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PHYS172 — Spring 2023

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 2023

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter and Interaction WileyPLUS/Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) Loose-leaf Book (Entire Book) Chabay and Sherwood 9781119462316 Wiley and Sons Required If planning to take 2 semesters (PHYS 172/272). Entire book. Choose 1 of 3 options for textbook.
iClicker Required Purchase at bookstore
Matter and Interaction WileyPLUS/Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) Loose-leaf Vol. 1 Chabay and Sherwood 4th: Vol. 1 9781119462415 Wiley and Sons Required Choose 1 of 3 textbook options.**This option is for 1 semester access to WileyPLUS, eText within WileyPLUS, and the Volume 1 Loose Leaf.
Matter and Interactions WileyPLUS/Brightspace Access Code (Includes online e-book) Chabay and Sherwood 9781119352433 Wiley and Sons Required Choose 1 of 3 options.**This option is for access to WileyPLUS with eText within WP. If students take a second semester, they will NOT have to purchase again.

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