Computational Physics

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June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineRenuka Rajapakse

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of Newtonian Mechanics. We will be studying one and two dimensional motion, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, periodic motion and light. Starting with the concepts of vectors we will move on to studying Newton's laws of physics. Learning about the conservation of energy and momentum will then lead to the analysis of circular motion. We will learn about periodic motion, waves and light, which will lead to the developments of some concepts in modern physics and electromagnetic theory.

Smartphones and tablets in use today have sensors that are able to measure lengths, positions, velocities, accelerations, light and sound as well as many other physical phenomena such as vibrations and magnetic fields. We will be using smartphones or tablets as i/o devices to take some measurements that will help us understand Newton's laws of physics. We will use computer software such as Mathematica to analyze our data and to make further predictions. We will also learn some basic programming in Python and learn to obtain conclusions from the data that we generate.

Learning will be interactive, starting out with simple on-line experiments leading us to concepts in mechanics. We will learn the theory behind our experimental results, and develop our experiments further to increase accuracy. The students will require some background reading, which will develop their critical thinking skills.

The learning objectives for this course are for students to develop creative and critical thinking skills, and learn to identify critical information that help them in problem solving. The students will appropriately reason, synthesize knowledge and evaluate information necessary to solve problems and form perspectives on issues facing the world today.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPI0926

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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