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:
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:
Table of Contents
1: Law of Action and Reaction
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"The book purposefully departs from a traditional physics textbook format and it does it very well."
“One of the best in the Manga Guide series. It's also a great fit of form and subject. Recommended.”
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"Having applications of physics that are easy to relate to makes things easier to understand. That's where this book excels in my opinion."
"This volume added a good text-only section in which the two main characters bantered between each other about some of the finer points of physics. These dialogs proved to be more effective in teaching the reader the subject than the comics did, while still remaining charming and amusing."
"Takatsu's art is well-suited to the story segments. Solidly cartoonish, with plenty of broadly and physically expressed emotions, it comically fits the book's considerations of energy, momentum, and impact."
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