Fall 2023

The Newtonian Synthesis: Dynamics of Particles and Systems

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-123


Daniella C. Bardalez Gagliuffi (Sections 01 and 01F)


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. Assistant Professor Bardalez Gajliuffi.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to first year students

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

PHYS 123 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE A011
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE A011
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE A011

PHYS 123 - DIS

Section 01F
Th 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE A019

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.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All University Physics with Modern Physics -- Modified Mastering Physics with Pearson eText Pearson Young and Freedman TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024