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No-Frills Physics

A Concise Study Guide for Algebra-Based Physics, 1st Edition

By Matthew D. McCluskey

CRC Press

216 pages | 243 B/W Illus.

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This textbook provides everything you need to get through a basic physics course. It guides students through all the essentials with a concise review of the concept, simple illustrations to demonstrate it, worked problems to showcase how to apply it, and a short quiz for self-testing. Whereas other standard books can be overwhelming to students, the author shares what has worked with his own students, trimming back unnecessary detail and focusing on the core basic physical concepts required to gain solid footing. The full range of topics are addressed in a manner that facilitates understanding and will encourage students to continue forward with their learning.

Table of Contents

Motion along one direction. Motion in two dimensions. Forces. Forces and angles. Pulleys. Circular motion. Work and energy. Rotational kinetic energy. Torque. Angular momentum. Static equilibrium. Simple harmonic motion. Springs. Waves. Static fluids. Moving fluids. Ideal gas law. Thermodynamics. Vibrations and Waves. Sound. Electricity. Magnetism. Electromagnetic Induction and Waves. Light Reflection and Refraction. Physical Optics. Relativity. Quantum Mechanics. Atomic Physics. Nucleus. Particles.

About the Author

Matthew D. McCluskey is the Westinghouse Professor and Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) prior to joining the faculty at WSU. His research interests include defects in semiconductors, materials under high pressure, shock compression of semiconductors, and vibrational spectroscopy. He is co-author with Eugene Haller of the textbook Dopants and Defects in Semiconductors.

About the Series

Textbook Series in Physical Sciences

This textbook series offers pedagogical resources for the physical sciences. It publishes high-quality, high-impact texts to improve understanding of fundamental and cutting edge topics, as well as to facilitate instruction. The authors are encouraged to incorporate numerous problems and worked examples, as well as making available solutions manuals for undergraduate and graduate level course adoptions. The format makes these texts useful as professional self-study and refresher guides as well. Subject areas covered in this series include condensed matter physics, quantum sciences, atomic, molecular, and plasma physics, energy science, nanoscience, spectroscopy, mathematical physics, geophysics, environmental physics, and so on, in terms of both theory and experiment.

New books in the series are commissioned by invitation. Authors are also welcome to contact the publisher (Lou Chosen, Executive Editor: to discuss new title ideas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Quantum Theory