PHYS 114 B ● General Physics I ● Winter 2012
Syllabus, Grading Policy, etc.
Welcome to PHYS 114
, the first in a three-quarter sequence of algebra-based introductory
physics courses. This class offers an introduction to mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws,
work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, rotations, torque, angular momentum, and
gravitation. Following this course and doing reasonably well in it, students should expect to be able to obtain
the foundations on which much of everyday phenomena, energy problems, and biological systems operate.
The text contains a large number of applications to these practical problems of humanity. Students will build
up conceptual background and develop basic skills necessary for a successful completion of the other two
parts of physics covered in PHYS 115 (heat and electromagnetism) and PHYS 116 (sound, light, and modern
Algebra and elements of right-triangle trigonometry will be used frequently. If rusty, see math
appendix in text.
Concurrent enrollment in the Lab class, Phys 117, is optional and
homework (WebAssign) and pre-class questions will be due as announced in class
Required course textbooks:
volume 1, by James S. Walker, 2
custom edition for the University of Washington (taken
by James S. Walker, 4
edition, 2010, Pearson Education, Inc.).
Recommended additional readings:
Principles with Applications
by Douglas C. Giancoli, Pearson Prentice Hall; 6
College Physics: A Strategic Approach
by Knight/Jones/Field, Addison Wesley; 2
Lecture Instructor's Comments
I expect you to read the material that will be covered in class ahead of time.
To encourage you to do this,