Princeton University press , 2016. — 272 p. — (Princeton Puzzlers). — ISBN 0691166935, 0691178526, ASIN B018WNVEF6.With In Praise of Simple Physics, popular math and science writer Paul Nahin presents a plethora of situations that explore the science and math behind the wonders of everyday life. Roaming through a diverse range of puzzles, he illustrates how physics shows us ways to wring more energy from renewable sources, to measure the gravity in our car garages, to figure out which of three light switches in the basement controls the light bulb in the attic, and much, much more. Readers are presumed to have some background in beginning differential and integral calculus. Whether you simply have a personal interest in physics' influence in the world or you're an engineering and science student who wants to gain more physics know-how, this book has an intriguing scenario for you. Inside... How's Your Math? The Traffic-Light Dilemma, Energy from Moving Air, Dragsters and Space Station Physics, Merry-Go-Round Physics and the Tides, Energy from Moving Water, Vectors and Bad Hair Days, An Illuminating Problem, How to Measure Depth with a Stopwatch, Doing the Preface Problems, The Physics of Stacking Books, Communication Satellite Physics, Walking a Ladder Upright, Why Is the Sky Dark at Night? How Some Things Float (or Don't), A Reciprocating Problem, How to Catch a Baseball (or Not), Tossing Balls and Shooting Bullets Uphill, Rapid Travel in a Great Circle Transit Tube, Hurtling Your Body through Space, The Path of a Punt, Easy Ways to Measure Gravity in Your Garage, Epilogue Newton's Gravity Calculation Mistake.
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