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.
Dates: May 21 - June 29, 2018; Accompanying lab: PHYS 021; If lab is full, plan on taking it during the academic year.
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.
Homework assignments: Students are responsible for all homework assignments and go over those assigned problems on your own. We will do some of them in class and explain some others upon inquiries. Additional and/or modified problems will be posted on blackboard. Reading: Students should read the materials in the textbook before the class. The lecture will be more useful if you have also attempted homework problems.
Exams & Quizzes: There are four one-hour exams and a final exam, all close-booked. The final exam will use the entire class time (two hours and fifteen minutes). Mostly there will be two quizzes per week, by the end of classes on Tuesday and Friday. Exams and quizzes are based on homework problems and examples in lectures. An equation sheet will be provided for each exam. The equation sheet will be posted on the blackboard (course materials). No equation sheet for quizzes. Format of quizzes and exams: Quizzes are intended for 10 minutes, mostly multiple choice questions or simple explanations of parameters of equations. Exams are close-book, including problem solving, in addition to questions similar to those in quizzes. For parts of problem solving, we emphasize the setting up strategies, so you must show your work. A simple numerical answer, even if correct, may result in hardly any grade point.
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