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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 211 (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.

PHYS 211

PHYS 211 General Physics: Mechanics (4)
(GN)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics, including such topics as: measurement, dimensional analysis, motion in one-dimension, vectors, motion in 2 and 3 dimensions, relative and circular motion, force and dynamics, Newton's Laws, friction, kinetic energy, work, potential energy, energy conservation, systems of particles, center of mass and momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions, rotation (moments of inertia), rolling motion, torque, angular momentum, static equilibrium, gravitational force and Kepler's laws, gravitational potential energy, oscillations, waves (transverse and longitudinal, superposition of waves).

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the elementary physics principles mentioned above, as well as their applications, and to enhance their conceptual understanding of physical laws. Students attend two lectures, one recitation session, and one two-hour lab/activity period per week. Use of a combination of computer-based and traditional lab exercises is expected and collaborative learning exercises will be used in both lab and recitation settings. The introduction of data acquisition and analysis methods (often making use of modern computer tools) will be stressed in the laboratory/activity period. Course evaluation is based on a combination of regular homework sets and/or quizzes, reports from the lab/activity period, midterm and final exams and other evaluative tools. The course is an important prerequisite for later work in many science and engineering disciplines.

 


General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 1999

Concurrent: MATH 140

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.