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Phys 231 - Introduction to Classical Physics I

Course Number: Phys 231

Course Name: Introduction to Classical Physics I

Credits: 4 Cr

For inquiries, please contact the course coordinator: Lekha Adhikari (

Fall instructors: MWF 8:50 - 9:40 am Lekha Adhikari;  MWF 9:55 - 10:45 am James Zabel;  MWF 11 - 11:50 am TBD

PreReq: Proficiency in algebra, trigonometry, vector manipulation, and topics covered in MATH 165, and credit or enrollment in MATH 166.

Associated courses: Phys 231L (1 Cr. Lab course that explores material covered in Phys 231). An honors version of the course (232H) is available.

General introduction to the course

This course provides the necessary physics foundation for Engineering and Science majors.

Topics covered are:

  • Elementary mechanics: kinematics and dynamics
  • Work, energy, and conservation laws
  • Linear and angular momentum
  • Rigid body motion: kinematics and dynamics
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitation
  • Heat and thermodynamics