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Classical Physics I
CLASSIC PHY I
CLASS CODE: PH 332 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Dynamics and Thermodynamics
DESCRIPTION: Inquiry-based theoretical physics focused on dynamics and thermodynamics.
TOPICS: How Newton made a significant change in the world by his laws of motion; Kinematics of a particle; Velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates and moving reference systems; Newton’s Laws of Motion; Conservation laws for momentum, angular momentum, and energy; Central Forces and Celestial Mechanics; Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s Equation; Kinetic theory; ideal gas law; equipartition theroem, thermodynamic state functions; How disorder can provoke a system to self-organize.
OBJECTIVES: The student will a) describe the historical development of the philosophy, observations, and theories of dynamics, b) understand how conservation laws can aid us in understanding a variety of phenomenon c) develop a hierarchy of fundamental principles in dynamics, d) explain how classical thermodynamics can be understood on a molecular level with kinetic theory. e) develop a hierarchy of fundamental principles in thermodynamics. f) be able to discuss Prigogone’s work.
REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers
PREREQUISITES: Ph 121, 123, 220, Math 113
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001