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The Physics of Scuba Diving


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Preface * Pressure * Buoyancy * Boyle's Law * Ideal Gas Laws * Water * The Exponential Function * Modeling Nitrogen Absorption * The Bends * The Navy dive Tables * The Mathematics of the Navy Tables * Variations on Table Use * Recreational Diving * Appendix A: Units of Measurement * Appendix B: Specific Gravity * Appendix C: Air * Appendix D: Rules of Exponents * Appendix E: The US Navy Dive Tables * Bibliography and suggestions for Further Reading * Index

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A professor of maths at The Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Marlow received his undergraduate degree from Whitman College, studied algebra at the University of Kansas and received his PhD in 1978. He has co-authored a technical monograph and a textbook in maths, and has co-edited two books on its history. Scuba diving since 1996, he became a PADI assistant instructor in diving in 1998, and has been able to share his passion for both maths and scuba diving with many students.

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