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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 351 - Analytical Mechanics I

Introduction to advanced physical concepts and mathematical techniques associated with dynamic systems, including the differential form of Newton’s Laws, air resistance and drag, conservation laws, equilibrium and stability, and oscillating systems.

Prerequisites: PHYS 113 or PHYS 123 or PHYS 183. Pre- or co-requisites: MATH 272.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the symmetry of a physical system and choose a proper coordinate system
  • Predict the behavior of a physical system using approximations and expansions
  • Generate the first and second order differential form of Newton’s second law for specific physical systems
  • Connect the concept of energy landscapes to equilibria and stability
  • Use appropriate mathematical techniques needed to solve the problem
  • Apply Newton’s laws to a physical system driven near a point of stable equilibrium

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Spring Locations: Ellensburg

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