Physics 117: Principles of Physics I - Mechanics
Physics 117 will be your introduction (or re-introduction) to mechanics: the study of the motion of objects. We will learn about kinematics, forces, energy, and momentum. We'll be reviewing these concepts while also learning how to write proper solutions, to solve problems, and to think critically and analytically.
The course goals are:
· To acquaint students with calculus-based Newtonian Mechanics,
· To help students understand the difference between an exercise and a problem,
· To help students become better problem solvers,
· To introduce students to estimating to obtain meaningful results,
· To introduce students to methods of effectively communicating scientific information.
For students currently enrolled in the course, visit our site on Sakai for more information.
** Important information regarding book options: ** (Updated 07/31/12)
The book we will use is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd edition by Randall Knight. You must also purchase Mastering Physics (an online component of the book), which comes included with the book. The book comes in several versions:
Clickers will also be used daily in class and are required. They are available only through the IC bookstore for $50. There is a $15 rebate available at rebates.turningtechnolgies.com, code RiC7.