Classical mechanics provides an accurate description of the objects and phenomena of everyday experience, and constitutes the basis of most of engineering, science, and technology. This course introduces the classical laws governing motion of particles and extended bodies in space and time, beginning with their active formulation in terms of force and acceleration and then deriving the equivalent formulation in terms of conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Topics include motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation, and conservation laws. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MATH 281
This course introduces the general principles of statics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. It develops the fundamental principles of conservation of energy and entropy, which underlie the behavior of all physical systems. Topics include statics and elasticity, pressure, fluid flow, temperature and heat, kinetic theory of gases, and heat engines. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MATH 282 and PHYS 210
Electrical forces largely determine the observable properties of matter in the whole range of science from atomic theory to cell biology. The integration of electricity and magnetism constitutes the first unified field theory, anticipating contemporary approaches by more than a century. This course introduces electric and magnetic forces, electric current, and electromagnetic interactions, along with the concepts of electric and magnetic fields and electric potential used to understand and describe them. Topics include Coulomb’s and Gauss’s laws, the Biot-Savart law and Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law, and Maxwell’s equations. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MATH 282 and PHYS 210 (PHYS 224 recommended but not required.)
Wave behavior has applications in every area of physics, including sound, light, mechanical vibrations and waves, electrical signals, thermal behavior, and quantum physics. This course introduces common characteristics and mathematical representations of oscillations and standing and traveling waves and applies them to the investigation of sound and physical and geometrical optics. Topics include simple harmonic motion; resonance; mathematical representations of traveling waves; wave properties such as refraction, diffraction, interference, and polarization; and optical phenomena related to lenses and mirrors. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MATH 308 (PHYS 210 recommended but not required.)
Quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of relativity are the major themes of this course. Topics include special relativity, the birth of quantum mechanics, Schrödinger’s equation, wave mechanics of one-dimensional problems, and the hydrogen atom. (4 credits) Prerequisites: PHYS 210 and MATH 308
In this program you will participate in the creation of an original Web-TV Series, working alongside fellow students and industry professionals. This unique opportunity is being made available to a select number of students who will work together to write, produce, edit, and distribute the series. Every student will work in different capacities throughout the course of the production.
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