Syllabus - Physics 255: University Physics I Fall 2008...

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Unformatted text preview: Physics 255: University Physics I Fall 2008 Course: Discussion: MWF 10:20-11:15, R 11:10-12:30, TCCW 201 Lecturer: Dr. Louis-Gregory Strolger Office: TCCW 225 Phone: 745-6204 Email: louis.strolger@wku.edu Web Page: http://astro.wku.edu/strolger/ Office Hours: W 13 p.m., R 3:30-4:30, or by appointment Catalog Course Description: This is the first half of a year-long sequence in calculus- based physics (255 & 265) suggested for students in the physical sciences and mathematics. Definitions, concepts, and problem solving will be emphasized. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, energy, conservation laws, rotation, harmonic motion, mechanical waves, and thermodynamics. It is recommended that a strong pre-college level mathematics background precede this course. Calculus will be used throughout this course. Objectives: The course will emphasize rigorous problem-solving in physics using inter- active instruction, educational software, computer applications important for science and engineering students, and cooperative learning. Class activities will require students to be responsive, to think, and to perform hands-on tasks. Key concepts of new material will be discussed in short lectures. As a scientist or an engineer you will often be required to work in a group setting as well as alone. This course will encourage collaborative teamwork, a skill that is valued by most employers. As you study together, help your partners to get over misconceptions, ask each other questions, and critique your group homework. Teach each other! You will be surprised at how much you can learn by teaching....
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2009 for the course ASTR 214 taught by Professor Ca during the Spring '09 term at Western Kentucky University.

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Syllabus - Physics 255: University Physics I Fall 2008...

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