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PHYS 011 – Elementary Physics

Credits: 4.00

Course Description: Algebra-based survey of mechanics, oscillations, waves and thermal physics. Appropriate for students in health and life sciences. Accompanying lab: PHYS 021. Prerequisites: High school algebra and trigonometry.

Section Description: Physics 11, Elementary Physics, is the first part of the two-part and algebra-based introductory physics course. The lab course, Physics 21, is the accompanying lab component. The subject coverage of Physics 11 concentrates extensively on mechanics, which includes details of kinematics and dynamics. In kinematics, we introduce parameters related to motions and thoroughly explain their use in problem solving. In dynamics, we introduce Newton’s laws of motion and explain the applications of these laws solving dynamic problems, extending into collisions, rotations and Newton’s law of universal gravitation. In addition, it also briefly introduces fluid mechanics, oscillations, waves and fundamentals of thermal physics. These subjects are in accord with corresponding physics subjects in MCAT tests. In lectures we will concentrate on introduction and consolidation of physical concepts and on that basis, strategies in problem solving. We will also work on examples similar to homework assignments. As we discuss these subjects in class, we will go over key strategies on how to apply conceptual understandings of physics in problem solving. These strategies are important and useful to tackle MCAT physics questions on the same subjects. We will also discuss some typical MCAT physics problems as in-class examples.

CRN: 95344

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 47/60

Days Time Location
T 11:40 - 12:55 INNOVATION HALL E330
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 INNOVATION HALL E330
W 19:50 - 21:05 MARSH LIFE SCI 235

Instructor(s): Jason Pepe

Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2019 - 06 Dec 2019