ISBN 9780521540780,200 Puzzling Physics Problems

200 Puzzling Physics Problems



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780521540780

ISBN-10 052154078X


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

Educational: Physics

200 Puzzling Physics Problems is aimed at strengthening a student`s grasp of the laws of physics by applying them to situations that arc practical, and to problems that yield more easily to intuitive insight than to brute-force methods and complex mathematics. The problems are chosen almost exclusively from classical (i.e. non-quantum) physics, but are no easier for that. For the most part, these problems are intriguingly posed in accessible non-technical language. This requires the student to select the right framework in which to analyse the situation and to make decisions about which branches of physics are involved. The general level of sophistication needed to tackle most of the 200 problems is that of the exceptional school student, the good undergraduate, or the competent graduate student. The book should be valuable to undergraduate preparing for `general physics` papers, either on their own or in classes or seminars designed for this purpose. It is even hoped that some physics professors will find the more difficult questions challenging. By contrast, the mathematical demands made are minimal, and do not go beyond elementary calculus. This intriguing book of physics problems should prove not only instructive and challenging, but also fun.