In this post, we will see the book Questions and Answers in School Physics by Lev Tarasov and Aldina Tarasova. This post is for the LaTeX version of the book, earlier scanned book can be found here.
This book holds a special place for me, as this book helped me understand many subtle points in physics. Also, this was the first book that I have ever scanned and had added to gigapedia when it was extant. Also, this was one of the first books that I took to typeset in LaTeX, almost a decade back, but gave up after many attempts and the project was untouched for several years. At end of 2019 I restarted the work and here we are.
One major challenge remains to convert the 130 odd diagrams to purely LaTeX using TikZ. I have done this for some figures (~6-7), but most of them are from the scans. I will do it as and when time allows. And of course you are free to contribute as well. Any help in this regard would be highly appreciated.
I have done a round of copy-editing, but still minor typos may exist here and there, (hopefully there are no major typos or screw-ups). So do report if you find any. Earlier scan had two pages which were missing (pages 36-37), they have been added in the current version, so this version is complete. We have also re-scanned the full page figures of section heads and coloured them. Many thanks to psmitak for the scans!
About the typesetting
The typesetting was fun, and I am pleased with the results. A lot of help was derived from questions on tex.stackexchange.com.
The main font used isURW-Garamond with mathdesign, while the sans font is TeX Gyre Adventor. The template used for the typesetting is tufte-book and the paper size is b5. The colour scheme used is
xcolor package of LaTeX along with DarkGray. I have, at times, highlighted questions using Maroon and answers or pedagogically significant remarks using SteelBlue. This is mostly done, if not completely done. Hope that this typeset version is helpful!
PS: Next in line is Tarasov’s Basic Concepts of Quantum Mechanics – one round is done, final copy-editing is currently in progress. A few glimpses from that project: