Summaries, Examples, and Practice Problems
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Physics describes how motion works in everyday life. Clothes washers and rolling pins are undergoing rotational motion. A flying bird uses forces. Tossing a set of keys involves equations that describe motion (kinematics). Two people bumping into each other while cooking in a kitchen involves linear momentum.
This textbook covers topics related to units, kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, circular and rotational motion, Newton’s general equation for gravity, and simple harmonic motion (things that go back and forth). A math review is also included, with a focus on algebra and trigonometry.
The goal of this textbook is to present an introduction to these topics laid out clearly, in small pieces, with examples that readers can relate to. Each topic comes with a short summary, a fully solved example, and practice problems. Full solutions are included for many practice problems, including strategy and math, in addition to the answer.
This book is a very useful study guide for students in introductory physics courses, particularly high school and college students in an algebra-based introductory physics course, and even students in an introductory calculus-level course. It can also be used as a standalone textbook in courses where derivations are not emphasized.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Units and Significant Figures. Chapter 2: Motion in a Straight Line. Chapter 3: Motion in 2 and 3 Dimensions. Chapter 4: Introduction to Forces. Chapter 5: Specific Types of Forces, and Force Problems. Chapter 6: Energy, and Work. Chapter 7: Linear Momentum and Collisions. Chapter 8: Uniform Circular Motion (Moving in a Circle at a Constant Speed. Chapter 9: Rotation: Motion and Forces. Chapter 10: Rotation - Energy, Momentum, and Rolling. Chapter 11: Newton's More General Theory of Gravity. Chapter 12: Simple Harmonic Motion.Chapter 13: Math Review.
Michael Antosh teaches physics at the University of Rhode Island, USA. He obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University.