Head First Physics

Head First Physics

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Utilizing puzzles, stories, and interviews, this textbook draws readers in and encourages participation to make physics fun. Lang explains why things really work the way they do, and covers everything from bungee jumping to wireless networks.

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The Head First Brain-Friendly Guide series from O'Reilly uses a fun, highly visual format to help students memorize and retain difficult scientific concepts, and this entry focuses on algebra-based mechanics and practical physics that are pertinent to the passing of the AP Physics B exam. Lang, who earned a Ph.D in the "gray area between physics and biochemistry," shows readers how to "think like a physicist" by observing patterns and conducting experiments using the Scientific Method. Hundreds of illustrations, charts, simple exercises and puzzles reinforce these concepts, while huge blocks of text and complex equations are largely avoided. A free online edition of this volume is available for 45 days after purchase. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Wouldn't it be great if there were a physics book that showed you how things work instead of telling you how? Finally, with Head First Physics, there is. This comprehensive book takes the stress out of learning mechanics and practical physics by providing a fun and engaging experience, especially for students who "just don't get it."

Head First Physics offers a format that's rich in visuals and full of activities, including pictures, illustrations, puzzles, stories, and quizzes -- a mixed-media style proven to stimulate learning and retention. One look will convince you: This isn't mere theory, this is physics brought to life through real-world scenarios, simple experiments, and hypothetical projects. Head First Physics is perfect for anyone who's intrigued by how things work in the natural world.

You'll quickly discover that physics isn't a dry subject. It's all about the world we live in, encompassing everything from falling objects and speeding cars, to conservation of energy and gravity and weightlessness, and orbital behavior. This book:

  • Helps you think like a physicist so you can understand why things really work the way they do
  • Gives you relevant examples so you can fully grasp the principles before moving on to more complex concepts
  • Designed to be used as a supplement study guide for the College Board's Advanced Placement Physics B Exam
  • Introduces principles for the purpose of solving real-world problems, not memorization
  • Teaches you how to measure, observe, calculate -- and yes -- how to do the math
  • Covers scientific notation, SI units, vectors, motion, momentum conservation, Newton's Laws, energy conservation, weight and mass, gravitation and orbits, circular motion and simple harmonic motion, and much more

If "Myth Busters" and other TV programs make you curious about our physical world -- or if you're a student forced to take a physics course -- now you can pursue the subject without the dread of boredom or the fear that it will be over your head. Head First Physics comes to rescue with an innovative, engaging, and inspirational way to learn physics!


Utilizing puzzles, stories, and interviews, this textbook draws readers in and encourages participation to make physics fun. Lang explains why things really work the way they do, and covers everything from bungee jumping to wireless networks.


Publisher: Oreilly & Associates Inc., 2008. Sebastopol, Ca
Edition: PapPas
ISBN: 9780596102371
0596102372
Characteristics: 895 p ; cm

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