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Physics and Astronomy - Course Details

PHYS172: Modern Mechanics (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)

Summer, Fall, Spring, Credits 4

Corequisite: MA 161.
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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.


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Textbook(s) for Spring 2022

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
i>Clicker REQUIRED (Purchase at bookstore) Required
Matter and Interactions WileyPLUS/D2L Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) Chabay & Sherwood 978-1119352433 Wiley & Sons Required "Choose 1 of 3 options for textbook".
Matter & Interaction Wiley/PLUS/D2L Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) + Loose-leaf Chabay & Sherwood 978-1119462415 Wiley & Sons Required Choose 1 of 3 options.
Matter & Interaction WileyPLUS/D2L Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) + Loose-leaf Book (Entire Book) Chabay & Sherwood 978-1119462316 Wiley & Sons Required If planning to take 2 semesters. Entire book. "Choose 1 of 3 options for textbook".

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