# PHYS 3000 Mechanics

# PHYS 3000 Mechanics (4 hours)

An advanced study of the mechanics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies, with an emphasis on Newton's laws, conservation of energy, and conservation of linear and angular momentum. The behavior of moving, rotating, and oscillating systems will be studied, using both analytical and numerical approaches. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms will be introduced as complementary to Newtonian mechanics. Vector calculus will be developed and used as needed.

Three lectures per week.

One recitation per week.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1700 Principles of Physics II or PHYS 2100 General Physics II; MATH 1610 Calculus II and computer programming skills or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MATH 2600 Calculus III or MATH 3100 Differential Equations.*

(Normally offered alternate fall semesters.)

A continuation of MATH 1600 Calculus I. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, sequences and series, and vectors. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1600 Calculus I. *

(Normally offered each semester.)

An introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and analysis. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each fall semester.)

A study of ordinary differential equations. Topics include first- and higher-order, linear and nonlinear differential equations with applications. Additional topics may be chosen from systems of differential equations, transform techniques, and numerical methods. Use will be made of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

A continuation of PHYS 1600 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics.

Three two-hour workshop sessions per week.

Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1700 and PHYS 2100 General Physics II.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1600 Principles of Physics I. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

A continuation of PHYS 2000 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics.

Three two-hour workshop sessions per week.

Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1700 Principles of Physics II and PHYS 2100.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2000 General Physics I.*

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

If you do not find the information you need, please contact the Registrar’s Office:

402.465.2243

The online version of the Nebraska Wesleyan University catalog supersedes any printed catalog or PDF version as the official catalog of NWU. NWU reserves the right to make changes in the regulations and offerings announced in this official online version, as circumstances require. It is expected that the only changes will be the correction of errors and the inclusion of new courses and programs approved during the academic year.