The goal of this course is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics in Physics, including motion and its mathematical description, Newton's Laws of Motion, work, energy, rotational motion, waves, and hydrodynamics. This will cover approximately chapters 1-12 in the text, as well as the fundamentals of calculus, how to use Mathematica (which generated the animated equipotential surfaces below), as well as a quantitative lab. This is a large amount for one semester. The course will require a substantial investment of time, a minimum of 10 hours per week outside of class for most students.
This course, along with PHYS-1215, lays the foundation upon which the next three years of the physics curriculum is built. A sound understanding of these fundamentals is essential for future success. I will try to teach you physics not as a tool for a particular field, but physics as a physicist thinks about the material.
Physics is an ideal place to learn the art of quantitative thinking: to learn how to turn a concept in words into something that one can calculate and measure. In order to solve a problem, you must critically examine the information available in a given situation, determine an effective method to approach the problem, and carry through to the solution, including a critical examination of the final answer to see if it is rasonable. These skills will serve you throughout your future careers.
For course details, please go to the Desire2Learn website.