University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)

Physics

Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Physics Major/Minor

PHYS 051 Fundamentals of Physics I

This is the first semester of a full year of introductory Physics (PHYS 051 and 152) intended for students majoring or minoring in Physics. It is also appropriate for students majoring in related natural sciences that require calculus-based Physics. The course covers topics such as kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation laws, rotations, oscillations, waves and thermal physics. Calculus applications will be presented gradually as the course progresses, but students must at least be concurrently enrolled in MATH 021 (or higher.) Four credits with lab. Offered in the fall semester only.

PHYS 031 Physics for Engineers I

This is the first semester of a two-semester, calculus-based introductory sequence in Physics (PHYS 031 and 125) tailored for students in engineering. The course covers topics such as kinematics, Newton's laws, conservation laws, rotations, oscillations, waves and thermal physics. This course requires students to have successfully completed at least one semester of calculus (MATH 021) or to have received equivalent AP credit. Students in PHYS 031 planning to continue with the next course in the sequence, PHYS 125, must be concurrently enrolled in MATH 022. Four credits with lab. Offered in the spring semester only.

Contact Information

Dennis Clougherty, Chair
Physics Department
Phone: (802) 656-2644
Email: physics@uvm.edu
Department Website: http://www.uvm.edu/physics/

 

 

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