TECHNICAL PHYSICS (PHY 1570)
Prince George's Community College
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To learn more about classical mechanics, I suggest:
For some fun physics-related reading for the winter break, I suggest:
- An Introduction to Advanced Dynamics by S.W. McCuskey (Addison-Wesley, 1959). A very clear and readable intermediate text, at about the college junior level.
- Mechanics (3rd ed.) by Keith R. Symon. Another standard junior-level intermediate mechanics text.
- Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein (3rd ed.) (Addison-Wesley, 2001). The standard graduate-level text on advanced mechanics.
Here's an interesting article on the physics of skipping stones from Physics Today:
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- The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne and Christopher Nolan. Thorne is a well-known physicist who was
involved in making the movie Interstellar from its beginning. In this book he
and film director Nolan describe the physics shown in the movie.
- Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. A noted physicist discusses the possibility of time travel, force fields, invisibility cloaks, transporters, etc.
- The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. A very entertaining collection of stories surrounding the periodic table of the elements.
- Mr. Tompkins in Paperback (and an updated version, The New World of Mr. Tompkins) by George Gamow. A famous
Russian physicist wrote these stories of a world in which the speed of light is just 30 mph so relativistic effects are visible, and more stories
of a world where Planck's constant is so large that quantum effects are visible.
- The 2022 Nobel prize for physics
has been awarded to physicists Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger
“for their work on quantum entanglement.”
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