Prince George's Community College

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Reference Material

Physics Recreations

  1. Creating Your Own System of Units
  2. Helmert's Equation
  3. Benford's Law
  4. Bicycle Gearing
  5. The Slide Rule
  6. The Rocket Equation
  7. Galileo's Law
  8. Leap Seconds
  9. Radiation Exposure
  10. Music
  11. The Doomsday Algorithm
  12. A Puzzle in Esperanto
  13. Distributed Computing and Citizen Science -  Links
  14. A Message to Extraterrestrials
  15. The Bikes and the Bee
  16. Microwave Oven Cooking
  17. A Mathematical Puzzle

U.S. Government Publications

American Institute of Physics

PGCC Publications

Calculator Manuals

Miscellaneous Publications

Useful Web Sites

The Slide Rule


  • Electronics (General)
    • Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III (Master Publishing, 2000). This is a very brief (128 pp.), informal, hand-written (!) book on analog and digital electronics, aimed mainly at electronics hobbyists. Lots of good information on both theory and practical electronics, and easy to read.
    • Electronic Principles (6th ed.) by Albert P. Malvino (Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 1999). A standard, well-regarded undergraduate text on electronics, at roughly the level of this course.
    • The Art of Electronics (2nd ed.) by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill (Cambridge, 1989). An advanced book on analog and digital electronics, covering basically anything you would ever want to know about electronics. This book is widely regarded as a standard reference in the field. Web site for The Art of Electronics
    • A free book called Lessons in Electric Circuits is available on the Internet at: . This book starts with the basics, yet covers a lot of material. The entire book is in six volumes, and is over 2700 pages long.
  • Digital Electronics
    • Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (3rd ed.) by Clive "Max" Maxfield (Newnes, 2009). An informal, easy-to-read introductory book on digital electronics.
    • Digital Fundamentals (10th ed.) by Thomas L. Floyd (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009). A standard undergraduate text on digital electronics, at roughly the level of this course.
  • Optics
    • Optics (4th ed.) by Eugene Hecht (Addison-Wesley, 2001). A standard undergraduate text on optics.
    • Principles of Optics (7th ed.) by Max Born and Emil Wolf (Cambridge, 1999). An advanced, graduate-level book on optics.

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