Similarly, physicists solve problems. And hopefully, physicists practice solving problems until doing so seems easy. (Then they find harder problems.) This book
provides a collection of challenging problems for physics students at a range of ...

Author: Nathan Newbury

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400873142

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Aimed at helping the physics student to develop a solid grasp of basic graduate-level material, this book presents worked solutions to a wide range of informative problems. These problems have been culled from the preliminary and general examinations created by the physics department at Princeton University for its graduate program. The authors, all students who have successfully completed the examinations, selected these problems on the basis of usefulness, interest, and originality, and have provided highly detailed solutions to each one. Their book will be a valuable resource not only to other students but to college physics teachers as well. The first four chapters pose problems in the areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, thereby serving as a review of material typically covered in undergraduate courses. Later chapters deal with material new to most first-year graduate students, challenging them on such topics as condensed matter, relativity and astrophysics, nuclear physics, elementary particles, and atomic and general physics.

Crystal structures and properties (1001-1027) - Electron theory, energy bands and semiconductors (1028-1051) - Electromagnetic properties, optical properties and superconductivity (1052-1076) - Other topics (1077-1081) - Special relativity ...

Author: Yung-kuo Lim

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9810218931

Category: Science

Page: 354

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Crystal structures and properties (1001-1027) - Electron theory, energy bands and semiconductors (1028-1051) - Electromagnetic properties, optical properties and superconductivity (1052-1076) - Other topics (1077-1081) - Special relativity (2001-2007) - General relativity 2008-2023) - Relativistic cosmology (2024-2028) - History of physics and general questions (3001-3025) - Measurements, estimations and errors (3026-3048) - Mathematical techniques (3049-3056).

The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at the University of California (Berkeley), Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of ...

Author: Yung-Kuo Lim

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789813103320

Category: Science

Page: 768

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The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at the University of California (Berkeley), Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of New York at Buffalo, Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin.

The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, the State University ...

Author: Yung Kuo Lim

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789813103009

Category: Science

Page: 764

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The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin.

Scientists Learn to See the Obvious The introduction to Princeton Problems in Physics , with Solutions begins : No one expects a guitarist to learn to play by
going to concerts in Central Park or by spending hours reading transcripts of Jimi
...

Author: Boris Castel

Publisher: University of Toronto PressHigher education

ISBN: UOM:39015056483277

Category: Science

Page: 200

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"Clearly analyzing the narratives, myths, and controversies at play in modern science, The Art of Science is an engaging exercise in the social study of human creativity." - Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto

The diffusion equation has solutions that are separated, u(x,t) = eγxeγ2kt, where
γ is an arbitrary constant. ... It is one of the most fundamental equations in physics
, combining the formalism of quantum physics with special relativity, and its solutions naturally lead to the ... However, there are physical problems in
interpreting a solution of (2) as the relativistic counterpart of a Schrödinger wave
function: ...

Author: Nicholas J. Higham

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691150390

Category: Mathematics

Page: 1032

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This is the most authoritative and accessible single-volume reference book on applied mathematics. Featuring numerous entries by leading experts and organized thematically, it introduces readers to applied mathematics and its uses; explains key concepts; describes important equations, laws, and functions; looks at exciting areas of research; covers modeling and simulation; explores areas of application; and more. Modeled on the popular Princeton Companion to Mathematics, this volume is an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in other disciplines seeking a user-friendly reference book on applied mathematics. Features nearly 200 entries organized thematically and written by an international team of distinguished contributors Presents the major ideas and branches of applied mathematics in a clear and accessible way Explains important mathematical concepts, methods, equations, and applications Introduces the language of applied mathematics and the goals of applied mathematical research Gives a wide range of examples of mathematical modeling Covers continuum mechanics, dynamical systems, numerical analysis, discrete and combinatorial mathematics, mathematical physics, and much more Explores the connections between applied mathematics and other disciplines Includes suggestions for further reading, cross-references, and a comprehensive index

Part 2: Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics, and Quantum Mechanics Sidney B.
Cahn, Gerald D. Mahan, Boris E. Nadgorny. The astronaut from Problem 1.13 in
Part I was peacefully drinking tea at five o'clock galactic time, as was his wont,
when he had an emergency outside the shuttle, ... 4.6 Teacup Engine (Princeton,
Moscow Phys-Tech) How does the diameter d determine the physical process by.

