Science of Everyday Things: Real-Life Physics

  • Volume 2
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 078765633X
  • ISBN-13: 9780787656331
  • DDC: 530
  • Shipping Weight: 2.90 lbs ( 1.32 kgs)
  • 408 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2002 | Published



This 4-vol. set illustrates the importance of scientific and mathematical principles through their use in everyday life. Each volume focuses on a specific scientific discipline -- biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics -- offering students an in-depth understanding of each discipline and its theories. Creating a sense of real-life relevance for students, the Science of Everyday Things expands on the explanations of scientific principles and concepts using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, and presents theories in their everyday applications. Some of the entries covered include: how osmosis is used in dehydrating fruit; how the principles of aerodynamics are applied to cars; Charles' law and the chemical reaction that sets off an airbag; how algorithms are used to figure out the NCAA playoff tournaments; and more. Each volume the Science of Everyday Things presents approximately 40-50 entries and includes photos, diagrams, sidebars containing short glossaries and interesting facts and details relating to each principle.


"The first two of a projected four volumes examine the disciplines of chemistry and physics from an interesting perspective: eight or nine major topics, arranged by increasing complexity, are explained through a total of 40 entries...The descriptions will interest readers, yet are academic, and appropriate for students and teacher reference. Fascinating real-life applications within the same entry range from commonplace examples to extraordinary...For research and instruction, these volumes are enormously useful." -- School Library Journal (August 2002)

— School Library Journal

"...Real-Life Physics, presented in layman's terms, would be helpful for middle-schoool science, but equations are too watered down for high-school physics; it would be good for physical science and tech prep classes, however..." -- The Book Report (March/April 2002)

— Book Report