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PHY 203: Elementary Physics I

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

An honors version of this course is also offered by the Physics Department (PHY 203H).

Professors:  
Dr. David R. Heskett, Dr. Miquel Dorca, Dr. Richard A. McCorkle,

want to know who is teaching this semester? check the course schedule page
Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141 and concurrent enrollment in PHY 273 (Recitation and Laboratory).

Catalog Description: Introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles. Motion of rigid bodies and oscillatory motion. Conservation principles.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion successful students will be able to:

  • Understand important topics of elementary physics
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Solve calculus based problems pertaining to the course
  • Apply concepts learned in lecture to experiments conducted in lab

Course Description

This course meets 3 times per week for lecture. As well, this course requires an additional 2 hours of lab and 1 hour of recitation. Separate enrollment in each is required.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Measurement and Vectors
  • Motion in One, Two, and Three Dimension
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Additional Applications of Newton’s Laws
  • Work and Kinetic Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservations of Linear Momentum
  • Rotation
  • Angular Momentum
  • Gravity
  • Static Equilibrium and Elasticity
  • Oscillations

Detailed Course Syllabus for : Spring 2017 (Section 2)

 

Contact Information

Dr. David R. Heskett( contact Dr. Heskett )

Dr. Miquel Dorca, ( contact Dr. Dorca )

Dr. Richard A. McCorkle,(contact Dr.  McCorkle )

 

Grades are based on the following criteria:

  • Unit Exams
  • Final Exam
  • Homework (WebAssign)
  • Recitation (PHY 273R)
  • Lecture quizzes

Laboratory meets once a week for two hours. Grades are based on experiments conducted during this weekly meeting.

Recitation is run as an intensive problem-solving workshop that meets once a week. Students are given 6 problems in each recitation session and are expected to correctly solve at least 3. Teaching assistants are present during recitation to give guidance as needed.

 

 

 

LEC: (3 crs.) Introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles. Motion of rigid bodies and oscillatory motion. Conservation principles. (Lec. 3 ) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in MTH 141 and concurrent enrollment in PHY 273. Intended for science or engineering majors. (N)

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