Waves and Oscillations|
The properties of periodic motion recur in many areas of physics, including mechanics, quantum physics, and electricity and magnetism. We will explore the physical principles and fundamental mathematics related to periodic motions. Focus topics will include damped and forced harmonic motion, normal modes, the wave equation, Fourier series and integrals, and complex analysis. The principles and techniques developed in this course are central to many subsequent courses, particularly quantum mechanics (PHYS214, 315), classical dynamics (PHYS313), and electricity and magnetism (PHYS324). An important component of this course is to develop the ability to use mathematical software packages to graph expressions, solve equations, and obtain numerical solutions to differential equations.
Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
This course uses logical and quantitative reasoning to deduce properties of our world derived from quantitative models.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (PHYS113 AND PHYS116)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(IDEA-MN)(MOBI-MN)(PHYS-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Walter Fox Smith, WAVES AND OSCILLATIONS: A PRELUDE TO QUANTUM MECHANICS (Oxford)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly homework problems, occasional quizzes, and three partial exams or one final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who have taken PHYS113 and 116 are advised to continue with this course as their next physics course.
|Instructor(s): Kottos,Tsampikos Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SCIE216; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 28||FR: 2|
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