Summer 2004

SCIE 651
Mechanics: The Physics of Motion


06/28/2004 - 08/11/2004
Tuesday & Thursday 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Science Tower 121

Mechanics is the study of kinematics and dynamics: motion and its causes. In this course, we will analyze how bodies move, and why. We will explore the apparently simple movement of walking down the street in terms of Newton's Third Law of Motion. We will understand how Pascal's principle of pressure transmission explains the operation of an industrial hydraulic lift, how Bernoulli's fluid flow equation underlies the lift of an airplane in flight, and how ultrasound technology relies on the absorption and reflection of high-frequency sound waves. We will investigate the Carnot heat engine to examine the conversion of internal energy to work, and use the Law of Universal Gravitation to examine the movement of the planets around the sun.

Demonstrations are vital for a deeper understanding of physics. We will perform many, including such examples as spinning a student (or the instructor) on a rotating bench to observe the conservation of angular momentum, and shooting a ball out of a blow-gun at a falling object to illustrate projectile motion.

Class will include lecture, discussion, physics demonstrations, and problem-solving.

There will be regular homework assignments, written exams, and a final project/report.

Students should have a knowledge of mathematics through trigonometry.

Mark Shapiro (B.A. Trinity College; M.A. Columbia University) is visiting instructor of physics.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Serway & Faughn, COLLEGE PHYSICS, Volume 1 (Thomson, Brooks, Cole), Paperback

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