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Summer Course in Physics: Mechanics and Heat with Laboratory

Stanford University Summer Session
8 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course

Program description

Summer Course in Physics: Mechanics and Heat with Laboratory

How are the motions of objects and the behavior of fluids and gases determined by the laws of physics? Students learn to describe the motion of objects (kinematics) and understand why objects move as they do (dynamics). Emphasis on how Newton's three laws of motion are applied to solids, liquids, and gases to describe phenomena as diverse as spinning gymnasts, blood flow, and sound waves. Understanding many-particle systems requires connecting macroscopic properties (e.g., temperature and pressure) to microscopic dynamics (collisions of particles). Laws of thermodynamics provide understanding of real-world phenomena such as energy conversion and performance limits of heat engines. Everyday examples are analyzed using tools of algebra and trigonometry. Problem-solving skills are developed, including verifying that derived results satisfy criteria for correctness, such as dimensional consistency and expected behavior in limiting cases. Physical understanding fostered by peer interaction and demonstrations in lecture, and interactive group problem solving in discussion sections. Labs are an integrated part of the summer course.

Course Details

  • Enrollment requirements: Course is part of a series and should be taken alongside PHYSICS 23.
  • Non-Standard Course Schedule

Admission requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the study abroad program
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent
  • Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency below
  • Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) Minimum score of 95 for the iBT TOEFL, International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic) Minimum overall band score of 7.0, or Cambridge Assessment English Minimum score of 180 on the Cambridge English Advanced, CEFR Level C1.

This program is suitable for undergrad/grad students. 

  • High School Algebra and Trigonometry; Calculus not required

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Program content

This course (21S) coversclassical mechanics (kinematics and dynamics) and thermodynamics,along with the associated lab component.

Tuition fees

The total fees for this program is USD 5,875.


Learning Objectives

These learning objectives will help you understand what you need to know to do well inthiscourse. By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Applyconcepts in kinematics, dynamics, fluids, and thermal physicsto explain and understand real-world phenomena, andsolve real-world problems.
  2. Identify andcarry outconsistency, dimensional,and limitingcasecheckson solutions
  3. Writesolutions to problems using clear words, figures, and mathematics
  4. Demonstrate the following key skills:
    1. Use Newton’s laws of motion to predict the behavior of simple systemssuch as:
      1. Objects at rest or moving with constant speed.
      2. Projectiles under the influence of gravity.
      3. Systems of objects at rest.
      4. Systems of objects moving together.
    2. Use conservation laws to explain interactions between objects and systems.
    3. Use a microscopic model to explain what heat is, how it moves between objects, and how it is related to energy.
    4. Use the laws of thermodynamics to predict if and how heat will flow between objects or systems.
    5. Analyze the efficiency of various simple thermodynamic processes.

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Stanford Summer Session

Stanford University Summer Session invites visiting undergraduate, graduate, and high school students to experience Stanford University during its fourth academic quarter. During the eight-week course, Summer Session students are enrolled in the same courses as matriculated Stanford students, and earn...

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Stanford University Summer Session

415 Broadway
Academy Hall, Floor 2, 8853
94063 Redwood City California
United States of America

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