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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.

Niffenegger, Kelsie (coord) – Heim, Jordan – Mithcell, Zachary

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Textbook(s) for Summer 2014

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interactions Vol 1 Chabay & Sherwood 3rd 9780470503454 Wiley & Sons Required
Physics 172 Labs availale on the Phys 172 website Summer 2014 Required
WebAssign Required
i>Clicker Previous versions are acceptable 0-7167-7939-0 ( Macmillan MPS Optional

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