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Subject Matter Topics for Introductory Physics

PHYS 00.220 Introductory Mechanics (co-req: Calculus I)

  • Units and Vectors
  • Linear and Two-Dimensional Motion
  • Newton's Laws
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Rotational Motion
  • Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies (Statics)
  • Gravitation
  • Periodic Motion

PHYS 00.221 Introductory Thermodynamics, Fluids, Waves, and Optics

  • Fluids
  • Mechanical Waves
  • Sound
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Thermal Properties of Matter
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Interference and Diffraction

PHYS 00.222 Introductory Electricity & Magnetism (co-req: Calculus II)

  • Electric Field and Charge
  • Gauss's Law
  • Electric Potential
  • Capacitors and Dielectrics
  • Electric Current and Circuits
  • Magnetostatics
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Inductance
  • Alternating Current

PHYS 00.210 Physics I without Calculus

  • Motion and Vectors
  • Forces and Newton's Laws
  • Conservation Laws
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluids

PHYS 00.211 Physics II without Calculus

  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Optics
  • Electric Forces and Fields
  • Electric Potential
  • Electric Current and Circuits
  • Electric Forces and Fields
  • Induction and E&M Waves
  • Alternating Current Circuits