Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts

Volume IV: Heat, Atoms and Quanta

Authors: Kuehn, Kerry

  • Provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to physics based from foundational texts in physics and astronomy
  • Contains a coherent and self-contained general physics curriculum which can be readily implemented at the college or advanced high-school level
  • Encourages a critical and circumspect approach to the study of natural science, while at the same time developing a suitable foundation for advanced coursework in physics
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About this Textbook

This book provides a chronological introduction to modern atomic theory, which represented an attempt to reconcile the ancient doctrine of atomism with careful experiments—performed during the 19th century—on the flow of heat through substances and across empty space. Included herein are selections from classic texts such as Carnot’s Reflection on the Motive Power of Fire, Clausius’ Mechanical Theory of Heat, Rutherford’s Nuclear Constitution of Atoms, Planck’s Atomic Theory of Matter and Heisenberg’s Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory. Each chapter begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis and conclusions. Numerical and laboratory exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text. Heat, Radiation and Quanta is the last of four volumes in A Student’s Guide through the Great Physics Texts. The book comes from a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics. This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy. It might also serve as a textbook for advanced high-school or home-schooled students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

About the authors

Dr. Kerry K. Kuehn is Professor in the Department of Physics at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He is a member of the American Physical Society and is also an Advisory Council member for NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and Fidelitas (WLC Honors Program).

Table of contents (32 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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price for USA
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21827-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts
Book Subtitle
Volume IV: Heat, Atoms and Quanta
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21828-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21828-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21827-4
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 463
Number of Illustrations and Tables
70 b/w illustrations
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