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.


Saxena, Virendra (COORD)


Textbook(s) for Summer 2016
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interactions Vol 1 (Binder Ready) Chabay & Sherwood 4th: Vol 1 978-1118914526 Wiley & Sons Required Choose 1 of 2 textbooks
Matter & Interaction, Vol 1 4E 1 Sem Set Chabay & Sherwood 4th: Vol 1 978-1119091691 Wiley & Sons Required Choose 1 of 2 textbooks
WebAssign Required
Physics 172 Labs available on the Phys 172 website Required
i>Clicker Previous versions are acceptable 0-7167-7939-0 ( Macmillan MPS Required

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