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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 1116 - Physics I: Mechanics and Special Relativity


(PBS-AS)      
Fall, spring. 4 credits.

Forbidden Overlap: Students may receive credit for only one course in the following group: EAS 1600 , PHYS 1101 , PHYS 1112 , PHYS 1116, PHYS 2207 . In addition, students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1116 and PHYS 2216 .
Prerequisite: good secondary school physics course, proficiency with basic calculus (at the level of MATH 1910  or MATH 1120 ), and enjoyment of puzzle-solving. More mathematically and conceptually sophisticated than PHYS 1112 ; intended for students who are comfortable with a deeper, somewhat more abstract approach; intended mainly but not exclusively for prospective majors in physics, astronomy, or applied and engineering physics. Corrective transfers between PHYS 1116 and PHYS 1112  (in either direction) must occur during the first two weeks of instruction.

Fall, M. Niemack; spring, staff.

First in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of mechanics. More mathematical and abstract than a typical mechanics course - for example, considers how choice of coordinate system (Cartesian, cylindrical, etc.) influences the nature of kinematical equations. Fast paced. Includes kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, inertial and noninertial frames, central force fields, periodic motion, and special relativity. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.



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