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 Topic and Reading Schedule which accompanies this syllabus.

The textbook is University Physics, by Young and Freedman, 15th Edition, (Addison-Wesley, 2020.) Reading assignments are keyed to this textbook. Mastering Physics (MP) is required. Also required is Learning Catalytics. For testing, a WebAssign account is required; this is most cheaply purchased with a credit card at WebAssign.

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Topic and Reading Schedule

Recitation Schedule

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Zoom Information

Course Objectives

Test Rules Quiz Rules

Equation Sheet

Derivations: Parallel Axis Theorem<>System Kinetic Energy

Torque and Angular Momentum About the Center of Mass

Hint for Yo-Yo Problem:Push the Trike

Links Used in Class Meetings

Math Summary:Dot Product and Cross Product of Vectors

Taylor Expansion

PLACES TO GET HELP

My Office Hours

TA and LA Office Hours

Physics Success Center Schedule in F186

Physics Dept Tutor List

Engineering Tutor Center

First-Year Center

Student Success Center

Success Center Online Tutoring

Textbook Sites - practice MC tests and more

Online Tutorials - interactive instruction

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