The Hutchinson Pocket Dictionary of Physics (Hutchinson by John Avison
By John Avison
Alphabetically prepared and cross-referenced, this dictionary offers crucial info on physics, together with such parts because the quantum concept and alpha debris.
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Alphabetically prepared and cross-referenced, this dictionary presents crucial details on physics, together with such parts because the quantum thought and alpha debris.
One vibrant February afternoon on a seashore in Cornwall, Gavin
Pretor-Pinney took a holiday from cloudspotting and began looking at the
waves rolling into shore. Mesmerised, he questioned the place that they had come
from, and determined to determine. He quickly realised that waves don't just
appear at the ocean, they're all over the place round us, and our lives
depend on them.
From the rippling beats of our hearts, to the circulate of nutrition through
our digestive tracts and of signs throughout our brains, waves are the
transport structures of bodies. every little thing we see and listen to reaches us
via mild and sound waves, and our info age is reliant on the
microwaves and infrared waves utilized by the phone and internet
infrastructure. From shockwaves unleashed by way of explosions to torsional
waves that reason suspension bridges to break down, from sonar waves that
allow submarines to 'see' with sound to Mexican waves that sweep
through stadium crowds. .. there have been waves, it appeared, at any place Gavin
looked. yet what, he puzzled, might all of them have in universal with ones
we splash round in on holiday?
By the time he made the last word surfer's pilgrimage to Hawaii, Gavin
had turn into a world-class wavewatcher, even though he was once nonetheless garbage at
surfing. And, whereas this interesting, humorous booklet won't educate you how
to journey the waves, it is going to aid you music into the shapes,
colours and kinds of life's many undulations.
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Dipole, magnetic see magnetic dipole. direct current DC, electric current where the electrons (negative charge) flow in one direction, and that does not reverse its flow as alternating current does. The electricity produced by a battery is direct current. Electromagnets and electric trains use direct current. dispersion in physics, a particular property of refraction in which the angle and velocity of waves passing through a dispersive medium depends upon their frequency. When visible white light passes through a prism it is split into a spectrum (see electromagnetic waves).
Gamma radiation very high-frequency, high-energy electromagnetic radiation, similar in nature to Xrays but of shorter wavelength, emitted by the nuclei of radioactive substances during decay or by the interactions of high-energy electrons with matter. Cosmic gamma rays have been identified as coming from pulsars, radio galaxies, and quasars, although they cannot penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. gas form of matter, such as air, in which the molecules move randomly in otherwise empty space, filling any size or shape of container into which the gas is put.
Dynamics or kinetics, in mechanics, the mathematical and physical study of the behaviour of bodies under the action of forces that produce changes of motion in them. dynamo former name for a generator. echo repetition of a sound wave, or of a radar or sonar signal, by reflection from a hard surface such as a wall or building. By accurately measuring the time taken for an echo to return to the transmitter, and by knowing the speed of a radar signal (the speed of light) or a sonar signal (the speed of sound in water), it is possible to calculate the range of the object causing the echo (echolocation).