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PH 1110 Term A07 STUDY GUIDE 1: Introduction, Vectors, Kinematics PH 1110 Study Guides are intended to help you achieve the objectives of this course as completely and as efficiently as possible. Each Study Guide begins with a listing of OBJECTIVES to which we will key our instruction, assignments, and exam for that section of the course. A SUGGESTED STUDY PROCEDURE follows, including hints and elaborations (always intended to be helpful!) about some of the more important or challenging concepts, as well as a listing of those end-of-chapter exercises and problems that best exemplify the application of our course objectives. Finally, there is a listing of the HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, due each lecture period during that section of the course. The objectives specify the concepts and tasks we want you to master during this course; the suggested study procedure and assigned homework provide a playing field on which you can develop your mastery of those concepts and tasks, prior to examination. As you prepare to immerse yourself in PH 1110, please keep in mind that physics is more than problem solving. On the other hand, no one learns physics without solving lots of problems. Physics teachers smile at the oft-repeated complaint, "I understand the material, but I can't do any of the problems." THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE ! If you can't do MOST of the problems, you do not yet understand the physics. The entire support structure of this course is geared toward helping you learn how to solve the requisite problems appropriate to learning this physics, but YOU must schedule the necessary practice. Students reaching the end of this course agree! On the end-of-course evaluation form, most students write that their best piece of advice for someone just beginning the course is: "DO ALL OF THE SUGGESTED EXERCISES AND PROBLEMS!" And while we're on the subject of things to do, here's a DON'T: Don't just blindly memorize. Rote memory has little to do with learning physics. Almost always, time spent memorizing something could be better spent working on some illustrative problems. Through careful and thoughtful problem solving, those items you need implanted in your memory banks will automatically end up there. Now back to a DO: Do take time to learn from your problem solutions. (In general, the least important detail of a solution is the specific numerical answer!) Did you draw a SKETCH that properly captures all essential detail of the situation at hand? What FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE(S) did you apply? Is there an unbroken logical CHAIN OF REASONING, including proper application of the fundamental principle(s), connecting the given information all the way through to your answer? Does your answer have correct UNITS as well as the proper number of SIGNIFICANT FIGURES? Does your answer seem to be of a PROPER SIZE? This, in a nutshell, is what physics is all about!
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PH 1110 taught by Professor Kiel during the Fall '08 term at WPI.

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