Physics I: Introduction to Classical Mechanics

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Meeting Information
Location: CSC 202 (M), CSC 2-OPEN (W, F)
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 1:30-2:20 (M), 1:00-2:20 (W, F)
Location: CSC 3-OPEN
Days: Wednesday
Time: 2:30-5:20
Email: hbernstein@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5573 or 5582
Office: CSC 208
Office Hours: Monday 3:00 to 5:00 and by appointment
Home Page: http://ns.hampshire.edu/~hjb
Technical Information
Course Level: 200
Course Number: 204
Course Capacity: 16
Course Website:

Physics I: Introduction to Classical Mechanics is a Natural Science class taught by Herbert J. Bernstein.

Course Description

As a first course of real college physics, this introduction will concentrate mainly on mechanics with perhaps some applications to astronomy. Topics include: kinematics and dynamics in one and two dimensions, planetary motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rigid bodies and rotation in three dimensions and, if time permits, relativity. This calculus-based course makes heavy use of mathematics to develop realistic examples. It is highly recommended that students take calculus in the same semester if not before. Weekly laboratory/field work is required. The labs are grouped into three major units. Evaluations will be based on class participation, problem sets, and laboratory project reports. Calculus I is a co-requisite, or ability to learn it "on the fly."

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