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Practical Physics

4th Edition

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  • Date Published: February 2013
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  • isbn: 9781139632720

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  • This classic companion to undergraduate practical work in physics describes the purposeful, critical approach that should be made to all physics experiments. It covers the statistical treatment of data and experimental methods, and gives advice on keeping efficient records, calculations, and scientific writing. The new edition features treatment of the c2 distribution, a section on atomic clocks, worked examples based on spreadsheets, and additional exercises. Existing examples and references have been brought up to date. The text is liberally illustrated with examples and exercises, with solutions to the latter. Although intended for undergraduates, Practical Physics will be of interest to researchers, not only in physics, but in other sciences as well.

    • An ideal companion to any undergraduate course in practical physics
    • Demonstrates a purposive and critical approach to experimental work
    • Deals with the statistical treatment of data, an essential skill for physics students
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Dr Squires has made a very worthwhile contribution to the surprisingly small number of modern textbooks available on this subject.' New Scientist

    'I envy Squire's students! All other students should wish to own this book for the wealth of advice it gives them …'. Contemporary Physics

    'This is a quite invaluable book for those at, or nearing, undergraduate level.' The Times Educational Supplement

    '… a distillation of the wisdom acquired through many years of undergraduate teaching and will surely establish itself as an integral feature of physics courses and associated teaching laboratories all over the world.' British Book News

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    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139632720
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The object of practical physics
    Part I. Statistical Treatment of Data:
    2. Introduction to errors
    3. Treatment of a single variable
    4. Further topics in statistical theory
    5. Common sense in errors
    Part II. Experimental Methods:
    6. Some laboratory instruments and methods
    7. Some experimental techniques
    8. Experimental logic
    9. Common sense in experiments
    Part III. Record and Calculations:
    10. Record of the experiment
    11. Graphs
    12. Arithmetic
    13. Writing a paper
    Appendices
    Solutions to exercises
    Some useful books
    References
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Physics Laboratory I and ll
  • Author

    G. L. Squires, University of Cambridge
    Gordon L Squires has been a Lecturer in Physics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge since 1956. Since then he has been a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1970) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977-78).

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