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The theoretical minimum: what you need to know to start doing physics

By: Susskind, Leonard.
Contributor(s): Hrabovsky, George.
Publisher: New York Basic Books 2014Description: xi, 238 p.ISBN: 9780465075683.Subject(s): Physics - Popular works | PhysicsDDC classification: 530 Summary: If you ever regretted not taking physics in college—or simply want to know how to think like a physicist—this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Challenging, lucid, and concise, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace. (http://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=9780465075683)
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Table of Contents:

Lecture 1 The nature of classical physics : Spaces, trigonometry, and vectors

Lecture 2 Motion : Integral calculus

Lecture 3 Dynamics : Partial differentiation

Lecture 4 Systems of more than one particle

Lecture 5 Energy

Lecture 6 The principle of least action

Lecture 7 Symmetries and conservation laws

Lecture 8 Hamiltonian mechanics and time-translation invariance

Lecture 9 The phase space fluid and the Gibbs-Liouville Theorem

Lecture 10 Poisson brackets, angular momentum, and symmetries

Lecture 11 Electric and magnetic forces

Appendix 1: Central forces and planetary orbits.

If you ever regretted not taking physics in college—or simply want to know how to think like a physicist—this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Challenging, lucid, and concise, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

(http://www.basicbooks.com/full-details?isbn=9780465075683)

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