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Physics I Workbook for Dummies, 2nd Edition

Unleash your inner Einstein and score higher in physics Do you have a handle on basic physics terms and concepts, but your problem-solving skills could use some static friction? Physics I Workbook For Dummies helps you build upon what you already know to learn how to solve the most common physics problems with confidence and ease. Physics I Workbook For Dummies gets the ball rolling with a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of physics (i.e. converting measure, counting signification figures, applying math skills to physics problems, etc.) before getting in the nitty gritty. If you're already a pro you can skip this section and jump right into the practice problems. There, you'll get the lowdown on how to take your problem-solving skills to a whole new plane?without ever feeling like you've been left spiraling down a black hole. Easy-to-follow instructions and practical tips Complete answer explanations are included so you can see where you went wrong (or right) Covers the ten most common mistakes people make when solving practice physics problems When push comes to shove, this friendly guide is just what you need to set your physics problem-solving skills in motion.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Physics 3 Chapter 1: Reviewing Physics Basics 5 Chapter 2: The Big Three: Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration 23 Chapter 3: Vectors: Knowing Where You?re Headed 39 Part II: May the Forces Be with You 57 Chapter 4: Applying Force 59 Chapter 5: Working with Inclined Planes 77 Chapter 6: Round and Round: Circular Motion 95 Part III: Being Energetic: Work 115 Chapter 7: Working the Physics Way 117 Chapter 8: Getting Things to Move: Momentum and Kinetic Energy 139 Chapter 9: Winding It Up: Rotational Motion and Torque 159 Chapter 10: Getting Dizzy with Rotational Dynamics 175 Chapter 11: Simple Harmonic Motion 193 Part IV: Obeying the Laws of Thermodynamics 211 Chapter 12: You?re Getting Warm: Thermodynamics 213 Chapter 13: Under Pressure: From Solid to Liquid to Gas 229 Chapter 14: All about Heat and Work 247 Part V: Zap: Electricity 267 Chapter 15: Static Electricity: Electrons at Rest 269 Chapter 16: Electrons in Motion: Circuits 289 Part VI: The Part of Tens 309 Chapter 17: Ten Common Mistakes People Make When Solving Problems 311 Chapter 18: Ten Online Physics Tutorials and Resources 315 Index 317

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Steven Holzner, PhD, was an educator and contributing editor at PC Magazine .

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