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Unformatted text preview: Overview of the course Physics 2211 is the first course in a two-semester sequence of introductory calculus-based physics courses for engineering and science students. This Matter & Interactions version of the course deals with the nature of matter and its interactions. The variety of phenomena that we will be able to explain and understand is very wide, from the orbit of a planet to the speed of sound in a solid. The main goal of this course is to have you engage in a process central to science: the attempt to model a broad range of physical phenomena using a small set of powerful fundamental principles. is on learning how to explain the nature of matter and its interactions in terms of a small set of physical Topics include: types of matter and types of interactions using the momentum principle to predict future motion an atomic model of solids energy conservation including relativistic energy energy in macroscopic systems including thermal energy energy quantization multi particle systems and the point-particle system collisions including relativistic particle collisions angular momentum and quantized angular momentum entropy and statistical mechanics (Fall and Spring only) The course is designed in such a way as to make these contemporary science topics accessible to introductory-level students. Objectives By the end of the course, you will be able to: Apply a small set of fundamental physical principles to a wide variety of physical situations. Use these principles to explain a wide variety of physical phenomena, including at a microscopic level. Use these principles to predict the behavior of a variety of physical systems. Create a 3D, animated computer model of a physical situation. Textbook The textbook is Matter & Interactions, Vol. I: Modern Mechanics, 2nd Edition by R.Chabay & B. Sherwood (John Wiley & Sons 2007), and is available new and used at the bookstore. We will cover most of the topics in this volume. See the table of contents at the front of the book (which also includes the contents of Volume II). Textbooks purchased at the bookstore are bundled with an access code to the WebAssign online homework system that will be used in this class. If you own a used textbook you will be able to purchase an access code to WebAssign after logging in. An online version of the textbook is also available through WebAssign. The course schedule lists the reading assignment associated with each lecture. Keep up with the reading; don't let it fall behind. For maximum benefit, you should read the book actively, not just passively. This means you should: Read the assigned textbook sections thoughtfully....
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- Fall '08