PH 212 - General physics with calculus

In this course, we cover selected topics in Newtonian mechanics, beginning with circular motion, including uniform circular motion and orbital motion. We will then deal with the topic of rotation, including rotational energy, moments of inertia, torque and rotational dynamics in general, with particular emphasis on conservation of angular momentum and problem-solving techniques. We will then move to the topic of oscillations, dealing with simple harmonic motion and related concepts including driven and damped oscillations. We apply the concepts learned in our study of oscillations to the topic of 2-D and 3-D waves, including applications in sound and light waves. We will discuss wave interference, and wave optics before ending the course with a treatment of ray optics.

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