121 Syllabus

     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 lecture schedule which accompanies this syllabus.

     The textbook is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Serway and Jewett, Eighth Edition, (Brooks/Cole, 2010.) You may use either the etext, the hybrid edition, the expanded edition, or volume 1 only. Reading assignments are keyed to this textbook. At the bookstore, the textbook should come packaged with WebAssign. Enhanced WebAssign is required. If you buy a used textbook, then you must buy Enhanced WebAssign separately at the bookstore or online at the WebAssign web site. Also required is a Turning Point transmitter (available at the bookstore) or Turning Point ResponseWare software.

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

Course Updates 11/11 Q&A Review Session Scheduled
Course Format and Policies
Homework and Reading Schedule
Lecture Schedule
Turning Point Information
WebAssign Information Tips
Test Rules
Sign-up Sheet Final Exam in PSF-173
Equation Sheet
Text: Newton's Third Law<>Linear Momentum<>Gravity
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 Lecture
Math Summary:Dot Product and Cross Product of Vectors
                        Taylor Expansion

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TA Office Hours
Physics Dept Tutor List
Help Study Schedule
Engineering Tutor Center
Student Success Center
ActivPhysics Y&F's Interactive Web Site
Textbook Sites - practice MC tests and more
Online Tutorials - interactive instruction

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