PHYSICS 160 - Honors Physics I
Fall 2014, Section 001
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Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Honors, Theme
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 125, 135 or 140.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115, 120, 185 or 295. Students should elect PHYSICS 161 or 141 concurrently.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Did you take an AP physics class in high school?
Do you want to explore physics in new ways?

Then the PHYSICS 160 and 260 sequence is for you!

PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective. It emphasizes the applicability of these laws in systems ranging from binary stars to nuclear collisions. This class will be different, and more interesting, than any physics course you have taken yet.

The goals of the course are:

  1. Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)
  2. Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)
  3. Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)
  4. Integrate computational physics (now a partner of theory and experiment) into problem solving

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Intended Audience:

For students who are interested in a science major, especially physics, this is the class that you should take.

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PHYSICS 160 - Honors Physics I
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001 (LEC)
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Students should elect Physics 161 (or 141) as the corresponding lab. FINAL: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, 7:30-9:30PM

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