DOWNLOAD PHY 201 (CLASSICAL PHYSICS) LECTURE NOTE – Classical physics refers to theories of physics that predate modern, more complete, or more widely applicable theories. If a currently accepted theory is considered to be modern, and its introduction represented a major paradigm shift, then the previous theories, or new theories based on the older paradigm, will often be referred to as belonging to the realm of “classical physics”.
As such, the definition of a classical theory depends on context. Classical physical concepts are often used when modern theories are unnecessarily complex for a particular situation. Most usually classical physics refers to pre-1900 physics, while modern physics refers to post-1900 physics which incorporates elements of quantum mechanics and relativity.
Course contents: Introduction to Classical metrics, space and time Straight Line kinematics, motion in a plane Forces and Equilibrium, Particle Dynamics, Universal Collision and Conservative laws, work and potential energy Vibrational motion, Conservative forces, Initial and Final forces Central force motion, rigid bodies and rotational dynamics Kinetic theory and equipatition of energy Diffusion rate, mean free path, viscosity and heat transfer, Block body rotation and measurement of temperature
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