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Exercises in Practical Physics

Nature volume 96, page 702 (24 February 1916) | Download Citation



THIS well-known text-book, the first edition of which was reviewed in NATURE of February 20, 1902, now appears in a revised form. A comparison petween the present volume and an earlier edition shows few changes of great importance. Additional paragraphs have been supplied at the ends of some of the sections, but only a small part has been rewritten. A new section on the determination of dip by means of the dip circle is given in an appendix. A more drastic revision would have improved the book greatly, and brought it more into touch with modern methods. The increased use now made in physical laboratories of commercial ammeters and voltmeters would not be realised by a teacher depending only on this volume. We do not find a single exercise in connection with electrostatic measurements. In section Ixvi. the Weston cell is now described as the standard cell, and all reference to the Clark cell is omitted; in the following sections, however, the Clark cell is still mentioned as the standard.. In the measurement of wave-lengths, Rowland's table is referred to, but no mention is made of the new international scale of wavelengths. In spite of its somewhat old-fashioned character, the book remains an excellent one both for the teacher and the advanced student.

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