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In this course we will cover the following basic topics:
- Elementary Mechanics: Motion in 1-3 dimensions. Newton's
Laws. Work and Energy. Systems of Particles and Conservation Laws.
Rotation. Static Equilibrium for Rigid Bodies. Gravity. Mechanics
of Solids and Fluids. (Tipler: Part 1) Math skills required:
Trigonometry, Algebra, Calculus. 6-7 weeks.
- Oscillations and Waves: Oscillating systems. Waves.
Sound. (Tipler: Part 2) Math skills required: Algebra, Calculus, a bit
of Differential Equations (which we will learn in place). 2-3 weeks.
- Thermodynamics: Temperature. The Laws of Thermodynamics.
(Tipler: Part 3) Math skills required. Algebra, Calculus. 2-3 weeks.
Robert G. Brown