1st Edition

Describing Motion
The Physical World





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ISBN 9780750307154
Published January 1, 2000 by CRC Press
166 Pages

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Book Description

Describing Motion: The Physical World provides the quantitative description of a variety of physically important motions. Starting with simple examples of motion along a line, the book introduces key concepts, such as position, velocity, and acceleration, using the fundamental rules of differential calculus. Topics include the free-fall motion of micro-gravity test vehicles, the trajectories of long-jumpers, and the orbital motion of satellites and space probes. The book also covers several essential mathematical tools.

Table of Contents

MOTION ALONG A LINE
From drop-towers to Oblivion-some applications of linear motion
Positions along a line
Uniform motion along a line
Nonuniform motion along a line
Uniformly accelerated motion along a line

MOTION IN A PLANE AND IN SPACE
Long jumping-an example of motion in a plane
Position and displacement in a plane
Velocity and acceleration in a plane
Projectile motion
Motion in space

PERIODIC MOTION
Earth satellites-an example of periodic motion
Circular motion
Simple harmonic motion
Orbital motion
Closing motion

CONSOLIDATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Introduction
Overview of chapters 1 to 3
Introducing Physica
Review of skills
Basic skills and knowledge test
Interactive questions
Physica problems

ANSWERS AND COMMENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX

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