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PHYS 328 Mechanics (3)

Catalog Description:

Topics include: Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in one, two and three dimensions, collisions, central forces. This course is a development of classical mechanics beyond the introductory physics level. Lagrangians and Hamiltonians will also be discussed. (Offered fall semester, even years.)


Prerequisites:


PHYS 211 General Physics I

Required Course Materials:


John R. Taylor, Classical Mechanics, University Science Books, 2005 (ISBN-10:1-891389-22-X)

Course Coordinator:


Abaz Kryemadhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Course Audience:


Required for physics majors.

Course Objectives:
 
  1. Gain an understanding of the classical physics.
  2. You will demonstrate a mastery of the course content at a suitable level for an undergraduate mechanics course, by the end of it.
  3. Develop the capacity to apply abstract ideas to tangible problems. This will enhance your critical thinking skills.
  4. Develop the capacity to think scientifically, and that sometimes means accepting something based on experimental evidence, even when it is counter intuitive and become aware of God's glory in that revelation.


Topics:

 

  1. Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in one, two, and three dimensions
  2. Collisions
  3. Central forces
  4. Lagrangians
  5. Hamiltonians

 

Created: September 2010

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