Course Description

This course covers the study of oscillations, gravitation, fluid statics and dynamics, waves in elastic media, sound and thermodynamics.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to
  1. Analyze and solve novel problems using the concepts, equations and methods of equilibrium of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, fluid statics and dynamics, waves in elastic media, sound and thermodynamics in both independent and collaborative settings.
  2. Investigate physical phenomena experimentally using appropriate equipment and methods, and make valid comparisons with theoretical predictions
  3. Clearly assess and conclude results of scientific inquiries in both oral and written form.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in lecture
  1. Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
  2. Gravitation
  3. Periodic Motion and Oscillations
  4. Waves
  5. Fluid Dynamics
  6. Thermodynamics

Potential Experiments Include

The following experiments may be performed in lab
  1. Hooke's Law
  2. Archimedes's Principle
  3. Simple Harmonic Motion - Pendulum
  4. Measuring "g" from Periodic Motion
  5. Waves on a String
  6. Specific Heat of Unknown
  7. Entropy