

* Phys260: University Physics III
* see " University Physics III FALL_201X" on Canvas
* e.g., syllabus 2012
Overview:
Physics 260 covers rotational kinematics and rotational dynamics; static equilibrium and elasticity;
universal gravitation and orbital mechanics; temperature, heat, heat engines, entropy and kinetic
theory; Gauss' law, electric potential and capacitance; magnetic
fields, induced electric fields and
inductance; displacement current and electromagnetic waves; and the
special theory of relativity.
 4 credits.
 Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 250 or PHYS 150.
 Corequisite: MATH 237 and PHYS 247 (or permission of instructor).
 

Course Objectives &
Some Thoughts on the nature of this class:
 This class is aimed at physics majors and introduces them to
upper level math applications to systems previously met in the
first two semesters of introductory physics.
 The focus in on "slicing and dicing" matter as the students
get proficient in calculating moments of inertia as well as
magnitudes of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields for
systems of mass or charge distributions of complicated geometries.
 Here is also where the physics majors first discover the
Maxwell equations and the physics behind them. It is this class
where they meet and exercise their calculus skills with various new
sets of generalized systems, while identifying and actively
applying symmetry arguments.
 The growth as future physicists is the most obvious during
this class, especially for the students. While there are few new
physical concepts, there are plenty of new analytical ways in which
they learn how to quantitatively investigate the physical world where
the numerical values are left behind and the calculus of variations
takes the driver seat.
As a consequence, even conceptually, the phenomenology revisited in
this class appears in new dimensions and the associated knowledge
becomes deeper.
 The weekly homework sets, the quizzes, and the exams are
challenging. There is basically no room for slacking...

