Name of Collection: Physics

School Name: Stuyvesant High School

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This collection encompasses mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism, light and optics, modern physics

Questions for Inquiry:

What are the basic concepts and fundamental laws of physics?
How can time travel be realized?
How do extra dimensions impact our lives?


Astrophysics, Biophysics, Electricity, Electronics, Gases, Geophysics, Gravitation, Hydraulics, Hydrostics, Light, Liquids, Magnetism, Matter, Mechanics, Music - Acoustics and Physics, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Physical Chemistry, Pneumatics, Quantum Theory, Radiation, Radioactivity, Relativity, Solids, Sounds, Statics, Thermodynamics.

Subject Headings:

Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Light and Optics, Modern Physics.

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

530 Physics
531 Classical Mechanics solid mechanics
532 Fluid Mechanics liquid mechanics
533 Gas mechanics
534 Sound & related vibration
535 Light & paraphotic phenomena
536 Heat
537 Electricity
538 Magnetism
539 Modern Physics

Key Books


Lide, David R., Editor-in-Chief. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 87th Edition, 2006-2007. New York:Taylor and Francis, 2006.

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 5th Edition. New York: Mc-Graw Hill, 2004.

Mitcham, Carl, Editor-in-Chief. Encyclopedia of Science Technology and Ethics. New York: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Oxford Dictionary of Physics, 5th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Penrose, Roger. The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.


Berlinski, David. Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World. New York: The Free Press, 2000.

Bartusiak, Marcia. Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Listening to the Sounds of Space-Time. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2000.

Christman, J. Richard. Fundamentals of Physics: Student Solutions Manual. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Feynman,Richard Phillips and Sands, Matthew L. The Feynman lectures on Physics: Definitive and Extended Ed. San Francisco: Pearson/Addison-Wesley, 2006.

Feynman, Richard Phillips and Feynman, Richard Phillips. Feynman's Tips on Physics: A Problem -Solving Supplement to the Feynman Lectures on Physics. San Francisco: Pearson/Addison-Wesley, 2006.

Feynman, Richard Phillips and Sands, Matthew L. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics, Explained by its most Brilliant Teacher. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Gibilisco, Stan. Advanced Physics Demystified. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Greene, Brian. The Elegant Universe. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Lindley, David. Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science. New York: Anchor Books, 2007.

Randall, Lisa. Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2006.

Segre, Gino. Faust in Copehagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics. New York: Viking, 2007.

Toomey, David. The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007.

Weiner, Adam. Don't Try This at Home: The Physics of Hollywood Movies. New York: Kaplan, 2007.

Zweibach, Barton. A First Course in String Theory. New York: Cambridge UP, 2004.


Abbott, Edwin A. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. New York,New American Library, 1984.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2002.

Clarke, Arthur C. Fountains of Paradise. New York: Warner Books, 2001

Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: The Random House Publishing Group, 1997.

Turtledove, Harry, with Martin H. Greenberg. The Best Time Travel Sories of the 20th Century. New York: Ballantine Books, 2005.

Magazine Articles

• Print:

• Online:

American Scientist homepage
Physics Today Online

Science Magazine Online
Scientific American


Physics-related Free- Access Journals
Science Direct (Library web page) offers over 1,100 journals with 2 million abstracts.

Web Sites:

Physics 2000 "an interactive journey through modern physics"



A Life of Time: Physics and Chonology. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2001.

The Best of Conceptual Physics Alive by Paul Hewitt. Arbor Scientific, 2004.


Carlson, Shawn, Editor. From the Archives of Scientific American: The Amateur Scientist.(2 CDs). Menlo Park, CA: Tinker's Guild, 2000.
Physikus.Germany: Klett, 1999.


Physics: The Standard Deviants Core Curriculum (4 videodiscs including teacher's guide) Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2002.

Community Resources:

American Museum of Natural History, The Rose Center, 79th Street & Central Park West

The New York Public Library The Research Libraries: Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street

Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Avenue (34th Street)

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic: New York State Learning Standard 4 Science Physical Setting

3. Matter is made up of particles whose properties determine the observable characteristics of matter and its reactivity.
5. Energy and matter interact through forces that result in changes in motion.
4. Energy exists in many forms and when these forms change energy is conserved.