Fondamenti Di Fisica Halliday Resnick Walker Ita



Fondamenti Di Fisica Halliday Resnick Walker Ita

John Thomas William Halliday was born in 1905 in New York City. He attended Central High School, and Carnegie Institute of Technology. He received an A.B. degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1929, and an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1931, and a PhD in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948.

Shortly after receiving his PhD in physics from Minnesota in 1948, Halliday became an instructor in physics at the University of Pittsburgh. There, he wrote his first book, Nuclear Physics, which became a classic text and was translated into at least 10 languages. During the 1940s and 1950s, he visited schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, conducting the flying circus, a physics demonstration that had great success in physics education.

The 10th edition of Halliday’s Fundamentals of Physics brings a number of improvements in both the physical and conceptual content. It is written in a concise and lucid style and uses the latest models, theories and experiments to illustrate the topics covered. The first volume deals with energy, heat, work and the second with matter, fields, and motion. This book should be a part of any introductory physics course, but its introduction to rigorous scientific method and its strong emphasis on scientific reasoning and critical thinking will hopefully equip students with the tools they need to become educated thoughtful, but more importantly – enthusiastic and life-long learners. To top that off, the book includes a series of innovative features such as analysis questions, self-study modules, simulated labs, dynamic visualizations, assessment questions and problem-solving multimedia presentations.

His Physics has been used widely and is considered to have revolutionized physics education by many. Now in its tenth edition in a two-volume set revised by Jearl Walker, and under the title Fundamentals of Physics, it is still highly regarded. It is noted for its clear standardized diagrams, very thorough but highly readable pedagogy, outlook into modern physics, and challenging, thought provoking problems. In 2002 the American Physical Society named the work the most outstanding introductory physics text of the 20th century.
Halliday attended the University of Pittsburgh both as an undergraduate student and a graduate student, receiving his Ph.D. in physics in 1941. During World War II, he worked at the MIT Radiation Lab developing radar techniques. In 1946 he returned to Pittsburgh as an assistant professor and spent the rest of his career there. In 1950, he wrote Nuclear Physics, which became a classic text and was translated into four languages. In 1951 Halliday became the Department Chair, a position he held until 1962.
Halliday’s goal was to present to the students of Pittsburgh the basic principles of physics, to explain key concepts, to guide the student to practical experience with instruments and materials and to encourage the student to investigate phenomena by experimenting and making observations. He felt that physics was best taught by the freshman physics course and the sophomore physics course. He believed that students should try experiments and that experimentation should be presented in a way that would lead the student to their own questions rather than have an instructor give answers. He felt that concepts should be presented in the form of problems and not just be discussed at a level of abstraction.

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