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Physics: A Student Companion


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Table of Contents

I Newtonian Mechanics and Special Relativity
1 Linear motion
2 Practical applications of linear motion
3 Angular motion
4 Gravity and orbits
5 Two-body dynamics
6 Introduction to special relativity

II Electromagnetism
7 Electrostatics
8 Magnetostatics
9 Introduction to circuit theory
10 Electromagnetic induction
11 Electromagnetic fields in matter
12 Electromagnetic waves

III Waves and Optics
13 Wave motion
14 Geometrical optics
15 Wave optics

IV Quantum Mechanics
16 Background to quantum mechanics
17 The Schroedinger equation
18 Quantum states, operators, and measurements
19 Spherical systems
20 Introduction to the hydrogen atom

V Thermal Physics
21 Kinetic theory of ideal gases
22 Classical thermodynamics
23 Real gases and phase transitions
24 Statistical mechanics



"As companions go, this is an excellent one and it should become a best friend to all physics undergraduates, particularly in those important, lonely weeks of study in the run-up to examinations. I encourage all lecturers to recommend this book to their students." * Cern Courier *
"Every undergraduate physicist ought to own a copy of this remarkable, unique and innovative textbook. " * Times Higher Education Supplement *

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