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Physics: A Student Companion

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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 Appendices


"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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