Physics: The First Science 1st edition

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Peter Lindenfeld and Suzanne White Brahmia
Publisher: Rutgers University Press


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  • Chapter 1: Atoms to Stars: Scales of Size, Energy, and Force
    • 1.1: The Microbe and the Elephant: the Hierarchy of Size
    • 1.2: Energy and Stability
    • 1.3: The Four Forces
    • 1.4: Atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements
    • 1.5: Seeing Atoms: The Scanning Tunneling Microscope
    • 1.6: Summary
    • 1.7: Review Activities and Problems
    • 1: Guided Review (3)
    • 1: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (4)
    • 1: Multiple Choice (2)
    • 1: Synthesis Problems and Projects (3)

  • Chapter 2: Some Tools of the Trade: Numbers, Quantities, and Units
    • 2.1: The Language of Physics: Symbols and Formulas
    • 2.2: Once More the Four Forces, this Time Quantitatively
    • 2.3: Summary
    • 2.4: Review Activities and Problems
    • 2: Guided Review (3)
    • 2: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (8)
    • 2: Synthesis Problems and Projects (1)

  • Chapter 3: There is No Rest: Describing Motion
    • 3.1: Getting Started: Simplification and Approximation: Models
    • 3.2: Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Where is it and Where is it Going?
    • 3.3: The Mathematics of Change
    • 3.4: Summary
    • 3.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 3: Guided Review (7)
    • 3: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (18)
    • 3: Multiple Choice (7)
    • 3: Synthesis Problems and Projects (2)

  • Chapter 4: Forces and Motion: Newton's Framework
    • 4.1: Newton's Laws of Motion
    • 4.2: Adding Forces: Vectors
    • 4.3: Momentum and its Conservation: Action, Reaction, and Newton's Third Law
    • 4.4: One More Motion That is Everywhere: Rotation
    • 4.5: Summary
    • 4.6: Review Activities and Problems
    • 4: Guided Review (20)
    • 4: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (24)
    • 4: Multiple Choice (7)
    • 4: Synthesis Problems and Projects (1)

  • Chapter 5: Laws and Their Limits: The Organization of Scientific Knowledge
    • 5.1: How Do We Know? Reality and Interpretation
    • 5.2: The Newtonian Model and its Limitations
    • 5.3: Mechanics and Beyond
    • 5.4: Summary
    • 5.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 5: Guided Review (5)
    • 5: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (2)
    • 5: Synthesis Problems and Projects (1)

  • Chapter 6: Energy and Its Conservation
    • 6.1: Work: Not Always What You Think
    • 6.2: Energy of Motion: Kinetic Energy
    • 6.3: Energy of Position: Potential Energy
    • 6.4: Friction and the Loss of Mechanical Energy
    • 6.5: Internal Energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy
    • 6.6: Work and Energy Revisited
    • 6.7: Power: Not What the Power Company Sells
    • 6.8: Summary
    • 6.9: Review Activities and Problems
    • 6: Guided Review (6)
    • 6: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (16)
    • 6: Multiple Choice (5)
    • 6: Synthesis Problems and Projects (1)

  • Chapter 7: Materials and Models
    • 7.1: Ideal Systems and Models: The Ideal Gas
    • 7.2: Other Systems: Adding Pieces from Reality
    • 7.3: Summary
    • 7.4: Review Activities and Problems
    • 7: Guided Review (14)
    • 7: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (4)
    • 7: Multiple Choice (10)

  • Chapter 8: Electricity: It Is Everywhere
    • 8.1: The Electric Force
    • 8.2: The Electric Field
    • 8.3: Field Lines and Flux
    • 8.4: Summary
    • 8.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 8: Guided Review (7)
    • 8: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (10)
    • 8: Multiple Choice (8)

  • Chapter 9: More on Electricity: From Force to Energy, from Field to Potential
    • 9.1: Electric Potential Energy and Electric Potential
    • 9.2: Energy Transformations and Electric Circuits
    • 9.3: Summary
    • 9.4: Review Activities and Problems
    • 9: Guided Review (8)
    • 9: Problems and Reasoning and Skill Building (7)
    • 9: Multiple Choice (7)
    • 9: Synthesis Problems and Projects

