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Physics in the Arts

Revised Edition

Physics in the Arts is a concise, 328-page four-color entry in the Complementary Science Series, designed for science enthusiasts and liberal arts students requiring or desiring a well-developed discussion of physical phenomena, particularly with regard to sound and light.

Typical course: A course on sound and light for non-science majors covering the nature of sound and sound perception; fundamentals of harmony, musical photography, color perception, and color mixing. Easily understood by those with high school algebra and geometry.

Non-science students in courses related to the study of physics with light and sound.

Paperback, 328 Pages

Published: July 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-391878-9


  • "...the work of a pair of great physicists and top teachers...clear and imaginative. I cannot remember an occasion where a student complained about this text."--Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    "I found the book very-well written...the book is also very popular with students. It covers the material at a depth appropriate for non-science students who are interested in the will be a very useful addition to the textbook literature for liberal arts colleges."-- Baha Balantekin, Eugene P. Wigner Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Introduction
    1: Light and Light Waves
    2: Reflection and Refraction
    3: Lenses
    4: The Eye
    5: Photography
    6: Color and Color Vision
    7: Additive Color Mixing
    8: Subtractive Color Mixing
    9: Color Generating Mechanisms
    10: Periodic Oscillations
    11: Simple Harmonic Motion
    12: Damped Oscillations and Resonance
    13: Adding Sound Sources: Beats and Harmony
    14: Waves
    15: Sound Perception
    16: The Ear
    17: Vibration of Strings
    18: Pipes
    19: Fourier Analysis
    20: Musical Scales
    21: Musical Instruments
    Solutions to Problems


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