Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Saunders Golden Sunburst Series)

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9780030060496: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Saunders Golden Sunburst Series)

MODERN PHYSICS FOR SCIENTIST AND ENGINEERS, Second Edition incorporates a contemporary and comprehensive approach to physics with a strong emphasis on applications. The author's approach incorporates a flexible organization, numerous examples and problems (over 700), and brings the study of modern physics alive by alluding to many current topics in physics, for example, high temperature superconductors, neutrino mass, age of the universe, gamma ray bursts, holography, and nuclear fusion.

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Stephen Thornton is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 130 research publications in experimental nuclear physics and has done research at several accelerator facilities in the United States and Europe. He has directed the research for 25 graduate students. He has held two U.S. Senior Fulbright-Hays Fellowships and a Max-Planck Fellowship to do research at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany on two occasions. He was the founding Director of the University of Virginia Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has published three college textbooks for physics: "Classical Dynamics" and "Modern Physics" (both published with Brooks Cole, a part of Cengage Learning), and "Physics for Scientists and Engineers." He is currently Director of the Master of Arts in Physics Education program at the University of Virginia, which has graduated more than 70 high school physics teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of several organizations including American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Teachers Association, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (past President), and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He has developed multiple courses for undergraduate students and high school physics teachers.

Andrew Rex has been Professor of Physics at the University of Puget Sound since 1982. He frequently teaches the Modern Physics course, so he has a deep sense of student and instructor challenges. He is the author of several textbooks, including "Modern Physics," "Essential College Physics," and "Integrated Physics and Calculus." In addition to textbook writing, he studies foundations of the second law of thermodynamics, which has led to the publication of several papers and the widely acclaimed book, "Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing."

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Stephen Thornton is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 120 research publications in experimental nuclear physics and served as the initial Director of the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been a Fulbright fellow (twice) and a Max Planck fellow to do research in Germany. In recent years he has become more involved in physics and science education, having served as Chair of AAPT's Committee on Science Education for the Public and as President of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. He has developed distance learning physics and physical science courses for K-12 teachers and taught courses and workshops for thousands of K-12 teachers, including many websites with hands-on activities. He has revitalized the lab/workshop taken by engineering students. He is the author of three physics textbooks, including CLASSICAL DYNAMICS with Jerry Marion and MODERN PHYSICS with Andrew Rex, both published by Thomson - Brooks/Cole.

Andrew Rex is Professor of Physics at the University of Puget Sound. In over 20 years at Puget Sound he has taught throughout the curriculum for majors and non-majors. In 2004 he received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award from the university. Along with Martin Jackson, Rex developed a year-long integrated physics and calculus course and wrote a textbook for that course, INTEGRATED PHYSICS AND CALCULUS, published in 2000. Along with Stephen Thornton, he has co-authored three editions of MODERN PHYSICS, published by Thomson Brooks/Cole (1993, 2000, 2006). Rex's primary research in physics is in statistical thermodynamics, where he has published numerous articles and co-authored (with Harvey Leff) two editions of the monograph MAXWELL'S DEMON (1990, 2003).

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