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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.


Haugan, Mark (coord) – Csathy, Gabor – Peterson, John – Rokhinson, Leonid

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Textbook(s) for Spring 2014
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interactions Vol 1 Chabay & Sherwood 3rd, 9780470503454 Wiley & Sons Required Choose Text Vol. 1 or Text with WebAssign
Matter & Interaction V1 Webassign 1s Set Chabay & Sherwood 3rd 9780470597798 Wiley & Sons Required Choose Text Vol. 1 or Text with WebAssign
Physics 172 Labs availale on the Phys 172 website Spring 2014 Required
WebAssign Required
i>clicker 0-7167-7939-0 ( Macmillan MPS Required

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