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PHYS 1111 Mechanics, Waves, & Thermodynamics Corequisite: MATH 1113***or MATH 1090, also familiarity with college Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry**, and Basic Chemistry Not available for students with credit in PHYS 1211 Introduction to Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, and thermodynamics Aims of course: - teach you the fundamental principles/laws of physics - teach you how to apply these principles to practical problem solving (useful in other fields)
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Physics is Science The Scientific Method was and is applied in the formulation of physics What is the Scientific Method? (http:// teacher.pas.rochester.edu/phy_labs/appendixe/appendixe.html) 1. Observation/description of natural phenomenon 2. Formulate hypothesis to explain phenomenon 3. Use hypothesis to predict other (related) phenomena 4. Perform experiment/observation to test hypothesis 5. Repeat (3) and (4) many times 6. If step (5) is all correct, then the hypothesis (2) may be regarded as a law or theory of nature 7. If (5) is incorrect, start over at (2)
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