Author: Sidney B. Cahn

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306484018

Category: Science

Page: 354

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In order to equip hopeful graduate students with the knowledge necessary to pass the qualifying examination, the authors have assembled and solved standard and original problems from major American universities – Boston University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado at Boulder, Columbia, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, MIT, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Stony Brook, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison – and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. A wide range of material is covered and comparisons are made between similar problems of different schools to provide the student with enough information to feel comfortable and confident at the exam. Guide to Physics Problems is published in two volumes: this book, Part 2, covers Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics; Part 1, covers Mechanics, Relativity and Electrodynamics. Praise for A Guide to Physics Problems: Part 2: Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics, and Quantum Mechanics: "... A Guide to Physics Problems, Part 2 not only serves an important function, but is a pleasure to read. By selecting problems from different universities and even different scientific cultures, the authors have effectively avoided a one-sided approach to physics. All the problems are good, some are very interesting, some positively intriguing, a few are crazy; but all of them stimulate the reader to think about physics, not merely to train you to pass an exam. I personally received considerable pleasure in working the problems, and I would guess that anyone who wants to be a professional physicist would experience similar enjoyment. ... This book will be a great help to students and professors, as well as a source of pleasure and enjoyment." (From Foreword by Max Dresden) "An excellent resource for graduate students in physics and, one expects, also for their teachers." (Daniel Kleppner, Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics Emeritus, MIT) "A nice selection of problems ... Thought-provoking, entertaining, and just plain fun to solve." (Giovanni Vignale, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri at Columbia) "Interesting indeed and enjoyable. The problems are ingenious and their solutions very informative. I would certainly recommend it to all graduate students and physicists in general ... Particularly useful for teachers who would like to think about problems to present in their course." (Joel Lebowitz, Rutgers University) "A very thoroughly assembled, interesting set of problems that covers the key areas of physics addressed by Ph.D. qualifying exams. ... Will prove most useful to both faculty and students. Indeed, I plan to use this material as a source of examples and illustrations that will be worked into my lectures." (Douglas Mills, University of California at Irvine)

"This book is a classic and easily the best way for students learning general relativity to get experience doing problems. A wide variety of topics are covered and extensive solutions are given to the insightfully formulated exercises.

Author: Alan P. Lightman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 069108162X

Category: Science

Page: 599

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The authors have attempted to convey a mode of approach to these kinds of problems, revealing procedures that can reduce the labor of calculations while avoiding the pitfall of too much or too powerful formalism.

In this delightful book, Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why results are true in ways lengthy ...

Author: Mark Levi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691154565

Category: Mathematics

Page: 200

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In this delightful book, Levi turns math and physics upside down, revealing how physics can simplify proofs and lead to quicker solutions and new theorems, and how physical solutions can illustrate why results are true in ways lengthy mathematical calculations never can.

Author: Rudolf Ernst PeierlsPublish On: 1979-11-21

This book is based on the author's lectures at the University of Washington in the spring of 1977 and at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire, University de Paris-Sud, Orsay, during the winter of 1977-1978.

Author: Rudolf Ernst Peierls

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691082421

Category: Science

Page: 166

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Problems in theoretical physics often lead to paradoxical answers; yet closer reasoning and a more complete analysis invariably lead to the resolution of the paradox and to a deeper understanding of the physics involved. Drawing primarily from his own experience and that of his collaborators, Sir Rudolf Peierls selects examples of such "surprises" from a wide range of physical theory, from quantum mechanical scattering theory to the theory of relativity, from irreversibility in statistical mechanics to the behavior of electrons in solids. By studying such surprises and learning what kind of possibilities to look for, he suggests, scientists may be able to avoid errors in future problems. In some cases the surprise is that the outcome of a calculation is contrary to what physical intuition seems to demand. In other instances an approximation that looks convincing turns out to be unjustified, or one that looks unreasonable turns out to be adequate. Professor Peierls does not suggest, however, that theoretical physics is a hazardous game in which one can never foresee the surprises a detailed calculation might reveal. Rather, he contends, all the surprises discussed have rational explanations, most of which are very simple, at least in principle. This book is based on the author's lectures at the University of Washington in the spring of 1977 and at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire, University de Paris-Sud, Orsay, during the winter of 1977-1978.

