Brainteaser Physics: Challenging Physics Puzzlers

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JHU Press, Jan 19, 2007 - Mathematics - 162 pages
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Does a glass of ice water filled to the brim overflow when the ice melts? Does the energy inside a sauna increase when you heat it up? What's the best way to cool your coffee—adding the creamer first or last?

These and other challenging puzzlers provide a fresh—and fun—approach to learning real physics. Presenting both classic and new problems, Brainteaser Physics challenges readers to use imagination and basic physics principles to find the answers. Göran Grimvall provides detailed and accessible explanations of the solutions, sometimes correcting the standard explanations, sometimes putting a new twist on them. He provides diagrams and equations where appropriate and ends each problem by discussing a specific concept or offering an extra challenge.

With Brainteaser Physics, students and veteran physicists alike can sharpen their critical and creative thinking—and have fun at the same time.

 

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Göran Grimvall is a professor of physics and the director of undergraduate studies at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and has published several popular science books.

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