111 Syllabus

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, kinesiology, 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: Rotation, Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves and Sound, Fluids, and Elasticity in Solids. The textbook is Physics, 1st Edition, with WebAssign, by Alan Giambattista, and Betty and Robert Richardson (McGraw Hill, 2008). You may purchase either Volume 1 or the extended edition, which contains both Volumes 1 and 2. WebAssign is required. If you buy a textbook without WebAssign, then you must buy WebAssign separately (see the WebAssign info page). Also required is a CPS (Classroom Performance System) transmitter, which is 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 pdf file.

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