121 Syllabus - Fall 2021

     For Fall 2021, our PHY121 class meetings and recitations will be offered in-person as scheduled by ASU; in addition, whenever possible, both lectures and recitations will be offered remotely via Zoom. More information about our remote class for Fall 2021 can be found here.

     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.

     Our tests will require a Lockdown Browser. Installation of our Lockdown Browser will require a Windows or a Mac operating system. See more details here.

The text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.  Coming Soon

Textbook Options Now Available
Course Updates 9/25 Test Appeal Policy Updated
Course Format and Policies   Now Complete
Topic and Reading Schedule
Recitation Schedule
Learning Catalytics Information Policies
Mastering Physics Information Tips
WebAssign Information Tips   WebAssign Registration Is Now Open
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


GRADES:   LC Grades through FRI 10/15 Now Posted
Lecture Review 13 Grades Now Posted
MP HW13 Grades Now Posted
MiniQuiz 1-4 Grades Now Posted
Numerical Test 1 and 2 Grades Now Posted
Free Response 1 and 2 Grades Now Posted
Overall Grades Before Test 3 Now Posted

Note that grades are not listed in alphabetical order

LR <> LC <> MQ <> FR <> NUM <> HW <> Overall

Class Average Test 1 and 2 Averages Now Available
HOW TO FIGURE YOUR FINAL GRADE.    Coming Soon


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