PHY-121 is the first part of a three-semester sequence in introductory physics
offered to engineering and other science and pre-professional majors.
The prerequisite for PHY-121 is MAT-270. A working
familiarity with basic differential and integral calculus will be assumed.
PHY-121 covers the subject of Newtonian mechanics including kinematics (the
description of motion), and dynamics (the relation of motion to force and mass).
Among the most important topics are Newton's Laws of Motion and the
conservation of momentum and energy. Other topics are rotational kinematics
and dynamics, Newtonian gravitation, and simple harmonic motion. A detailed
list of topics can be found on the
lecture schedule which accompanies this syllabus.
The textbook is University Physics, by Young and Freedman, Eleventh Edition,
(Addison Wesley, 2004.) You may use either the expanded edition or Volume 1
only. Reading assignments are
keyed to this textbook. At the bookstore, the textbook should come packaged
Physics. Mastering Physics is required. If you buy a used textbook, then
you must buy Mastering Physics separately at the bookstore or online at the
Mastering Physics web site. Also
required is a PRS (Personal Response System)
transmitter, available at the bookstore.
The text of the syllabus is also available as a
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