Foundations of Physics
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Course Number: LSCI 2037
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In this course, the statics and dynamics of objects under external forces are studied using Newton’s laws. We will first consider the equilibrium state of concentrated masses, planar, and general three-dimensional bodies at rest by looking at relevant fundamental concepts such as force, torque, and couple. A number of important engineering structures such as beams (with different support conditions), trusses, and frames will be analyzed to compute the static loads in each part of the structure. Next, we will look at dynamics and motion of objects under external excitements. We will look at the kinetics of rigid body motion in different coordinate systems, and solve a variety of applied problems. If time permits, we will look briefly at the theory of vibration. The focus of the course will be on understanding the basic concepts and problem-solving.
Open to Undergraduate students.