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Buffa, Peter F.

Overview
Works: 64 works in 172 publications in 1 language and 624 library holdings
Genres: Instructional films  History  Science films  Children's films  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Producer
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter F Buffa
The Mechanical universe by Don Cupitt( Visual )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of introductory college physics
Derivatives ; Inertia( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 3, Derivatives, deals with the function of mathematics in physical science and the derivative as a practical tool. Program 4, Inertia, deals with Galileo's efforts to answer questions about the nature of the universe, the development of his law of inertia, and the risks that he took in challenging accepted knowledge of the period. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Vectors ; Newton's laws( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 5, Vectors, deals with the issues addressed by physics: why, how much, where, and which way. Program 6, Newton's laws, covers Newton's contribution to the laws of force, mass, and acceleration. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Integration ; The apple and the moon( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 7, Integration, deals with Newton's and Leibniz conclusion that differentiation and integration are inverse processes. Program 8, The apple and the moon, covers Newton's discovery that gravity describes the force between any two particles in the universe. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
The Mechanical universe and beyond, part I( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces students to the study of physics in an engrossing, challenging fashion. Presents the basic ideas of physics, including the history of how these ideas are derived and the spirit and methods by which science operates
Angular momentum ; Torques and gyroscopes( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1. Angular momentum: Angular momentum is a twist on momentum - the cross product of the radius vector and momentum ; Program 2. Torques and gyroscopes: When a torque acts on a spinning object the angular momentum changes but the object only precesses - why a spinning top doesn't topple
Kepler's 3 laws ; The Kepler problem( Visual )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1. Kepler's three laws: Kepler's three laws described the motion of heavenly bodies with unprecedented accuracy ; Program 2. The Kepler problem: The task of deducing all three of Kepler's laws from Newton's universal law of gravitation is known as the Kepler problem
Introduction to the mechanical universe ; The law of falling bodies( Visual )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1. Introduction to the mechanical universe: This preview enters an Aristotelian world in conflict, introduces the ideas of Copernicus through Newton, and links the physics of the heavens to that of the earth ; Program 2. The law of falling bodies: Galileo's imaginative experiments proved that all bodies fall with the same constant acceleration
From Kepler to Einstein ; Harmony of the spheres( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 25 discusses how the law of gravity affects planetary orbits and the tides, Einstein's theory of the curvature of space-time, black holes and beyond. Program 26 presents an overview of the evolution of understanding of the harmony of the spheres and the laws of the mechanical universe. Uses computer animation sequences, historic reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Conservation of momentum( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1. Conservation of momentum: Newton's laws embody the concept of conservation of momentum - the product of mass and velocity ; Program 2. Harmonic motion: The restoring force and inertia of any stable mechanical system cause objects to execute simple harmonic motion, a phenomenon that repeats itself in perfect time
Conservation of energy ; Potential energy( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 13 explains and demonstrates the principle of conservation of energy emphasizing the two forms of mechanical energy, potential and kinetic, and the relationship between them. Program 14 further develops the principle of potential energy. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Resonance ; Waves( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 17 explores the phenomenon of resonance and discusses how this phenomenon can be used to explain why a swaying bridge can collapse in a mild wind or why a wineglass can be shattered by a human voice. Program 18 discusses Newton's application of the simple harmonic motion concept to the propagation of sound. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
The Mechanical universe and beyond : [2nd semester]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second semester of a college-level telecourse in physics. Title of first semester program: The mechanical universe
Moving in circles ; Fundamental forces( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 9 demonstrates how a body in uniform circular motion has both constant speed and constant acceleration. Program 10 discusses the four fundamental forces that explain all the physical phenomena of nature: the strong and weak nuclear forces, the electrical force, and the gravitational force. Uses computer animation sequences, historic reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Energy and eccentricity ; Navigating in space( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 23 describes the orbit of all heavenly bodies in terms of the laws of conservation of energy and angular momentum. Focuses on conical sections and orbit shape. Program 24 discusses how the amount of energy needed to voyage to other planets can be minimized by using the same principles that guide planets around the solar system. Demonstrates utilization of gravitational force in space navigation. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
Temperature & the gas law ; The engine of nature by Peter F. (producer) Buffa( Visual )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 45 explores the connection between temperature and the motion of atoms and molecules. Program 46 traces the history of the steam engine and the contributions of Carnot leading to the discovery of entropy. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
The Mechanical universe( Visual )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of introductory college physics
Gravity, electricity & magnetism ; The Millikan experiment( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1. Gravity, electricity, magnetism: The gravitational force between two masses, the electric force between two charges, and the magnetic force between two poles - all take essentially the same mathematical form ; Program 2. The Millikan experiment: Understanding the electric force on a charged droplet and viscosity, Robert Millikan measured the charge of a single electron
The Michelson-Morley experiment ; The Lorentz transformation( Visual )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 41 deals with the Michelson Morley experiment of 1887 which was designed to measure the motion of the earth through the ether. It explains why this experiment is considered the most brilliant failure in scientific history. Program 42 examines the hypothesis that if the speed of light is constant for all inertial observers, as indicated by the Michelson-Morley experiment, then measurements will depend upon who does the measuring. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
The Electric field ; Capacitance & potential( Visual )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 29 deals with Michael Faraday's contribution to the modern idea of the field of force. Also covers electric fields of static charges, Gauss's law, and the conservation of flux. Program 30 discusses Benjamin Franklin's theory of the Leyden jar and his invention of the parallel plate capacitor. Also covers electrical potential, the potential of charged conductors, equipotentials, and capacitance. Uses computer animation sequences, historical reenactments, and close-up photography of experiments
 
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