Introductory Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-16
Paul S. Bourgeois (Sections 01 and 02)
Nicholas C. Darnton (Sections 01 and 02)
The course will begin with a description of the motion of particles and introduce Newton’s dynamical laws and a number of important force laws. We will apply these laws to a wide range of problems to gain a better understanding of them and to demonstrate the generality of the framework. The important concepts of work, mechanical energy, and linear and angular momentum will be introduced. The unifying idea of conservation laws will be discussed. The study of mechanical waves permits a natural transition from the dynamics of particles to the dynamics of waves, including the interference of waves. Additional topics may include fluid mechanics and rotational dynamics. Three hours of lecture and discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Requisite: Mathematics 11. Fall semester: Professors Bourgeois and Darnton. Spring semester: Professors Darnton and Jagannathan.
KeywordsLab science course
Offerings2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015