
A Radically Modern Approach to Introductory Physics
Volume 1: Fundamental Principles
Second Edition
This nontraditional text arose from the conviction that science and
engineering students would benefit from an introductory course which
covers all of physics from a modern point of view. The text takes the
perspective of a modern particle physicist and is based more on wave
dynamics and relativity than on classical mechanics. The subject
matter is split into two volumes of twelve chapters each. This is
Volume 1, which covers:
 Waves, including geometrical optics
 Theory of relativity
 Relativistic matter waves and quantum mechanics
 Classical mechanics as the geometric optics limit
of quantum mechanics
Volume 2 will cover:
 Gravity
 A treatment of electromagnetism which builds on relativity
 Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
 Statistical mechanics and thermodynamics
The result is a conceptually challenging but mathematically simple
text which can be covered in two semesters or three quarters without
omitting any content. Such a course has been offered for over ten
years at New Mexico Tech to incoming physics majors and other
interested students who are well prepared in high school physics and
mathematics.

Author: David J. Raymond
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781938159060
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