Physics

Palgrave foundations, fourth edition

by Jim Breithaupt

Resources


Reference Table

Data analysis
  • More about uncertainties in calculations

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Further experiments and investigations
  • Testing microwaves
  • Experiments on polarised light
  • Absorption of sound by materials
  • Measurement of the speed of sound in a pipe
  • Measurement of the wavelength of laser light using double slits
  • Measurement of the focal length of a convex lens by measuring the image distance for different object distances
  • Estimate of the size of an oil molecule
  • Investigation of convection of air
  • Measurement of the thermal conductivity of copper
  • More on Measuring stress and strain
  • Investigating motion
  • An experiment to compare masses using the principle of conservation of momentum
  • Experiment to calibrate a voltmeter
  • More on Measuring the resistivity of a wire
  • An experiment to measure the energy stored by a capacitor
  • An experiment to investigate a multivibrator
  • Investigation of the effect of a magnetic field on an electron beam
  • Further investigations on flux changes using a data recorder
  • Investigating self-inductance
  • Measurement of the reactance of a coil
  • Investigation of the spectrum of hydrogen
  • Experiment to test the inverse square law for gamma radiation from a point source
  • More about using a spectrometer
  • Measurement of the viscosity of water
  • Measurement of the viscosity of oil
  • Experiment to measure the moment of inertia of a freely-rotating turntable
  • Answers

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Further proofs
  • Proof of the lens formula
  • Proof that the centre of gravity of a uniform beam is at its midpoint

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Exercises on essential mathematics
A) Algebra
  • Symbols and equations in physics
  • Using the dynamics equations
  • Pythagoras theorem
  • Simultaneous equations
B) Calculus
  • Rates of change in dynamics
  • Differentiation of xn and ex
  • Rates of change in exponential decay
  • Differentiating a sine function
C) Graphs
  • Straight line graphs
  • Inverse square law graphs
  • Rates of change
  • Area under a curve
D) Trigonometry
  • Sin, cos and tan
  • Sine wave formula
  • Circular measures
E) Using a calculator
  • Standard form and powers of ten
  • Raising a number to a given power
  • Using the ln key and the e key of a calculator
F) Vectors
  • Resolving a vector
  • Vector addition
  • i and j vectors

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Spreadsheet models
  • Investigating motion using a spreadsheet
  • Modelling capacitor discharge using a spreadsheet
  • Modelling radioactive decay using a spreadsheet
  • Modelling oscillating motion using a spreadsheet

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Case studies
  • The medical endoscope
  • Liquid crystal displays (LCDs)
  • More about energy resources
  • Electronic memory
  • More about mains electricity
  • Applications of radioactivity
  • Electricity for the Future

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Calculus in Physics
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Differential Equations