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PHYSICS 231 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I Lecture 1

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Lecturer: Carl Schmidt (Sec. 001) [email protected] (517) 355-9200, ext. 2128 Office Hours: Friday 1-2:30 pm in 1248 BPS or by appointment PHYSICS 231 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
Course Information http://www.pa.msu. edu/courses/phy231 http://www.pa.msu. edu/courses/phy231

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Succeeding in Physics 231 1) Do your homework (yourself) ! 2) Use the help room (1248 BPS) ! 3) Make sure you understand both “why” and “why not” 4) Interrupt the lecturer!
General Physics First Semester (Phy 231) Mechanics Thermodynamics Simple harmonic motion Waves Second Semester (Phy 232) Electromagnetism Relativity Modern Physics (Quantum Mechanics, …, etc.)

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Mechanics Used by all of physics and other sciences Foundations laid by Galileo and Newton Newton’s Principia - 1687 Chapter 1: the Basics SI Units Unit conversions Dimensional Analysis Significant Figures
UNITS (Systéme Internationale) Definition SI (mks) Unit Dimension 9,192,631,700 oscillations of cesium atom seconds (s) Time Mass of a specific platinum- iridium allow cylinder kept by Intl. Bureau of Weights and Measures at Sèvres, France kilogram (kg) Mass Distance traveled by light in 1/(299,792,458) s meters (m) Length

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Standard Kilogram at Sèvres
A car goes 50 miles/hour. What is that in m/s?

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## This note was uploaded on 07/25/2008 for the course PHY 231 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Lecture1 - PHYSICS 231 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I Lecture 1...

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