In our medical age an knowing of physics is a part of a liberal schooling. attorneys, bankers, governors, company heads, directors, all clever informed humans desire a lasting knowing of physics a good way to take pleasure in these contacts with technology and scientists which are a part of our civilization either materially and intellectually. they want wisdom and realizing rather than the sentiments, all too universal, that physics is darkish and mysterious and that physicists are an odd individuals with incomprehensible pursuits. any such experience of figuring out technological know-how and scientists will be received neither from sermons at the great thing about technology nor from the rigorous classes that faculties have provided for generations; while the headache clears away it leaves little yet a harassed feel of poser. neither is the necessity met through survey classes that supply a smorgasbord of tidbit--they provide technological know-how a foul identify as a compendium of knowledge or formulas.

The non-scientist wishes a process learn that allows him to benefit genuine technological know-how and make its own--with pride. For lasting advantages the clever non-scientist wishes a process research that allows him to profit actual technological know-how conscientiously after which encourages him to contemplate it and use it. He wishes a delicately chosen framework of topics--not such a lot of that studying turns into superficial and moved quickly; no longer so few that he misses the attached nature of clinical paintings and considering. He needs to see how medical wisdom is outfitted up via development a few clinical wisdom of his personal, by way of interpreting and discussing and if attainable through doing experiments himself. He needs to imagine his personal manner via a few medical arguments. He needs to shape his personal opinion, with information, in regards to the elements performed through scan and thought; and he has to be proven how you can advance a style for stable thought. He needs to see a number of forms of medical approach at paintings. And in particular, he needs to take into consideration technological know-how for himself and revel in that. those are the issues that this ebook encourages readers to achieve, through their very own learn and thinking.

Physics for the Inquiring Mind is a ebook for the inquiring brain of scholars in collage and for different readers who are looking to develop in clinical knowledge, who need to know what physics particularly is.

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C. C. Pratt, with ability and devotion which could merely be rewarded via an artist's get pleasure from inventive paintings. primarily, I desire to supply distinct due to my editorial affiliate, Mr. Tracy H. Logan, now of the Physics division, Hobart university. during years, he has taken cost of many arrangements for me. He has drawn a few diagrams, processed different diagrams for the click, supervised draftsmen; he has searched out facts, given necessary feedback, stored account of alterations, equipped files; usually, he has controlled the construction of fabric. He has taken an excellent load of accountability, with authority and judgment; and i'm very thankful. with no his ability and devotion, this e-book wouldn't be released now. This publication owes its current shape to the nice and cozy en­ couragement and admirable ability of the Princeton collage Press. I desire to thank the Director, Mr. Herbert Bailey, and the 2 Editors who labored with me, Mr. Benjamin F. Houston and Mr. John Boles: all gave skillful support and welcome inspire­ ment. i might additionally wish to thank the unseen specialists of an excellent Press: the 2 typesetters who trans­ shaped manuscript into linotype; the proofreaders who kept blunders with consummate ability; and the hand-compositors who assembled pages. and that i desire to thank Mr. Jay F. Wilson, now technological know-how Editor of the Princeton college Press, who took cost within the ultimate phases. i'm thankful for his reliable suggestion and his capable, enthusiastic support. I desire to thank the Carnegie company of recent York for contributing, in the past, to the writing of the e-book by means of supplying a part of a sabbatical yr of depart. The collage Press and that i take part thanking the Sloan beginning and the Rockefeller origin for monetary assist in reference to the booklet as an test in academic fabric, and the Eugene Higgins Fund for schooling in typical and actual Sciences for monetary assist in creation of diagrams, and so forth. i'm thankful to those foundations not just for his or her monetary support but additionally for this transparent signal that they give thought to such points of schooling vital. CONTENTS \ half ONE half 3 topic, movement, AND strength MOLECULES and effort 1. Gravity, A box of Physics 2. Projectiles: Geometrical Addition: Vectors three. Forces as Vectors four. "It's Your Experiment": Laboratory paintings five. legislations and Orde� between rigidity and pressure 6. floor rigidity: Drops and Molecules 7. strength and movement: F = M · a eight. Crashes and Collisions: Momentum nine. Fluid movement 10. Vibrations and Waves three 36 fifty three sixty one seventy eight 87 a hundred and five a hundred thirty five 154 a hundred and seventy the good Molecular conception of Gases strength Measuring warmth and Temperature strength. A bankruptcy for Laboratory paintings the primary of Conservation of Energy-Experimental foundation 30. Kinetic concept of Gases : Fruitful enlargement 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 353 370 412 425 432 444 INTERLUDE 31. arithmetic and Relativity 468 half 4 INTERLUDE electrical energy AND MAGNETISM eleven. Appendix on mathematics 193 half ASTRONOMY: A historical past OF idea 12. Mankind and the Heavens thirteen. evidence and Early development 14. Greek Astronomy: nice Theories and nice Observations 15.

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