The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of New ...

Author: Yung-Kuo Lim

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789813103504

Category: Science

Page: 676

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The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of New York at Buffalo, Princeton University and University of Wisconsin. This volume comprises 440 problems and is divided into five parts: (I) Electrostatics; (II) Magnetostatic Field and Quasi-Stationary Electromagnetic Field; (III) Circuit Analysis; (IV) Electromagnetic Waves; (V) Relativistic Particle-Field Interactions.

He presents the elements of physical cosmology, including the history of the discovery of the expanding universe; surveys the cosmological tests that measure the geometry of space-time, with a discussion of general relativity as the basis ...

Author: P. J. E. Peebles

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691209814

Category: Science

Page: 774

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The classic introduction to physical cosmology from Nobel Prize–winning physicist P. J. E. Peebles Principles of Physical Cosmology is the essential introduction to this critical area of modern physics, written by a leading pioneer who has shaped the course of the field for decades. P. J. E. Peebles provides an authoritative overview of the field, showing how observation has combined with theory to establish the science of physical cosmology. He presents the elements of physical cosmology, including the history of the discovery of the expanding universe; surveys the cosmological tests that measure the geometry of space-time, with a discussion of general relativity as the basis for these tests; and reviews the origin of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. Now featuring Peebles's 2019 Nobel lecture, Principles of Physical Cosmology remains an indispensable reference for students and researchers alike.

This book will be of use to students and researchers in civil, petroleum, and environmental engineering and to geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, and other earth scientists interested in the physics of the earth.

Author: Yves Guéguen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691034524

Category: Nature

Page: 294

View: 978

Finding viable solutions to many of the problems threatening our environment hinges on understanding the rocks below the earth's surface. For those evaluating the relative hazards of radioactive waste sites, investigating energy resources such as oil, gas, and hydrothermal energy, studying the behavior of natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes, or charting the flow of groundwater through the earth, this book will be indispensable. Until now, there has been no book that treats the subject of the nature and behavior of rocks in a comprehensive yet accessible manner. Yves Gu�guen and Victor Palciauskas first discuss the physical properties of rocks, proceeding by chapter through mechanical, fluid flow, acoustical, electrical, dielectric, thermal, and magnetic properties. Then they provide the theoretical framework for achieving reliable data and making reasonable inferences about the aggregate system within the earth. Introduction to the Physics of Rocks covers the important and most current theoretical approaches to the physics of inhomogeneous media, including theoretical bounds on properties, various effective medium theories, percolation, and fractals. This book will be of use to students and researchers in civil, petroleum, and environmental engineering and to geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, and other earth scientists interested in the physics of the earth. Its clear presentation, with problems at the end of each chapter and selective references, will make it ideal for advanced undergraduate-or graduate-level courses.

The theme of the conference was “Critical Problems in Physics.” Fifty years
earlier, in celebration of Princeton's Bicentennial in September of 1946, a
conference was held devoted to two subjects: “The Future of Nuclear Science”
and “Physical ...

Author: Val L. Fitch

Publisher: Universities Press

ISBN: 817371276X

Category: Astrophysics

Page: 308

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The past century has seen fantastic advances in physics, from the discovery of the election, x-rays and radioactivity, to the era of incredible solid state devices, computers, quarks and leptons, and the standard model.

The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of New ...

Author: Yung-Kuo Lim

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789813103733

Category: Science

Page: 420

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The material for these volumes has been selected from the past twenty years' examination questions for graduate students at University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, MIT, State University of New York at Buffalo, Princeton University and University of Wisconsin.

Marchuk , G . I . and Yanenko , N . N . ( 1965 ) , " Applications of the Method of
Splitting ( Fractional Steps ) to the Solution of Problems of Mathematical Physics ,
" Proceedings of the IFIP Congress , N . Y . , 1965 , Spartan Books . 36 . Mitchell ...

Recent developments are revieved , and their implications to reactor physics /
technology / engineering issues are ... The steady - state solution of the nonlinear
Vlasov - Poisson equations is reduced to a nonlinear eigenvalue problem for the
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