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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 P. (coord) – Hirsch, Andrew – Malis, Oana – Rebello, Carina

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Textbook(s) for Spring 2017
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interaction Vol 1 Binder Ready Version with WebAssign 1 Sem Set Chabay & Sherwood 4th: Vol 1 978-1119091721 Wiley & Sons Required Choose 1 of the 3 textbooks.
Matter and Interactions Vol. 1 (Binder Ready) Chabay and Sherwood 4th: Vol 1 978-1118914526 Wiley and Sons Required Textbook, only. Choose 1 of the 3 textbooks.
Matter and Interactions, Vol. 1 WebAssign Plus 1 sem Set Chabay & Sherwood 4th: Vol 1 978-1119091691 Wiley & Sons Required Choose 1 of the 3 textbooks.
i>Clicker REQUIRED (Purchase at bookstore) 978-1498601634 ( Macmillan MPS Required
WebAssign Access REQUIRED (Purchase separately at the bookstore, if not included with textbook) Required

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