Fundamentals of Physics I | Department of Physics

Fundamentals of Physics I

This is an introductory course for students majoring in physics or those who are planning to take physics as their minor.  It will provide an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, Lagrangian Methods, and to the Special Theory of Relativity.  

 Physics and its relation to other sciences.  
 Time and Distance. Frames of reference and the inertial frames of reference.  
  Vector Analysis, Coordinate systems, Dimensional Analysis  
 Newton’s laws of motion in one dimension.  
 Rotational invariance. Newtons’s laws of motion in three dimension  
 Conservation of energy and momentum.  
 Oscillations.  
 The Lagrangian method.  
 Rotation in two dimensions. Rotation in three dimensions.
 Central forces  
 The Special Theory of Relativity.  Space-Time and four vectors.  
 Accelerating frames of reference

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