Understanding the Properties of Matter: 2nd Edition takes a unique
phenomenological approach to the presentation of matter, materials,
and solid-state physics. After an overview of basic ideas and a
reminder of the importance of measurement, the author considers in
turn gases, solids, liquids, and phase changes. For each topic, the
focus is on "what happens." After a preliminary examination of data
on the properties of matter, the author raises, then addresses a
series of questions concerning the data. It is only in answering
these questions that he adopts the theoretical approach to the
properties of matter. This approach can reawaken in readers the
fascination for the subject that inspired some of the greatest
physicists of our age. Examples and extensive exercises reinforce
the concepts. A supporting Web site furnishes for free download a
plethora of additional materials, including:" Supplementary
chapters on the band theory of solids and the magnetic properties
of solids" Copies of all the data talbes used in the book, in PDF
and spreadsheet formats" Enlarged copies of all figures" A simple
molecular dynamics simulation" Animations uillustrating important
featrues of key equations" Answers to the end-of-chapter
exercisesUnderstanding the Properties of Matter is an entertaining
and innovative text accessible at the undergraduate level.
|Country of origin:
Michael de Podesta
||Electronic book text
||2nd New edition
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