Fall 2021

The Newtonian Synthesis: Dynamics of Particles and Systems

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-123

Formerly listed as: PHYS-23


Larry R. Hunter (Section 01)


The idea that the same simple physical laws apply equally well in the terrestrial and celestial realms, called the Newtonian Synthesis, is a major intellectual development of the seventeenth century. It continues to be of vital importance in contemporary physics. In this course, we will explore the implications of this synthesis by combining Newton’s dynamical laws with his Law of Universal Gravitation. We will solve a wide range of problems of motion by introducing a small number of additional forces. The concepts of work, kinetic energy, and potential energy will then be introduced. Conservation laws of momentum, energy, and angular momentum will be discussed, both as results following from the dynamical laws under restricted conditions and as general principles that go well beyond the original context of their deduction. Four hours of lecture and discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Requisite: MATH 111. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 24 students. Fall semester. Professor Hunter

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, lab work and working in groups Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
PHYS 123 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE A011
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE A011
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE A011


Section 01
Th 01:00 PM - 01:50 PM SCCE A011


Section 01
W 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM SCCE A101

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
University Physics, 14th edition Young & Freedman TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021