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Kinematics Textbook help

  1. Sep 15, 2013 #1
    I'm using a Quantum Physics student textbook for physics at school. My class started with Kinematics and I want to know what pages I should read to better understand the topic.

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  3. Sep 15, 2013 #2


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    not knowing your book I'd say ask the teacher or better yet read them all.
  4. Sep 15, 2013 #3
    Problem is my teacher tells us to figure it out ourselves.
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  6. Sep 16, 2013 #5
    Can't find a table of contents for that book, but here's some information on Quantum Kinematics:


    It's usually the material before the discussion of the time evolution of states, i.e. Quantum Dynamics described by the time-dependent Schroedinger equation.
  7. Sep 16, 2013 #6
    Actually that's the name of the book and it has nothing to do with actual quantum physics. This is for high school physics.
  8. Sep 20, 2013 #7


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    A book titled "Quantum Physics" that isn't actually about quantum physics? :confused:

    [added after some Google-sleuthing]

    Aha, it's by Bensaada, Ouelette and Pépin, published by Chenelière Éducation in Montreal. I turned up an answer key which lists the following units for "Third Year of Secondary Cycle Two":

    • Geometric Optics
    • Preliminary Notions of Mechanics
    • Kinematics
    • Dynamics
    • Energy and its Transformations

    Definitely nothing but classical mechanics and optics. The unit on Kinematics has the following chapters:

    • Uniform Rectilinear Motion
    • Uniformly Accelerated Rectilinear Motion
    • The Motion of Projectiles

    And the previous unit includes a chapter on Vectors.

    Not being able to look inside the actual book, or read your teacher's mind, I can't suggest specific pages to read. If you want alternate reading material, any college/university level algebra/trig based intro physics textbook includes those topics, probably at a level slightly above this book. An example is "College Physics" by Serway and Vuille which is what we happen to use here. If you look on Amazon for it, it will probably give you other suggestions for similar books.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013
  9. Sep 20, 2013 #8
    Thank you for that. Yes I live in Montreal and it is strange that they gave the book title, quantum physics even though it's not about quantum physics.
  10. Sep 20, 2013 #9
    Probably some marketing moron chose the title because it sounded cool. I'd be mortified if I was one of the authors.
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