PHYS 141
Mechanics and Waves Fall 2024
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

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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; lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours approximately every other week; conference section, 1.5 hours approximately every other week
Limit: 24 per lab
Expected: 40
Class#: 1604
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, labs, two 1-hour exams, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: High school physics (strongly recommended) and MATH 130 or equivalent placement, or permission of the instructor. High school physics at the AP, IB, or equivalent level is neither required nor expected.
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and science majors
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 Quantitative/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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