For Spring 2021, our PHY101 lectures, recitations, and labs
will be fully remote via Zoom (there may be
an in-person option for some fraction of the lab classes).
More information can be found here.
PHY-101 is an introductory physics course for students with no
background in physics and a limited background in mathematics.
Students are assumed to know some limited physical science and
The main topics of PHY-101 are Newton's Laws of Mechanics,
Conservation of Energy, and Basic Electromagnetism. A detailed
list of topics can be found on the
which accompanies this syllabus.
The textbook is Conceptual Physics Fundamentals by Paul G. Hewitt
(Pearson Addison-Wesley 2008). Reading assignments
are keyed to this textbook. Labs are available for free
download on our course website. Also
required is the iClicker response system (free
for ASU students). The online homework system for this course is WebAssign. WebAssign access
is most cheaply purchased online, at WebAssign; alternatively, WebAssign
access cards are available from the ASU Bookstore (in the Physics section,
find a xeroxed WebAssign sheet which is marked PHY101 and carry that to
the check-out register).
Our Lab classes will require Logger Pro, and our final exam will require
a Lockdown Browser. Installation of Logger Pro, and installation of our
Lockdown Browser, will require a Windows or a Mac operating system.
See more details here.
The full text of the syllabus is also available as a
pdf file. Coming Soon