The computer science major at my university requires that I take a sequence in either biology, chemistry, and physics, plus an additional natural science course (which I might fill with meteorology). Since I'm into game development, physics is the obvious choice. That, and I go to a big pre-med school; why damage my GPA being weeded out from a path I never wanted to take?
There are two main versions of the physics sequence, both covering the same material; one in three semesters, one in two, which I'm interested in. The course descriptions (the best info I can get right now) follow;
PHY 131: Classical Physics I
First part of a two-semester physics sequence for physical-sciences or engineering majors who have a strong mathematics background and are ready for a fast learning pace. It covers mechanics, wave motion, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics. Calculus is used concurrently with its development in MAT 131. Three lecture hours and one recitation hour per week. The Laboratory component, PHY 133 (Lab 1), could be taken concurrently.
Since that's motion, waves, etc. it's obviously extremely useful, and therefore worthy of my attention. No question there. I'm going to take this in Spring of '13.
PHY 132: Classical Physics II
Second part of a two-semester physics sequence for physical-sciences or engineering majors who have a strong mathematics background and are ready for a fast learning pace. It covers electromagnetism, electric circuit theory, and optics. Calculus is used concurrently with its development in MAT 132. Three lecture hours and one recitation hour per week. The Laboratory component, PHY 134, may be taken concurrently.
What I want to know is this; besides the obvious things like possible game design elements, does the material in PHY 132 play any significant role in game physics or similar? If so, what are some examples?
I ask because if I can skimp on the material, I might take a PHY 132 equivalent online next summer at some community college. That way I can ease the pressure on myself and free up a slot for something interesting.
At the very least, I might take a PHY 126 (part 2/3) equivalent online so I can take the more relaxed PHY 127 (part 3/3) that fall. But I'd prefer the former option.