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Predict the Motion of Bodies


This is a calculus-based science-engineering general physics course. Students will explore the foundations of Classical Mechanics by studying the Newtonian motion of macroscopic objects in terms of particles and forces.

Classical mechanics is at the basis of Physics and has applications in other areas of science including many-body problems of celestial mechanics in Astronomy, the conformational studies of protein-ligand interactions in molecular Biology, the dynamics of molecular collisions in Chemistry, propagation of seismic waves in Geology, and the stability of structures and dynamics of machines in Engineering.

The course will cover the basics of particle collisions, rotational kinematics and dynamics, the equilibrium of rigid bodies and fluids, oscillations, and gravitation. Concepts of momentum and energy will extend students’ ability to analyze motion in one, two-, and three-dimensions using Newton's laws.

Course Highlights:

  • Measurements and Units
  • Motion in a Straight Line
  • Vectors, Motion in 2D and 3D
  • Force and Motion
  • Kinetic Energy and Work
  • Potential Energy and Conservation of Mechanical Energy
  • Center of Mass and Linear Momentum
  • Rotation, Rolling, Torque and Angular Momentum
  • Equilibrium and Elasticity
  • Gravitation
  • Fluids
  • Oscillations and Waves

Course Benefits:

  • Use models to represent a simplified version of a complex physical system
  • Analyze a system of particles
  • Understand Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation, potential energy and concepts of mechanical energy
  • Apply the concepts to calculate and predict the motion of bodies.

Course Typically Offered: Live Online, Winter and Summer quarter 

Prerequisites:  Trigonometry, vectors, and calculus will be used in lectures, problem sets and exams. Students must possess knowledge of differential and integral calculus of one variable. Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivative, tangent line. Applications with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Methods of integration.

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Course Number: PHYS-40023
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)