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  • April 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-11131-6
  • 336 pages
  • Volume(s): 3 / Parts 6 / Chapters 36-41
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Physics for Engineers and Scientists

Third Edition

Ebook, Online Version

Volume(s): 3 / Parts 6 / Chapters 36-41

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Hans C. Ohanian (Author, University of Vermont), John T. Markert (Author, University of Texas, Austin)


Designed for the introductory calculus-based physics course, Physics for Engineers and Scientists is distinguished by its lucid exposition and accessible coverage of fundamental physical concepts.

The text presents a modern view of classical mechanics and electromagnetism for today's science and engineering students, including coverage of optics and quantum physics and emphasizing the relationship between macroscopic and microscopic phenomena.

Organized to address specific concepts and then build on them, this highly readable text divides each chapter into short, focused sections followed by review questions. Using real-world examples, the authors offer a glimpse of the practical applications of physics in science and engineering, developing a solid conceptual foundation before introducing mathematical results and derivations (a basic knowledge of derivatives and integrals is assumed).


An exposition focuses on the core concepts

Each chapter in Ohanian and Markert begins with a visually compelling, real-world “Concepts-in-Context” teaching example that motivates learning and previews a few of the chapter’s key concepts. This opening vignette includes several leading questions that highlight the chapter content and provide a common touchstone for new concepts as they are introduced.

Within the chapters, conceptual discussions precede mathematical computations, seamlessly guiding students from exposition to worked examples. Many chapters also include short Physics-in-Practice essays that apply concepts to real-world phenomena.

By emphasizing real-world data in the chapter openers, worked examples, and end-of chapter review problems, the book helps students to develop the confidence to apply physics in their subsequent science and engineering courses.

An active-learning approach makes students better problem solvers

With more in-chapter review material than any other text, Ohanian and Markert encourage students to test their conceptual understanding and practice their problem-solving skills as they read. Nearly 400 worked examples feature detailed solutions that demonstrate the concepts and thoroughly explain the strategies used to solve a given problem.

Nearly every section within a chapter closes with Checkup Questions in which students are asked to pause and review the concepts they’ve just learned. The final Checkup question is always in a multiple-choice format—specifically designed for interactive teaching.

Occasional Problem-Solving Techniques and Math Help boxes provide additional support when students need it most.

Many figures in the text contain balloon captions that point to important features within the figure. Often these captions demonstrate a cause-effect or sequential thought process, providing an informative supplement to the conventional figure caption.

An optional Student Activity Workbook reinforces the explanation of core concepts in the text and provides opportunities for group- and experience-based learning.

An integrated learning package reinforces the emphasis on core concepts and problem-solving skills.

From SmartWork, Norton’s online homework-management system, to the Online Concept Tutorials and Instructor’s CD-ROM, each element of the Ohanian and Markert package mirrors the text’s emphasis on mastering the core concepts and solving problems. In addition, the support package offers a variety of presentations for essential concepts, broadening students’ opportunities to learn and review.

    Part VI. Relativity, Quanta and Particles

    36. The Theory of Special Relativity

    1. 36.1 The Speed of Light; the Ether
    2. 36.2 Einstein’s Principle of Relativity
    3. 36.3 Time Dilation
    4. 36.4 Length Contraction
    5. 36.5 The Lorentz Transformations and the Combination of Velocities
    6. 36.6 Relativistic Momentum and Energy
    7. 36.7 Mass and Energy

    37. Quanta of Light

    1. 37.1 Blackbody Radiation
    2. 37.2 Energy Quanta
    3. 37.3 Photons and the Photoelectric Effect
    4. 37.4 The Compton Effect
    5. 37.5 X Rays
    6. 37.6 Wave vs. Particle

    38. Spectral Lines, Bohr’s Theory, and Quantum Mechanics

    1. 38.1 Spectral Lines
    2. 38.2 The Spectral Series of Hydrogen
    3. 38.3 The Nuclear Atom
    4. 38.4 Bohr’s Theory
    5. 38.5 Quantum Mechanics: The Schrödinger Equation

    39. Quantum Structure of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids

    1. 39.1 Principal, Orbital, and Magnetic Quantum Numbers; Spin
    2. 39.2 The Exclusion Principle and the Structure of Atoms
    3. 39.3 Energy Levels in Molecules
    4. 39.4 Energy Bands in Solids
    5. 39.5 Semiconductor Devices

    40. Nuclei

    1. 40.1 Isotopes
    2. 40.2 The Strong Force and the Binding Energy
    3. 40.3 Radioactivity
    4. 40.4 The Law of Radioactive Decay
    5. 40.5 Fission
    6. 40.6 Nuclear Bombs and Nuclear Reactors
    7. 40.7 Fusion

    41. Elementary Particles and Cosmology

    1. 41.1 The Tools of High-Energy Physics
    2. 41.2 The Multitude of Particles
    3. 41.3 Interactions and Conservation Laws
    4. 41.4 Fields and Quanta
    5. 41.5 Quarks
    6. 41.6 Cosmology