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Physics 101: Mechanics (With Lab)



Course Outline

Scalars and vectors 

Motion in one dimension:  displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion with constant acceleration, freely falling bodies

Motion in two dimensions:  projectile motion, circular motion, relative motion

Newton’s Laws of Motion:  forces, equilibrium, three laws of motion, inertial frames, free-body diagrams, friction, gravitation

Work and energy: work, kinetic energy, work-energy theorem, conservative andnon-conservative forces, potential energy, energy conservation, power

Linear momentum and collisions:  momentum and its conservation, complex bodies, center of mass, elastic and inelastic collisions, impulse-momentum theorem

Rigid body rotation:  angular velocity and acceleration, rotational kinetic energy and inertia, torque, dynamics of rotation

Angular Momentum:  conservation of angular momentum, translation and rotation


Oscillatory motion:  simple harmonic motion, systems that execute simple harmonic motion



Lectures M W F 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Problem session (optional)

Laboratory exercises (eight sessions)

Quizzes (15%)

Homework (15%) (pledged)

Term exam (2 at 15% each)

Final exam (25%)

Laboratory (15%)

Text: Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton, Physics for scientists and engineers

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All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.