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By Laurence Viennot

Read this ebook in case you care approximately scholars relatively figuring out physics and getting actual highbrow delight from doing so. learn it too should you worry that this objective is out of succeed in – you will be stunned! Laurence Viennot the following indicates how one can take care of the awkward proven fact that logic pondering is usually no longer just like clinical pondering. She analyses examples of widespread and frequent mistakes and confusions, which supply a true eye-opener for the trainer. greater than that, she indicates how one can stay away from and triumph over them. The e-book argues opposed to over-emphasis on “fun” functions, demonstrating that scholars additionally take pleasure in and price transparent thinking.
The e-book has 3 components:
• making feel of specific clinical methods of reasoning (words, photos, functions)
• making connections among very various themes, every one illuminating the other
• simplifying, trying to find consistency and heading off incoherent over-simplification
The e-book is improved with supplementary on-line fabrics that may let readers to additional extend their instructing or study pursuits and look at them extra deeply.

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The water, of course, but also the air, which was itself pressing on the water. This air pressure was transmitted through the water. 1 - Small ball immersed in a bowl of water. This simple situation can be read in two ways. › A causal interpretation of hydrostatic pressure. Marie Curie’s explanation as reported by a student. What was exerting pressure on the ball when it was in the water? The water, of course, but also the air pressing on the water. This pressure is transmitted through the water; z › A Newtonian reading of the situation: what was exerting pressure on the ball when it was in the water?

31 The case considered here is the Galilean reference frame. In a system of two or more bodies, where the centre of mass is not necessarily identified with the most massive body, the situation gets complicated. 32 Certainly not because the poor captain is less massive than the rocket (with its engines silent and hence just as passive as him). As for so-called “mass” spectrographs, these make use of forces due to an electric field which is not itself aware of the mass of the object being deflected, whence the influence of mass in the observed deflection.

Phrases in italics are intended for the teacher. 34 Thinking in Physics Statement of the question and answer sheet in a current version Let there be a plane circular mirror of diameter 10 cm. If you place your eye at 1 m from the mirror on its axis, draw a diagram to show the region of space you can see in this mirror. 1, based on the equality of the angles of incidence and reflection. For convenience, the scale is not the same in the two dimensions. 1 - A standard answer to the mirror field question.

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