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The Resource Back-of-the-envelope physics, Clifford Swartz

Back-of-the-envelope physics, Clifford Swartz

Label
Back-of-the-envelope physics
Title
Back-of-the-envelope physics
Statement of responsibility
Clifford Swartz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation Physicists use "back-of-the-envelope" estimates to check whether or not an idea could possibly be right. In many cases, the approximate solution is all that is needed. This compilation of 101 examples of back-of-the-envelope calculations celebrates a quantitative approach to solving physics problems. Drawing on a lifetime of physics research and nearly three decades as the editor of The Physics Teacher, Clifford Swartz provides simple, approximate solutions to physics problems that span a broad range of topics. What note do you get when you blow across the top of a Coke bottle? Could you lose weight on a diet of ice cubes? How can a fakir lie on a bed of nails without getting hurt? Does draining water in the northern hemisphere really swirl in a different direction than its counterpart below the equator?In each case, only a few lines of arithmetic and a few natural constants solve a problem to within a few percent. Covering such subjects as astronomy, magnetism, optics, sound, heat, mechanics, waves, and electricity, the book provides a rich source of material for teachers and anyone interested in the physics of everyday life
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
REDDC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Swartz, Clifford E
Dewey number
530
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
QC75
LC item number
.S83 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Physics
  • Physical sciences
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Physical sciences
  • Physics
  • Natuurkunde
  • Alltag
  • Physikunterricht
  • Physik
Label
Back-of-the-envelope physics, Clifford Swartz
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Force and pressure -- Chapter 2: Mechanics and rotation -- Chapter 3: Sound and waves -- Chapter 4: Heat -- Chapter 5: Optics -- Chapter 6: Electricity -- Chapter 7: Earth -- Chapter 8: Astronomy -- Chapter 9: Atoms and molecules -- Chapter 10: Particles and quanta
Control code
70738955
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 155 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801872624
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780801872631
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70738955
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Back-of-the-envelope physics, Clifford Swartz
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1: Force and pressure -- Chapter 2: Mechanics and rotation -- Chapter 3: Sound and waves -- Chapter 4: Heat -- Chapter 5: Optics -- Chapter 6: Electricity -- Chapter 7: Earth -- Chapter 8: Astronomy -- Chapter 9: Atoms and molecules -- Chapter 10: Particles and quanta
Control code
70738955
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 155 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801872624
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780801872631
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)70738955
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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