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Mechanics

Course Number: 
PHY-306
Minimum Credits: 
4
A study of the classical mechanics of a particle, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. The course includes study of particle dynamics, central force problems, Lagranigian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics, and the description of rigid body motion. Experimental work in selected areas is performed. Completing the course allows the student to describe important definitions and relationships in each area studied, discuss the importance of classical mechanics to contemporary physics and engineering, work problems in each of the areas studied, and design and carry out experiments testing descriptions and relationships in selected areas. Prerequisite: Physics 107, 108, (or 201, 202); Mathematics 235, 236, 237, 238, or permission. Offered alternate years.