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Physics 2A Lecture 1: Jan 7, 2008 Vivek Sharma UCSD Physics
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Welcome to Physics 2A • This is the first quarter of a four quarter calculus based introductory physics sequence Why study physics? Why study physics? • physics concepts & methods needed for everything from GPS system to ipod design to plasma TV to interplanetary spacecrafts…. • EVEN video-game developers who want realistic animation… – Physics teaches practical and analytical thinking like none else • You are trained to solve all kinds of problems – Your major requires it !
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This Course: PHYS 2A • We will explore Classical mechanics which is the study of motion of macroscopic objects such as baseball, cars, rockets, planets etc. – Different from Quantum Mechanics which operates at subatomic scale – Different from the mechanics when things go at speed of light Newton Newton s laws and Conservation laws form the basis s laws and Conservation laws form the basis of classical mechanics. of classical mechanics. First we will learn the basic language describing motion in one and more dimensions . – Hopefully you are taking the prerequisite Calculus course !
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Classical Mechanics (PHYS 2A) • We will start by looking at motion in terms of particles and forces – Use these concepts to study motion of everything from accelerating snowboarder to the orbits of satellites • Next we will introduce the ideas of momentum and energy . – The concept of energy will allow us a new perspective and extend our ability to analyze motion • Remainder of the course will be on applications of classical mechanics: – Theory of gravity – Rotational motion – Oscillatory motion
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Why You Should Plan to Excel in 2A It It s the FOUNDATION course. If you do well s the FOUNDATION course. If you do well here, you will be well prepared to excel in the your here, you will be well prepared to excel in the your upcoming courses upcoming courses in Physics 2B, 2C or 2D in Physics 2B, 2C or 2D in your own major in science or engineering in your own major in science or engineering Excellent performance in Physics courses Excellent performance in Physics courses will improve your prospects and financial will improve your prospects and financial worth in the job market since worth in the job market since industries love industries love problem solvers! problem solvers! • I will write letters for you if you get an A+
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About This Course: PHYS2A A00 web site: http://2a.ucsd.edu email address: [email protected] Instructor : Vivek Sharma Office : 3314 Mayer Hall Phone : (858) 534 1943 Office Hours : Mon &Wed 14:00-15:00 hrs (other times including weekends by prior appointment) Teaching Assistant : Matt Sudano Office : 4234 Mayer Hall, Ph: 858 534 5910 Email : [email protected] Office hour : Thurs 13:00-14:00 hrs revised Elevator Entry Code Elevator Entry Code 9115890 9115890
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