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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.

Hirsch, Andrew (coord) – Durbin, Stephen – Caffee, Marc

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Textbook(s) for Fall 2013

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interactions Vol. 1 (Softcover Book) Chabay & Sherwood 3rd 9780470503454 Wiley & Sons Optional
Matter & Interactions V1 Webassign 1s Set (Vol. 1 package with Webassign - Paperback) Chabay & Sherwood 3rd 9780470597798 Wiley & Sons Optional
Matter & Interactions 3e CourseSmart (Vol. 1 & 2) excluding WebAssign Chabay & Sherwood 3rd 9780470565889 Wiley & Sons Optional
i>Clicker Bedford/Freeman/Worth Optional
WebAssign Optional
No Textbook: (Physics 172 Lab information on-line) Fall 2013 Optional

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