Physics 221, Physics with Calculus I
Sections 1 & 2, Fall 2008
Dr. Yost
Office:
Phone:
E-Mail:
Classes:
Office Hours:
216 Grimsley Hall
843-953-5475
scott.yost@citadel.edu
117 Grimsley Hall, MWF:
8AM (section 1)
9AM (section 2)
MWF 10-11 AM
or by appointment
Textbook:
Web Page:
Homework:
Serway & Jewitt,
Physics for Scientists and
Engineers, 7
th
ed.
ISBN: 0-495-11245-3
www.vic.com/syost/phys221
www.webassign.net
Welcome to Dr. Yost’s sections of
Physics 221, Physics with Calculus I
!
This course is a first
step in the study of the classical foundation of physics: Newtonian mechanics.
More generally,
the course is designed to give practice in elementary mathematical modeling of natural
phenomena and problem solving in the physical sciences.
Developing these skills is an essential
prerequisite for further study in engineering and science.
By the end of the course, you should
have a basic understanding the Galilean concept of motion and Newton’s Laws of mechanics,
and be able to apply them to solve problems relating to simple systems.
You should begin to
develop the skills necessary to apply mathematical reasoning to new physical situations.
Topics
covered include motion in one to three dimensions, forces, Newton’s Laws, energy and
momentum, circular motion, rigid body motion, statics, universal gravitation, and fluid
mechanics.
This course assumes some knowledge of calculus: MATH 131, 107, or HONR 131 is a
prerequisite.
Calculus may be taken concurrently, since we will use only the more basic aspects
this semester, but if that is the case, you may expect to see some concepts of calculus for the
first time in this course.
This should not be a problem, since Newton invented calculus precisely
to formulate his laws of mechanics, and the two subjects can reinforce one another when
studied simultaneously.
Mathematics, including calculus, is the
language
of physics, not merely
a computational tool, and our most important need for calculus is in formulating the laws of
mechanics in their full generality.
Revised: Oct. 3 and Dec. 3 – Note changes in red.