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PHYS 141
Mechanics and Waves Fall 2020
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

This is the typical first course for a prospective physics major. It covers most of the same topics as PHYS 131, but with a higher level of mathematical sophistication. It is intended for students with solid backgrounds in the sciences, either from high school or college, who are comfortable with basic calculus.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; This will be a hybrid course with both recorded and in-person lecture/demonstration material, both "at home" and in-person hands-on/laboratory exercises, problem-solving group sessions and office hours (available both in person and remote), as well as several short tests/quizzes and a final exam.
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 2754
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, labs, three or more short quizzes/tests, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: high school physics and MATH 130 or equivalent placement, or permission of the instructor
Unit Notes: PHYS 141 can lead to either PHYS 132 (for students wanting a one-year survey of physics) or PHYS 142 (for students considering a Physics or Astrophysics major)
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course consists of lectures, problem-solving conferences, lab exercises, problem sets and exams, all of which have a substantial quantitative component.

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