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Smithsonian Physical Tables (9th Revised Edition) from Knovel

Originally published by Smithsonian Institution Press in 1954, this classic reference source comprises 901 tables of general interest to scientists and engineers, and of particular interest to those involved with physics in its larger sense. In 2003, Knovel undertook the conversion of this publication into full-text searchable electronic format that makes data easily accessible.

Topics covered include

  • Abundance of Elements
  • Acoustics
  • Aeronautics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Atomic and Molecular Data
  • Atomic and Molecular Dimensions
  • Changes in Freezing and Boiling Points
  • Characteristics of Plastics
  • Characteristics of Some Building Materials
  • Characteristics of Some Light-source Materials, and Some Light
  • Colloids
  • Common Units of Measurement
  • Compressibility
  • Constants for Temperature Measurement
  • Cooling by Radiation and Convection
  • Cosmic Rays
  • Densities
  • Densities and Humidities of Moist Air
  • Diffusion, Solubility, Surface Tension, and Vapor Pressure
  • Electrical and Mechanical Characteristics of Wire
  • Electrolytics Conduction
  • Electron Emission
  • Emissivities of a Number of Materials
  • Fission
  • General Physical Constants
  • Geomagnetism
  • Gravitation
  • Heat Flow and Thermal Conductivity
  • Heats of Combustion
  • Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • Latent Heat
  • Magnetic Properties of Materials
  • Magneto-optic Effects
  • Media for Determinations of Refractive Indices with the Microscope
  • Molecular Constants of Diatomic Molecules
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Oceanography
  • Optical Glass and Optical Crystals
  • Photography
  • Photometry
  • Physical and Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • Physical Properties of Leather
  • Properties of Fibers
  • Properties of Woods
  • Radio Propagation Data
  • Radioactivity
  • Reflection and Absorption of Radiation
  • Rotation of Plane of Polarized Light
  • Solar Radiation
  • Some Characteristics of Dielectrics
  • Sources
  • Specific Heat
  • Standard Wavelengths and Series Relations in Atomic Spectra
  • Temperature Characteristics of Materials
  • Temperature, Pressure, Volume, and Weight Relations of Gases and
  • The Atmosphere
  • The Barometer
  • The Blackbody and its Radiant Energy
  • The Earth's Rotation: Its Variation
  • The Joule-Thomson Effect in Fluids
  • Thermal Expansion
  • Thermal Properties of Gases
  • Thermal Properties of Saturated Vapors
  • Transmission of Radiation
  • Values of Physical Constants of Different Rubbers
  • Vapors
  • Various Electrical Characteristics of Materials
  • Velocity of Sound
  • Viscosity of Fluids and Solids
  • X-rays


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September 13, 2010


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