PHYS 131 Fall 2012 Introduction to Mechanics (Q)

We focus first on the Newtonian mechanics of point particles: the relationship between velocity, acceleration, and position; the puzzle of circular motion; forces; Newton's laws; energy and momentum; and gravitation. The physics of rotations and vibrations will also be discussed. We finally turn to the basic properties of waves, such as interference and refraction, as exemplified with sound and light waves. We also study optics of lenses and mirrors. This course is intended for students who have not studied physics before, or who have had some physics, but are not comfortable solving "word problems" that require calculus.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours every other week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on exams, labs, and weekly problem sets, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
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Prerequisites: Mathematics 103; students who scored 4 or 5 on the AP Physics B exam or on the AP Physics C (mechanics) exam, or 6 or 7 on the IB Physics HL exam may not take this course and are encouraged to take Physics 141 instead
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Department Notes: Physics 131 can lead to either Physics 132 (for students wanting a one-year survey of physics) or Physics 142 (for students considering a physics or astrophysics major)
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 60
Class Number: 1212
PHYS131-01(F) LEC Introduction to Mechanics (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning William K. Wootters
MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM Physics 203 1212
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