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From reviews: "Every undergraduate physicist ought to own a copy of this remarkable, unique and innovative textbook... I truly believe this textbook should be taken advantage of by all undergraduates, and I wish it had been published earlier in my undergraduate degree." Student Review, Times Higher Education, May 2012 Physics: A Student Companion offers readers a thorough overview of basic physics with rapid access to fundamental concepts and their derivations. Covering the core fields of mechanics and relativity, electromagnetism, waves and optics, quantum mechanics, and thermal physics, this book is an essential learning tool for students, as well as a handy reference for graduates and researchers in the physical sciences. *The perfect companion to the mainstream physics textbooks, providing fast access to the essential material *Highlights and consolidates the key equations, derivations, theories and concepts that are the fundamentals of your physics course *Provides a structured outline of the core ideas, to be used alongside lecture notes and classes *Offers an ideal reference for graduates and researchers in the physical sciences If you are looking for a better option than digging through college textbooks for that forgotten something, reviewing material for an examination, or preparing for graduate entry, then Physics: A Student Companion is the right book for you.
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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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