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Colgate University    
2017-2018 University Catalogue 
  
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalogue

PHYS 232 - Introduction to Mechanics


A study of classical mechanics using astronomical themes. The principles of kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, and gravitation are developed and used to understand the properties of astronomical objects such as planetary systems, binary stars, and galaxies. Treatment is more thorough than in PHYS 111 . Differential and integral calculus and vector manipulation are used throughout. Two lectures, two recitation meetings, and one laboratory session per week.

Credits: 1.00
When Offered: Spring semester only

Corequisite: PHYS 232L , PHYS 201  
Prerequisites: PHYS 131  and MATH 161    both with a grade of C- or higher.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Restrictions: Students may not take this course after having completed PHYS 431 .
Recommended: Required for students planning to major in physics, astronomy-physics, or physical science, and for students interested in pre-engineering. It is also recommended for chemistry majors. Students who plan to take physics courses beyond PHYS 232 should co-register in MATH 163  and PHYS 201 .
Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Liberal Arts CORE: None


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