121 Syllabus

First Summer Session 2000

     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, simple harmonic motion, and waves and interference. A detailed list of topics can be found on the Homework and Lecture Schedule which accompanies this syllabus.

     The textbook is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition, by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz, and Thornton (Prentice Hall Publishers, 1996.) (Volume 1 or Extended)

Course Format and Policies
Homework and Lecture Schedule
Serway Problems One additional problem added.
Derivations: Parallel Axis Theorem
Course Updates 6/26 Test Three Solutions and Change to HW for 6/27
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Class Average Final Average Now Available


Jim Corkins
Carl Covatto
Luis Echevarria
Lisa Will