  • Chapter 10: Magnetism: Electricity's Traveling Companion
    • 10.1: Again - Force, Field, and Motion
    • 10.2: The Electron: An Old Friend Turns Out to be the Elemental Magnet
    • 10.3: Generating Electricity: Motional EMF and Faraday's Law
    • 10.4: Summary
    • 10.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 10: Guided Review (9)
    • 10: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (8)
    • 10: Multiple Choice (5)
    • 10: Synthesis Problems and Projects (3)

  • Chapter 11: Waves: Mechanical and Electromagnetic
    • 11.1: What is a Wave?
    • 11.2: What can Waves Do? Describing Waves and their Properties
    • 11.3: Sound and Musical Scales
    • 11.4: Maxwell's Great Contribution: Electromagnetic Waves
    • 11.5: Observing Interference of Light
    • 11.6: Reflection and Refraction
    • 11.7: Where Einstein Started: Electromagnetism and Relativity
    • 11.8: Summary
    • 11.9: Review Activities and Problems
    • 11: Guided Review (10)
    • 11: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (15)
    • 11: Multiple Choice (13)
    • 11: Synthesis Problems and Projects (1)

  • Chapter 12: Quantum Physics
    • 12.1: The "Old" Quantum Physics
    • 12.2: The New Synthesis
    • 12.3: Order in the Universe: The Elements
    • 12.4: Summary
    • 12.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 12: Guided Review (12)
    • 12: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (12)
    • 12: Multiple Choice (4)
    • 12: Synthesis Problems and Projects (2)

  • Chapter 13: The Nucleus: Heart of the Atom
    • 13.1: Henri Becquerel, Marie Curie, and the Beginning of Nuclear Physics
    • 13.2: What is the Universe Made of? The Stable Nuclei and their Binding Energy
    • 13.3: Radioactivity
    • 13.4: Biological Effects
    • 13.5: The Nuclear Force
    • 13.6: Observing Radioactive Radiations
    • 13.7: Nuclear Reactions
    • 13.8: Particles
    • 13.9: Summary
    • 13.10: Review Activities and Problems
    • 13: Guided Review (10)
    • 13: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (11)
    • 13: Multiple Choice (4)
    • 13: Synthesis Problems and Projects (8)

  • Chapter 14: Energy in Civilization
    • 14.1: The Flow of Energy
    • 14.2: Electric Energy: What Is it and What Does it Do for Us?
    • 14.3: DC and AC: Transformer and Generator
    • 14.4: Energy Storage
    • 14.5: Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics: The Limits of Energy Transformation
    • 14.6: Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels
    • 14.7: Other Sources of Energy
    • 14.8: Summary
    • 14.9: Review Activities and Problems
    • 14: Guided Review (2)
    • 14: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (1)
    • 14: Synthesis Problems and Projects

  • Chapter 15: Atomic Physics Pays Off: Solar Cells, Transistors, and the Silicon Age
    • 15.1: The Real Solid: Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors
    • 15.2: Tiny Changes and Vast Consequences: Impurities in Semiconductors
    • 15.3: The Transistor and the Information Revolution
    • 15.4: Summary
    • 15.5: Review Activities and Problems
    • 15: Guided Review (2)
    • 15: Problems and Reasoning Skill Building (4)
    • 15: Synthesis Problems and Projects

  • Chapter 16: There is No End
    • 16: There is No End

Physics, the First Science, authored by Peter Lindenfeld and Suzanne White Brahmia, is a new algebra-based introductory text. It presents physics as accessible and down-to-earth and is written in a readable conversational style. This is not a rote retelling of the standard sequence. A reexamination of each topic has led to a book that is shorter even as it includes material not usually found at this level. Learn more about this new textbook.

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Chapter 15: Atomic Physics Pays Off: Solar Cells, Transistors, and the Silicon Age
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Chapter 16: There is No End
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