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PHYS172IMP — Fall 2017

PHYS172IMP: Modern Mechanics

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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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Impact learning- combination of lecture and recitation. 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. PHYS 172 but with 2-75 minute problem-solving/discussion classes per week, online videos, and a 2-hour lab.


Hirsch, Andrew S.


Hirsch, Andrew S.

Textbook(s) for Fall 2017
Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interaction Chabay & Sherwood 4th 978-1118914496 Wiley & Sons Required

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