First Summer Session 1996
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. The basic non-nuclear forces in
nature are described, including Newtonian gravitation, and electrostatic
and magnetic forces on charged particles. There is also a section on
the essential principles of special relativity. The textbook is Principles of
Physics, by Raymond Serway (Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1994.)
There will be no formal assignments of computer work in this course;
however, students who are so motivated are encouraged to use computers
whenever possible. Introductory physics software packages are
available at campus bookstores. Some students may want to do their
own programming in BASIC, C, PASCAL, FORTRAN, etc. The Computer Commons
is available to all students. Homework solutions involving computer work
will be welcome.
Course Format and Policies
Homework and Lecture Schedule
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Tests from Spring 1996
Class Average INCLUDES FINAL GRADE DISTRIBUTION