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Physics for the Utterly Confused Daniel Oman Robert Oman

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Disclaimer: Information has been obtained by The McGraw-Hill Companies from sources believed to be reliable. However, because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by our sources, The McGraw-Hill Companies or others, The McGraw-Hill Companies does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or the results obtained from use of such information. Other books in the Utterly Confused Series include: Financial Planning for the Utterly Confused, Fifth Edition Job Hunting for the Utterly Confused Calculus for the Utterly Confused Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Oman, Daniel M. Physics for the utterly confused / Daniel M. Oman, Robert M. Oman. p. cm. ISBN 0-07-048262-4 1. Physics-Study and teaching. I. Oman, Robert M. II. Title. QC30.066 1998 530-dc21 98-25808 CIP

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Contents How to Use This Book

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Advice to the Utterly Confused

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1. Mathematical Background

1

2. Motion in One Dimension

10

3. Motion in Two Dimensions

18

4. Forces

24

5. Torque and Equilibrium

34

6. Circular Motion

42

7. Work and Energy

48

8. Impulse and Momentum

55

9. Rotational Motion

60

10. Rotational Dynamics

65

11. Fluids

71

12. Heat and Calorimetry

77

13. Thermodynamics

83

14. Springs, Waves, and Sound

89

15. Electric Forces and Fields

95

16. Electric Potential and Capacitance

103

17. Direct Current Circuits

112

18. Magnetism

127

19. Induction

134

20. AC Circuits

143

21. Light

153

22. Mirrors and Lenses

160

23. Interference and Polarization

167

24. Relativity

173

25. Quantum Physics

177

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