PHYS-151 Mechanics
Fall for 2016-2017
This is the first semester of a calculus-based introduction to physics, particularly suited to the needs of majors in physics and other sciences. The course deals with the nature of matter and its interactions, with a particular emphasis on the small set of laws that govern all mechanical interactions. The course will focus on the atomic nature of matter, connections between microscopic and macroscopic viewpoints, and on fundamental principles such as the momentum principle and the energy principle. These ideas will be used to describe a variety of phenomena, including the speed of sound in a solid and the orbital motion of gravitating bodies. Facility with calculus is assumed. Three lecture hours, one tutorial hour, and two laboratory hours.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: MATH-035 (co-requisite)

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Fall '16: Liu A, Serene J, Cothran C (web site, description)
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