23. May 2005 14:06
After passing it at B&N several times I picked this book up yesterday. I really enjoyed my Physics in college but of course being in a hurry to graduate left no time for pursuing any interesting things. I do regret that my physics class was not Calculus based. When I did take Calculus the physics applications were by far the most interesting parts. When we were shown that the first derrivative of the acceleration function is the distance function I was blown away as it was the first time I'd ever seen a mathematical idea (derrivatives) explain not a phenomenon in reality (If the train is going 100 km/h and the city is 50 km away...) but an actual aspect of reality.
Back to the book, I just started reading the first few chapters: a refresher on basic physics. More impressions as I read through it but you can probably expect to see a DamonPayne.Physics C# library posted here.
When picking this book up I also realized how utterly ludicrous it is that the English measurement system is still in use. Over the course of the year, I'm going to try to convert to thinking of things in terms of Kilometers to my house and my car's 0-100km acceleration time.