Megumi, the heroine of The Manga Guide to Physics, is an all-star athlete, but she’s a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can’t concentrate on her tennis matches when she’s worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics — the foundation of physics.
Readers of this charming cartoon guide learn alongside Megumi as Ryota explains difficult concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration — all while using everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis balls.
The Manga Guide to Physics teaches readers how to:
- Apply Newton’s three laws of motion to real-life problems
- Determine how objects will move after a collision
- Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry
- Calculate how an object’s kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increases
“The Manga Guides prove that readers can grasp difficult scientific and mathematical topics with just a little helping of comics, narrative, and metaphor,” said No Starch Press Founder Bill Pollock. “By easing the stress of learning with an interesting story, The Manga Guide to Physics ensures that readers stick with it — they care about Megumi’s struggles in both physics and in tennis. The illustrated approach makes certain that readers immediately understand Ryota’s examples and literally see how physics works.”
Co-published with scientific and technical publisher Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, The Manga Guide to Physics makes learning about physics fun. Studying physics will never be the same again!