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1st Edition

Scientific Principles for Physical Geographers

ISBN 9780582369368
Published August 20, 2001 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Science for Geography and Environment introduces students (and academics who need to brush up their knowledge!) to scientific principles in a lively and accessible way, allowing them to proceed through the text at their own pace. The book is structured thematically with a logical development of key topics, all linked by a comprehensive cross-referencing system. Concepts and principles will be grounded in everyday experience and exemplified by reference to geographical/environmental processes. The authors are also testing each stage of the text on their own students, thereby ensuring that student needs are given top priority in the book's development.
 Lively and relevant introduction to those scientific principles necessary to understand key processes occuring within the natural environment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Using Numbers - Integers
3. Fractions
4. Decimals
5. Ratios
6. Powers
7. Logarithms
8. Functions
9. Graphs
10. Mathematical Formulae
11. Nature of Matter - Solids
12. Liquids
13. Gases
14. Temperatre and Pressure Effects
15. Chemical Elements
16. Elements in the Earth's Crust
17. Elements of Biological Importance
18. Atomic Structure
19. Isotopes and Radioactivity
20. Periodic Table
21. Molecules
22. Compounds
23. Chemical Reactions
24. Chemical Formulae
25. Chemical Bonds
26. Ions and Ionic Compunds
27 Ion Exchange
28. Minerlas
29. Crystals
30. Biochemicals
31. pH. Buffer Capacity
32. Acids and Bases
33. Oxidation and Reduction
34. Energy - Types of Energy
35. Energy Transformations
36. Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
37. First Two Laws of Thermo Dynamics
38. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
39. Nature of Light
40. Waves and Photons
41. Magnetism

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