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Physics Problems for Aspiring Physical Scientists and Engineers: With Hints and Full Solutions

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An essential part of studying to become a physical scientist or engineer is learning how to solve problems. This book contains over 200 appropriate physics problems with hints and full solutions. The author demonstrates how to break down a problem into its essential components, and how to chart a course through them to a solution. With problem-solving skills being essential for any physical scientist or engineer, this book will be invaluable to potential and current undergraduates seeking a career in these fields. The book is divided into three parts: questions, hints and solutions. The questions section is subdivided into 15 chapters, each centred on a different area of physics, from elementary particles, through classical physics, to cosmology. The second section provides brief hints, whilst the third sets out full and explicit solutions to each problem. Most begin with thoughts that students might have after reading a problem, allowing the reader to understand which questions they should be asking themselves when faced with unfamiliar situations.

Contains detailed model solutions to ensure readers not only understand the physics principles involved, but also how to apply them

In order to develop the ability to pick out only relevant information, some problems offer unneeded data

Students will learn to introduce suitable working variables and to use their general knowledge to help them find a solution, given that some problems appear to contain too little information

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Ken Riley is a retired Lecturer in Physics at the University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory. He is also a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was both the Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor, and taught physics and mathematics for over forty-five years. He has served on many committees and panels concerned with the teaching and examining of these subjects at all levels of tertiary and university education. His research was centred on nuclear physics at Harwell and then elementary particle physics at Brookhaven, New York, the Rutherford Laboratory and Stanford.


How to use this book

1. Dimensions

2. Statics

3. Dynamics

4. Rotation

5. Gravity

6. SHM

7. Waves

8. Solids and liquids

9. Electrical circuits

10. Electrostatics

11. Magnetic fields

12. Electromagnetism

13. Heat transfer

14. Gases

15. Particles and atoms



Physical constants.

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