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PHYSICS 40: Vector and Mathematical Analysis for Mechanics

Physics 40 teaches fundamental math and physics concepts that are important for success in Physics 41+ and engineering statics/dynamics. This class has a strong emphasis on physics problem solving schema and vector and mathematical analysis for geometry, forces, and motion. Students master both geometric and algebraic representations of vectors, resolving vectors into components, vector addition/subtraction, dot-products, cross-products, and derivatives. Through systematic practice, students translate between various representations, e.g. sketches, descriptions of a physical system, equations, graphs, and real systems (from various physics and engineering disciplines). Vector equations are used to generate scalar equations, which are then solved using analytical or easy-to-use online tools. Physics 40 is an on-ramp to Physics 41 for students with little high school physics. The minimum corequisite is Math 20 (or equivalent). A permission number is required to enroll. Contact mitiguy@stanford.edu.
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