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1 PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 1 Welcome to PHYS-131 Mechanics and Waves PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 2 Today's Lecture • Components of PHYS-131 – Instructor – Resources – Lectures – Grading – Labs – Assignments – Tutorials – Exams • A comment about mathematics • Physics and measurement
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2 PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 3 Syllabus (full text on mycourses) • PHYS-131 consists of several parts: – lectures (39) – homework (online) (12) – laboratory sessions (4) – tutorials (every week; not compulsory) – midterm exam – final exam PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 4 Instructor • Prof. Ken Ragan • Office: Ernest Rutherford Physics Bldg., Room 344 • Office hours: Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday 10:30 – noon or by appointment • email: ragan@physics.mcgill.ca (please do not use myCourses email!)
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3 PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 5 myCourses ( www.mcgill.ca/mycourses ) mycourses is your online resource for PHYS-131: • Schedules (calendar posted) • Announcements • Online homework (link to CAPA) • Monitored discussion board for general questions PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 6 Textbook/Course material • Textbook: "Physics for Scientists and Engineers“ Serway and Jewett, 7 th Edition Chapters 1-11, 13, and 15-18. Available in bookstore (new & used copies). • Lab manual & lab reports will be available at first lab (and also online) • You will need a calculator (it doesn’t need to have graphing capabilities) • You do NOT need a lab coat ! ;)
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4 PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 7 What we will cover Mechanics: – Kinematics (‘description of motion’) in 1-D, 2-D, 3-D – Circular motion Energy – Kinetic, potential, conservation Momentum, collisions, systems of particles Rotational analogues to linear motion – Kinematics – Dynamics PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 8 Practical matters we might cover…
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5 PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 9 Classical chaos – determinate indeterminism Thermodynamics, entropy Quantum mechanics – Particle? Wave? Schrodinger’s cat? Relativity – those pesky twins and slowing down time Neutron stars, black holes, worm holes Quasars, phasers … and what we won’t cover: PHYS 131 -- Lecture 1 10 Lectures • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. plus Thursday, December 3, 2009
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