This textbook presents the fundamentals of Newtonian Mechanics to the college undergraduate or the
advanced high school student in a way that taps the student's common sense. Starting with things we see
directly, it leads the student to a deep understanding of the best in modern theory. Each chapter builds
on the previous one in a simple way to the crescendo of special relativity, drawing the student at each
step into the excitement of physics. This profound unity of principle is complemented by a unity of
practice through the challenge of a manned mission to Mars by AD 2030, which is the current commitment of
the US. Real world problems and examples salt the text, helping the student to ground his thinking and
see the importance of physics to everyday life.
It is the hope of the IAP that this approach will make the rigorous, scientific content at once
engaging and challenging to both those interested in careers in the hard sciences and also those not
traditionally attracted to mathematics and the hard sciences.
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