PHYSICS 120 - Foundations of Physics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
Requirements & Distribution:
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introductory course on the foundations of physics tailored for students seeking to be better prepared for success in the core introductory courses (PHYSICS 135, for life/health sciences and kinesiology, or PHYSICS 140, for science and engineering fields). It aims to develop skills and abilities needed for problem-solving within the conceptual framework of introductory physics.

The course will concentrate on consolidating mathematical skills within the practical context of problems and concepts from entry-level physics (mostly mechanics) which will include vectors, linear motion, projectiles, relative motion, circular motion, dynamics, work, energy, momentum, torque, gravitation, oscillators, fluids, waves and sound.

Course Requirements:

The grading will be based on up to four exams, graded discussions and homework.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates intending to pursue calculus based PHYSICS 135 or 140 but without a good high school background in (college) mathematics or physics.

Class Format:

Standard class format for lecture and discussion

PHYSICS 120 - Foundations of Physics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Students will use Sternheim and Kane's text "Volume I: Chapters 1-15 (units 1-4)" in Physics 120. Students will also need to purchase a Mastering Physics Access Code (More information on the CTools page).
ISBN: 9781118812136
General Physics, Vol. 1
Mastering Physics Access Code
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