A beloved introductory physics textbook, now including exercises and an answer key, explains the concepts essential for thorough scientific understanding
In this concise book, R. Shankar, a well-known physicist and contagiously enthusiastic educator, explains the essential concepts of Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. Now in an expanded edition—complete with problem sets and answers for course use or self-study—this work provides an ideal introduction for college-level students of physics, chemistry, and engineering; for AP Physics students; and for general readers interested in advances in the sciences. The book begins at the simplest level, develops the basics, and reinforces fundamentals, ensuring a solid foundation in the principles and methods of physics.
R. Shankar is the Josiah Willard Gibbs Professor of Physics at Yale University. He is the 2009 winner of the American Physical Society’s Lilienfeld Prize and the author of four previous popular textbooks.