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Day 1 - What is Important in this Class The single most...

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What is Important in this Class The single most important thing is to know what’s going on . If you ever find yourself saying “Huh? I have no idea what I’m doing or why I’m doing it.” then you are in TROUBLE . Don’t panic, at one point or another this quarter most people will be in trouble. Your responsibilities: ask questions in class visit me during office hours e-mail, IM, or call me go to Physics Study Center My responsibilities: To spend as much as time possible getting you comfortable with what we’re learning.
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What is NOT important? memorizing lots of formula writing down lots of numbers to the 8th decimal place the “right” answer (method is more important!)
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Themes that run throughout this class There are three themes that run throughout this class: 1. Calculus 2. Real-world observation (Laboratory) 3. Problem solving
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Theme I: Calculus Calculus was invented to investigate the real world. The world
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