Newtonian mechanics is revisited using more sophisticated mathematical tools such as differential equations, linear algebra, and Fourier analysis. Topics include driven and coupled oscillators, central forces, and conservation laws. Particular attention is paid to wave phenomena and how the mathematics that describes mechanical waves can be extended to the realms of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.
Max Enrollment: 30
Prerequisites: PHYS 108 and MATH 215, or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: MM - Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving; NPS - Natural and Physical Sciences
Typical Periods Offered: Spring
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring