Classical Mechanics (Calculus-Based General Physics)

Open—Fall

The science of classical mechanics forms the basis upon which all physical science is built. This course is devoted to studying the motion of massive bodies in line with the foundational principles put forth in Newton's Principia (1687). We begin by discussing measurement and the variable motion of bodies. Next, we will look at the causes of changing motion, namely forces, and various ways of representing them and their action. Finally, we will cover the dynamics of many-body systems and their thermodynamic properties. Emphasis will be on mathematical problem solving, conceptual understanding, and effective communication using the standard modes of scientific publishing. A weekly laboratory session will also be conducted. Permission of the instructor is required. Students must have completed one year of calculus.