Manga Guide to Physics

by Hideo Nitta, Keita Takatsu, and TREND-PRO Co., Ltd.

May 2009, 248 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-196-1

"I found the cartoon approach of this book so compelling and its story so endearing that I recommend that every teacher of introductory physics, in both high school and college, consider using it."
—American Journal of Physics

“Absolutely amazing for teaching complex ideas and theories. . . Excellent primers for serious study of physics topics.”
—Physics Today

Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics-and improve her tennis game in the process!

In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis serves. In no time, you'll master tough concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Apply Newton's three laws of motion to real-life problems
  • Determine how objects will move after a collision
  • Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry
  • Calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases

If you're mystified by the basics of physics or you just need a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physics will get you up to speed in a lively, quirky, and practical way.


About the Author

Hideo Nitta, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physics at Tokyo Gakugei University. He has had many papers and books published by Japanese and overseas publishers on subjects including quantum dynamics and radiation physics. He also has a strong interest in physics education. He is a member of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE), which is a commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).


Sample pages from The Manga Guide to Physics:

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Does Physics Bother You?

1: Law of Action and Reaction
2: Force and Motion
3: Momentum
4: Energy

Epilogue
Appendix: Making Sense of Units
Index

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Reviews

"I found the cartoon approach of this book so compelling and its story so endearing that I recommend that every teacher of introductory physics, in both high school and college, consider using it."
—American Journal of Physics

"Overall, we found the books absolutely amazing for teaching complex ideas and theories to people of nearly any age."
—Physics Today (Read More)

"This is a perfect introduction to four key physics concepts—law of action and reaction, force and motion, momentum, and energy—especially for fans of anime and manga."
—School Library Journal (Read More)

"The book purposefully departs from a traditional physics textbook format and it does it very well."
—Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin, Ryerson University

"If we are going to enthuse the next generation of physicists, mechanics, and engineers then perhaps this is the book to do it."
—The School Librarian

“One of the best in the Manga Guide series. It's also a great fit of form and subject. Recommended.”
—Otaku USA Magazine

"Tennis is well-chosen to tie the educational and entertainment aspects of the book together."
—Comics Worth Reading (Read More)

"If you are a student (or know a student) who is intimidated about the prospect of an upcoming physics class, this might be a very good book to provide ahead of time, so they can familiarize themselves with the concepts (and equations) ahead of time, in a less intimidating way."
—About.com Physics (Read More

"And what about being confronted in daily life by Newton's three laws of motion? Or getting on Jeopardy and having to calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases? You'd be glad you'd have read this book. Besides it has cool pictures."
—COED Magazine (Read More)

The Manga Guide to Physics "is an awfully fun, highly educational read."
—FrazzledDad (Read More)

The Manga Guide to Physics "provides a great opportunity to learn some of the basics about physics."
—Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk (Read More)

"My favorite of the series."
—Matthew Helmke (dot) Net (Read More)

"Having applications of physics that are easy to relate to makes things easier to understand. That's where this book excels in my opinion."
—AstroNerdBoy's Anime & Manga Blog (Read More)

"As a parent, I love the idea behind the book but I wondered how teenagers would take to it. I gave The Manga Guide to Physics to my daughter and solicited her opinion. The verdict? She thought it was great."
—The Best Kept Secret (Read More)

"The art is fantastic, and the teaching method is both fun and educational."
—Active Anime (Read More)

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