General
Physics I
mechanics

Spring 2020
course
site

syllabus

info

title       General Physics I : mechanics
term        Spring 2020
credits     4
time        Tues/Thu 10-11:30am
level       Introductory
faculty     Jim Mahoney
repeat      no, cannot be repeated for credit
prereq      math proficiency up to and including calculus

textbook

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics, 4th Edition by Randall Knight, ISBN 0133942651 , parts 1-3, chapters 1-13.

(The text is expensive but has several semesters worth of material. There are various editions of different sizes, versions, of editions of this which may work for us - let's discuss at our first meeting.)

blurb

An introductory physics class suitable for students considering a Plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion. This will be a calculus-based version. Our weekly meeting time may change depending on the participants.

tentative schedule

chap
 1 & 2 : motion, kinematics 1D         Jan 28, 30
 3 : vectors & coords                  Feb  4,  6
 4 : kinematics in 2D                      11, 13
 5 : force and motion                      18, 20
 6 : dynamics 1 : along a line             25, 27
 7 : Newton's 3rd law                  Mar  3,  5
 8 : dynamics 2 : in a plane               10, 12
        -- spring break --
 9 : work and kinetic energy               31,  2
10 : potential energy                  Apr  7,  9
11 : momentum                              14, 16
12 : rotation of a rigid body              21, 23
13 : Newton's theory of gravity            28, 30
 * : review / other                    May  5
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