Modern Devices

The Simple Physics of Sophisticated Technology
by Charles L. Joseph & Santiago Bernal

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: May 16, 2016

ISBN: 9781119011828

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Focuses on the common recurring physical principles behind sophisticated modern devices

This book discusses the principles of physics through applications of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced instruments. The authors use diagrams, sketches, and graphs coupled with equations and mathematical analysis to enhance the reader’s understanding of modern devices. Readers will learn to identify common underlying physical principles that govern several types of devices, while gaining an understanding of the performance trade-off imposed by the physical limitations of various processing methods. The topics discussed in the book assume readers have taken an introductory physics course, college algebra, and have a basic understanding of calculus.  

  • Describes the basic physics behind a large number of devices encountered in everyday life, from the air conditioner to Blu-ray discs
  • Covers state-of-the-art devices such as spectrographs, photoelectric image sensors, spacecraft systems, astronomical and planetary observatories, biomedical imaging instruments, particle accelerators, and jet engines
  • Includes access to a book companion site that houses Power Point slides

Modern Devices: The Simple Physics of Sophisticated Technology is designed as a reference for professionals that would like to gain a basic understanding of the operation of complex technologies. The book is also suitable as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate non-major students interested in physics.