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Fascinating Problems for Young Physicists: Discovering Everyday Physics Phenomena and Solving Them

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Problem-solving is the cornerstone of all walks of scientific research. Fascinating Problems for Young Physicists attempts to clear the boundaries of seemingly abstract physical laws and their tangible effects through a step-by-step approach to physics in the world around us. It consists of 42 problems with detailed solutions, each describing a specific, interesting physical phenomenon. Each problem is further divided into questions designed to guide the reader through, encouraging engagement with and learning the physics behind the phenomenon. By solving the problems, the reader will be able to discover, for example, what the relation is between the mass of an animal and its expected lifetime, or what the efficiency limit is of wind turbines. Intended for first-year undergraduate students and interested high school students, this book develops inquiry-based scientific practice and enables students to acquire the necessary skills for applying the laws of physics to realistic situations.

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  • Bridges the gap between knowledge of physical laws and their application in everyday life
  • Deepens scientific understanding of everyday phenomena through active and engaged learning
  • Introduces a fresh perspective to the use of problem solving in physics teaching and learning
  • Includes Jupyter notebooks as an extension of individual topics, carefully designed to facilitate the interested physicist to further explore the problem
Authors: Vukmirovic Nenad, Veljic Vladimir
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781009160278
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2022

1. Human
2. Machines
3. Sport
4. Nature
5. Energy
6. Miscellaneous
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Nenad Vukmirović has been a professor at the Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia, since 2010. His research interests are in theory and simulation of electronic properties of semiconductor materials and nanostructures. He is also very active in work with talented high school students. Nenad has been the author of many problems at high school physics competitions since 2012, including the problems at the final stage of the competitions such as the Serbian Physics Olympiad.

Vladimir Veljić received his PhD in physics in 2019 at the University of Belgrade, following which working with high school students revealed his passion for physics education. Vladimir has been the author of theoretical problems for several levels of competitions and has been a part of several national- and international-level Olympiads.

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