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Im teaching a section of Calculus 2 (integration techniques, arc length, surface area, improper integrals, parametric & polar functions, sequences, and series ) next semester and would like to assign a problem set near the end of the course to each student relevant to his or her major.

It can be expected that a handful of students will be majoring in physics. These students are going to be mostly first years, so they will have little exposure to physics outside what they learned in high school.

I have the lightest of physics backgrounds so I could use some advice in developing the problem set.

  • What are some interesting applications of the material taught in Calculus 2 to physics that require little in the way of physics prerequisites?
  • Are there any good resources I may want to look into for ideas?
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closed as too broad by jinawee, Kyle Kanos, DavePhD, Kyle Oman, Qmechanic May 29 '14 at 17:47

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This question is really broad, as almost all physics includes some calculus sooner or later. Do they know differential equations? – Bernhard May 29 '14 at 6:55
@Bernhard None of the students will have taken course in differential equations. However, there is a strong chance we will look at separable and first order linear ODEs by the end of the semester. – user47490 May 29 '14 at 6:59
Line integrals have really important applications in calculating work. You can also talk about moments of inertia via multiple integrals. Green's theorem and Gauss' divergence theorem also have lots of important applications to Maxwell's equations. – Arthur Suvorov May 29 '14 at 7:28
Electromagnetism and mechanics. And what did you try, I found in a moment. – jinawee May 29 '14 at 8:05
Might be a good fit on – Kyle Oman May 29 '14 at 15:05