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 Topic and Reading Schedule which accompanies this syllabus.

     The textbook is University Physics, by Young and Freedman, 14th Edition, (Addison-Wesley, 2015.) You may use either volume 1 only (for PHY121 only), the full edition (for PHY121 and PHY131), or Y&F with Modern Physics (for PHY 121, 131, and 241, however your 241 instructor may choose not to use Y&F). Reading assignments are keyed to this textbook. At the bookstore, the textbook should come packaged with Mastering Physics. Mastering Physics is required. If you buy a used textbook, then you must buy Mastering Physics separately at the bookstore or online through our class Blackboard page; this is the only online place to pay for a Mastering Physics account for our class. Also required is a licensed Turning Point account. For our online testing, a WebAssign account is required; this is most cheaply ($23) purchased with a credit card at WebAssign.

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

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             Torque and Angular Momentum About the Center of Mass
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Math Summary:Dot Product and Cross Product of Vectors
                        Taylor Expansion

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