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Physics Syllabus - PHYS 1111 Syllabus The University of...

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PHYS 1111 Syllabus The University of Georgia, Fall 2010 MWF, Periods 7 (2:30–3:20) and 8 (3:35–4:25) Benjamin Jackson http://www.physast.uga.edu/classes/phys1111/jackson/ Introduction Welcome to Physics 1111, the first half of a two-semester introductory physics sequence. This semester we’ll focus on Mechanics, the study of motion. Understanding the motions of objects and their interactions is one of the principal goals of physics. The fundamental laws of mechanics, first enumerated by Isaac Newton in the 17th century, can be applied to an enormous range of phenomena on scales as diverse as dust grains and galaxies, and from the esoteric to the everyday. In this semester you’ll learn about the concepts associated with the study of motion, in- cluding velocity, acceleration, inertia, force, work, energy, and momentum. You will see how these concepts are related to each other through the laws of Mechanics—Newtons Laws of Motion and their corollaries, the conservation laws of energy, linear momentum, and angular momentum. Along the way we will apply these basic laws and concepts to different kinds of motion: constant-acceleration motion, uniform circular motion, statics (lack of motion), collisions, rotations, oscillations, and wave motion. Physics is a quantitative science. While we won’t neglect the qualitative and conceptual aspects of Mechanics, much of the work in this course involves setting up and solving math problems. You will need to communicate your results in a variety of ways—mathematical and numerical expressions, graphs, diagrams, even plain English. You are expected to have a working knowledge of college algebra, trigonometry, and basic geometry, as well as an understanding of elementary science concepts (e.g., scientific notation, significant figures, units and dimensions, graphing). We will not be reviewing this material in class. If you need to brush up, be sure to read Chapter 1 and Appendix A as soon as possible. Please come see me if you are concerned about your preparation for this course. If you are a prospective physics or astronomy major, then this course is probably not for you. Please talk to Prof. Wiegert (physics) or Prof. Caillault (astronomy) about other options. If you have had calculus or are taking it now, consider taking PHYS 1211, which uses some calculus concepts, instead. Newton developed calculus while formulating his laws of motion; consequently PHYS 1211 is both slightly more challenging and much more rewarding. Basic Information Instructor: Benjamin Jackson Email: [email protected] Office: 223-A Physics Building Phone: (706) 542-2877 Class: MWF Period 7 (2:30–3:20 pm, 202 Physics Building) MWF Period 8 (3:35–4:25 pm, 202 Physics Building) Lab: Various times, 314 Physics Building Final Exam: Monday 13 December, 7:00–10:00 pm, Location TBD Clinic: TBA Office hours: Tuesday 4:00–5:30 pm, Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am, Thursday 10:15-11:45 am 1
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Required Course Materials Physics, Volume1 , 4th ed., by J. S. Walker (Pearson Prentice Hall). This is the “black cover” edition. You may use older editions (blue, white or red covers) if you wish, but you are responsible for knowing about any changes in content.
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