Basic Physics: Principles and Concepts

bp-cover‘Basic Physics: Principles and Concepts’ is now under preparation as a new edition of an earlier e-book (‘Basic Physics: A Survey of Concepts’) and will be posted at this site as also at other distribution portals in due course. The earlier version has now been withdrawn, pending completion of the revision process.

This book will give you a lucid and exhaustive coverage of basic concepts in classical and modern physics including quantum theory, and the special and general theories of relativity.

All these concepts will be built up from an elementary level and, at the same time, will be pursued to a considerable depth, stressing on their internal logic. The book will be self-contained and comprehensive, based on high school mathematics, including elementary calculus. A few mathematical tools at a more advanced level will be explained clearly before being made use of.

It will be useful study material for the student of physics starting from the advanced school level right up to the college level and even to the level of graduate studies since it will not be tied to this or that particular syllabus and will not stop half way while developing a topic. Instead, it will aim at presenting the entire network made up of basic concepts of physics and giving the reader a view of its beautiful, unitary structure.

This will make the volume a unique source-book of basic physics, of exceptional value not only to the student of physics but to students of other disciplines such as chemistry, engineering, geology and even the biological sciences. It will also quite likely be of value to physics teachers and to persons with a general interest in physics. It is designed to make for delightful reading, though at a serious level.

How does the tension vary with the angle of winding for a string under friction? What is the entropy principle? How does the Doppler formula look when the source or the observer possesses an acceleration? What is the principle of a three phase power supply? How does a synchronous motor differ from an asynchronous one? How does ray optics relate to wave optics? Why is it possible to work out the black body spectrum by referring to an assembly of oscillators? What is the Schwarzschild solution in general relativity? What is the nuclear mass formula? How does a transistor amplifier work? ….. For these and a host of other questions in basic physics , one will do well to turn to the pages of this book, where everything will be built up from first principles.

The text will be supplemented with a moderate number of well chosen problems, mostly with adequate hints for their solution. The problems will help the reader get a firm grasp of the text material.

Click here for TOC  of the earlier version of the book.

23. August 2016 by Avijit Lahiri
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