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Properties of Materials

1st Edition

By P.F. Kelly

CRC Press

427 pages | 302 B/W Illus.

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The second volume in the author’s three-part series, Properties of Materials uses the principles of classical mechanics to qualitatively and quantitatively model specific features of matter.

The text develops linear models of elasticity to correlate and quantify the changes in an object’s shape induced by the application of a constant force. It describes quiescent and flowing liquids and gases and examines the behavior of oscillating systems subjected to time-dependent external applied forces. The author employs linear superposition to analyze the combined effects of two or more waves simultaneously present in a medium, such as standing waves, beating, interference, and diffraction. The book considers acoustics, including the production, propagation, and perception of sound, as well as optics, including the laws of reflection and refraction. It also treats temperature, heat, and thermometry before applying the laws of thermodynamics to ideal gas systems. Throughout the investigations of particular phenomena, the author emphasizes the modeling of composite systems assembled from simple constituents.

This text extends the rigorous calculus-based introduction to classical physics begun in his Elements of Mechanics. With more than 300 problems, it can serve as a primary textbook in an introductory physics course, as a student supplement, or as an exam review for graduate or professional studies.

Solutions manual available upon qualifying course adoption

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Table of Contents


‘Tidings’ of Rigidity’s Breakdown

Elastic Properties of Solids

Elastic Solids in Series and Parallel

Fluid Statics


Fluid Dynamics: Flux

Bernoulli’s Equation

No Confusion, It’s Just Diffusion

Baby, It’s Viscous Outside

Gas Gas Gas

Through the Earth and Back

Introduction to Simple Harmonic Oscillation


Springs in Series and Parallel

SHO: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Energetics

Damped Oscillation: Qualitative

Damped Oscillation: Explicitly

Forced Oscillations

Impedance and Power


The First Wave

Wave Dynamics and Phenomenology

Linear Superposition of Waves

Linear Superposition of Rightmoving Harmonic Waves

Standing Waves

Transverse Waves: Speed and Energetics

Speed of Longitudinal Waves

Energy Content of Longitudinal Waves

Inhomogeneous Media

Doppler Shifts

Huygens’ Principle, Interference, and Diffraction

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye


Mirror Mirror


Through a Glass Darkly

Temperature and Thermometry


Convective and Conductive Heat Flow

Radiative Heat Flow

More Radiation

Laws of Thermodynamics 0 and 1

The First Law of Thermodynamics

First Law Encore

Isotherms and Adiabats

Thermodynamic Cycles and Heat Engines

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Entropy Musings and the Third Law

The Canonical Ensemble

Maxwell–Boltzmann Distribution Derived, Dulong and Petit Revisited


Materials Problems

Elasticity Problems

Fluids Problems

Oscillation Problems

Wave Problems

Acoustics and Optics Problems

Thermodynamics Problems

List of Symbols


About the Author

P.F. Kelly is an associate professor of physics at Ave Maria University in Florida. He previously held a faculty position at North Dakota State University and he undertook post-doctoral studies at the Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Winnipeg. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Toronto. His areas of interest include theoretical, particle, gravitational, mathematical, and computational physics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics