broadly.

--Detailed, step-by-step solutions for more than one hundred college-level exam problems.
--Graphic novel (cartoon) format
--Formula sheet, units sheet, and technique-choice flowchart
--Task Tags indexing problems by technique (momentum, energy) no matter what chapter they appear in
--A t-rex on a trampoline!

Table of Contents

1. Kinematics  2. Trigonometry Vectors & Projectiles 3. Dynamics  4. Circular Motion  5. Energy  6. Momentum  7. Rotational Physics  8. Fluids  9. Simple Harmonic Motion  10. Waves and Sound  11. Gasses and Thermodynamics  12. Electric Fields  13. Electric Potential  14. Circuits  15. Magnetism  16. Induction  17. Electromagnetic Waves  18. Geometric Optics  19. Physical Optics  20. Special Relativity  21. Quantum Physics  22.  Final Exam

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Scott Calvin is an expert in physics education and curriculum development. From 1988 through 1996, he ran Mirare Services, a tutoring service which included a focus on college physics. He has done a variety of work with Examkrackers, a test-preparation company, including editorial duties, responding to student questions on physics and chemistry on their website, and co-authoring a best-selling solved-problems book in MCAT chemistry. More recently, he wrote XAFS for Everyone, a handbook on x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy featuring the use of cartoon characters to provide commentary and perspective. Dr. Calvin was previously a professor of physics at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as pre-health advisor at Lehman College of the City University of New York in the Bronx.

Kirin Emlet Furst is a multimedia artist, writer, and aspiring scientist. She received her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College, where she conducted research with Dr. Calvin and discovered her passion for the physical sciences. Her artistic endeavors include founding the publication Hunted Hero Comics at Hunter College, and illustrating XAFS for Everyone, her first print collaboration with Dr. Calvin. Ms.Furst currently attends the Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.