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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  PHYS 252   Foundat Physics I >3 4.00 cr.
Vibrations and waves; oscillations; wave mechanics; dispersion; modes; introductory optics.
Grading Options: Graded for Majors; Optional for all other students
Instructor: McMorran BE-mail Office:   174 Willamette Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-8624
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: Prereq: PHYS 251; coreq: MATH 253 or equivalent.
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Lecture

24964 31 120 0900-0950 mwf 100 WIL McMorran B Additional Web Resources Available!

Final Exam:

1015-1215 m 3/16 100 WIL
 
Associated Sections

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24965 6 24 0830-0950 t 112 WIL Krasnitskiy G  

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24966 3 24 1100-1220 t 112 WIL Amezcua M  

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24967 0 24 1230-1350 t 112 WIL Yasin F  

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24968 1 24 1400-1520 t 112 WIL Holt C  

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24969 21 24 1530-1650 t 112 WIL Krasnitskiy G  
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 4:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 12:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 12:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 14:   Add this course
January 14:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 18:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 25:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
February 1:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 22:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 22:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This is the second term of the first-year, calculus-based, introductory physics sequence. This sequence is intended for all students seeking a major in the sciences or in engineering. The 251-253 sequence is distinct from the General Physics sequence (201,202,203) in that it uses calculus as a tool for analyzing natural phenomena (Math 252 or equivalent is a prerequisite or co-requisite). This sequence also goes into the topics in more depth than the General Physics sequence. The course emphasizes an understanding of key concepts of physics, reflecting the rational simplicity of the physical world and seeks to develop the student's ability to solve problems in which these concepts are applied to specific cases.

The second term of the sequence focuses primarily on the physics of oscillations and waves, with specific applications to mechanics, sound, and optics. Other topics include fluids and strength of materials.

Here is a breakdown of the topics in chunks of 1-2 weeks each:

• Mechanical equilibrium and strength of materials.
• Introduction to the statics and dynamics of fluids.
• Introduction to oscillating systems. This includes the solution for the simple harmonic oscillator, and damped and resonant oscillators. Imaginary numbers are introduced as a mathematical technique for finding simple solutions to such systems. Students will use full and partial derivatives.
• The wave equation and its solutions, including standing waves. Applications include sound and electromagnetic waves.
• Interference and diffraction, limits of resolution.
• Ray and geometric optics, including optical instruments.

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