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How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life

How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life
Author: Louis A. Bloomfield
ISBN 13: 9780470223994
ISBN 10: 470223995
Edition: 4
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-01-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 632
List Price: N/A

How Things Work uses familiar objects to introduce basic physics concepts, demonstrating the excitement and relevance to professionals in a variety of technical fields. Because its structure is defined by real-life examples, this book explores concepts as they're needed and then revisits them later on when they reappear in other objects. It integrates case studies throughout the chapters to easily convey an understanding and appreciation for physics. For example, discussions of skating, falling balls, and bumper cars are included to explain the Laws of Motion. Air conditioners and automobiles are used to explore thermodynamics. Engineers, architects, and professionals in other technical fields will benefit from the material that connects science to our everyday world.


This introductory physics textbook for liberal arts students uses everyday objects to illustrate the principles of mechanics, heat, resonance and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and nuclear physics. The second edition adds color graphics and regroups some of the sections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)