Physics and Astronomy - Course Details

PHYS172: Modern Mechanics (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)


Summer, Fall, Spring, Credits 4


Corequisite: MA 161. Authorized equivalent courses or consent of instructor may be used in satisfying course pre- and co-requisites.

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Introductory calculus-based physics course using fundamental interactions between atoms to describe Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, energy quantization, entropy, the kinetic theory of gases, and related topics in mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on using only a few fundamental principles to describe physical phenomena extending from nuclei to galaxies. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed by the student from the very beginning.


Hirsch, Andrew (coord) – Caffee, Marc – Lee, Kyoung-Soo

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Textbook(s) for Fall 2014
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter and Interactions Vol. 1 (Softcover Book) REQUIRED, either NEW or USED Chabay and Sherwood 3rd Wiley & Sons Required
WebAssign Access REQUIRED (Purchase separately at the bookstore, if not included with textbook) Optional
i>Clicker REQUIRED (Purchase at bookstore) Bedford/Freeman/Worth Optional

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