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Book DetailsDolciani Mathematical ExpositionsVolume: 33; 2008; 375 pp
Sink or Float: Thought Problems in Math and Physics is a collection of problems drawn from mathematics and the real world. Its multiplechoice format forces the reader to become actively involved in deciding upon the answer. The book's aim is to show just how much can be learned by using everyday common sense. The problems are all concrete and understandable by nearly anyone, meaning that not only will students become caught up in some of the questions, but professional mathematicians, too, will easily get hooked. The more than 250 questions cover a wide swath of classical math and physics. Each problem s solution, with explanation, appears in the answer section at the end of the book. A notable feature is the generous sprinkling of boxes appearing throughout the text. These contain historical asides or littleknown facts. The problems themselves can easily turn into serious debatestarters, and the book will find a natural home in the classroom.

Table of Contents

Chapters

What Do You Think? A Sampler

Geometry

Numbers

Astronomy

Archimedes’ Principle

Probability

Classical Mechanics

Electricity and Magnetism

Heat and Wave Phenomena

The Leaking Tank

Linear Algebra

What Do You Think? Answers

Geometry Answers

Numbers Answers

Astronomy Answers

Archimedes’ Principle Answers

Probability Answers

Mechanics Answers

Electricity Answers

Heat and Wave Phenomena Answers

The Leaking Tank Answers

Linear Algebra Answers


Additional Material

Reviews

This book is well written and easy to understand and little is required in the way of a mathematical background. The challenging problems will interest both beginning students and those with a strong mathematical background. Readability is enhanced by over 210 figures and nearly 70 notes which contain historical and related facts. Recommended.
D. P. Turner, Choice


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Sink or Float: Thought Problems in Math and Physics is a collection of problems drawn from mathematics and the real world. Its multiplechoice format forces the reader to become actively involved in deciding upon the answer. The book's aim is to show just how much can be learned by using everyday common sense. The problems are all concrete and understandable by nearly anyone, meaning that not only will students become caught up in some of the questions, but professional mathematicians, too, will easily get hooked. The more than 250 questions cover a wide swath of classical math and physics. Each problem s solution, with explanation, appears in the answer section at the end of the book. A notable feature is the generous sprinkling of boxes appearing throughout the text. These contain historical asides or littleknown facts. The problems themselves can easily turn into serious debatestarters, and the book will find a natural home in the classroom.

Chapters

What Do You Think? A Sampler

Geometry

Numbers

Astronomy

Archimedes’ Principle

Probability

Classical Mechanics

Electricity and Magnetism

Heat and Wave Phenomena

The Leaking Tank

Linear Algebra

What Do You Think? Answers

Geometry Answers

Numbers Answers

Astronomy Answers

Archimedes’ Principle Answers

Probability Answers

Mechanics Answers

Electricity Answers

Heat and Wave Phenomena Answers

The Leaking Tank Answers

Linear Algebra Answers

This book is well written and easy to understand and little is required in the way of a mathematical background. The challenging problems will interest both beginning students and those with a strong mathematical background. Readability is enhanced by over 210 figures and nearly 70 notes which contain historical and related facts. Recommended.
D. P. Turner, Choice