PHY-111 is the first part of a two-semester sequence in introductory physics
offered to students who are not majoring in physics or engineering.
This sequence is intended for students in pre-medicine, pre-architecture,
pre-dentistry, pre-law, construction, psychology, life sciences, manufacturing
technology, aerospace technology, physical therapy, pre-optometry, pre-veternary
medicine, etc. WE WILL ASSUME YOU HAVE A GOOD WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF ALGEBRA,
GEOMETRY, AND TRIGONOMETRY.
PHY-111 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 include: Elasticity and
Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves and Sound, Fluids, and Heat and Thermodynamics.
The textbook is Physics, 6th Edition, with EGradePlus, by John D. Cutnell and
Kenneth W. Johnson (Wiley, 2004). EGradePlus is required. If you buy a used
textbook, then you must buy EGradePlus separately at the bookstore. Also
required is a PRS (Personal Response System)
transmitter, also available at the bookstore.
The associated laboratory, PHY-113, is an essential part of the introductory
physics experience. We STRONGLY recommend that you take the lab concurrently
with the lecture, even if your curriculum is one of the few that does
not require it.
The text of the syllabus is also available as a
Course Format and Policies
Lecture Schedule Final exam date is here.
Course Updates 5/04 Test 4 Solutions Now Available
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Current Equation Sheet
PLACES TO GET HELP
My Office Hours Physics Festivals!
Physics Dept Tutor List
Help Study Schedule
C&J 6th Ed Web Site
Other Textbook Sites - practice tests and more
Online Tutorials - interactive instruction
GRADES: By recitation
Note that grades are NOT in alphabetical order.
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HOW TO FIGURE YOUR FINAL GRADE.