Newton's laws applied to particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies. Conservation principles and Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 121 & PHSCS 230 & MATH 302; or PHSCS 121 & PHSCS 230 & MATH 314; Math 303 or 334 or concurrent enrollment.
 RecommendedConcurrent enrollment in Phscs 330.
 TaughtFall, Spring
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 321
Course Outcomes

Newton's Laws

Use Newtonian mechanics with forces and torques to solve problems in Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates.

Work, Energy, and Momentum

Solve mechanics problems using work-energy, and conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum.


Solve and analyze rigid-body problems and problems in non-inertial frames.

Lagrangion and Hamiltonian mechanics

Use Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics to obtain the equations of motion for a variety of problems, including the use of generalized coordinates and cyclic coordinates.

Perturbation Theory

Use perturbation and similar techniques to linearize equations of motion to analyze stability and study coupled systems using normal modes.