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. | ||
DESCRIPTION: | This course is a junior level course which covers Newtonian mechanics. In addition, properties of thermodynamics that can be derived from kinetic theory are also discussed. |
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TAUGHT: | Fall | ||
CONTENT AND TOPICS: | Inquiry-based theoretical physics focused on dynamics and thermodynamics. 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. |
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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: | 1.Learn Newton’s laws, Universal gravitation, Collisions and conservation laws, Energy conservation in dynamics, Vibrational motions, Conservative forces and motion in space, Inertial and non-inertial frames, Motion under central forces, Extended systems and rotational dynamics, Kinetic theory of gases. 2.Use conceptual understanding to make predictions, and then approach the problem mathematically. 3.Bridge between concept and mathematical rigor in order to enhance their understanding. 4.Learn that mathematics combined with conceptual insight is a powerful tool. 5.Use software to enhance their understanding of Newtonian mechanics and thermodynamics. |
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REQUIREMENTS: | Lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers, in-class assignments involving software designed for understanding orbital motion and kinetic theory of gases. | ||
PREREQUISITES: | Ph 121, 123, 220, Math 113 or Math 215 | ||
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EFFECTIVE DATE: | August 2001 |