PHYSICS 140 - General Physics I
Fall 2022, Section 004
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 135, 160, or BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 150.
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 115, 120, 185 or 295.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Have you ever wondered why the Moon does not fall onto the Earth, what springs and gravity have in common, why a locomotive can pull a hundred cars while a truck cannot, what is the tallest straw you can use to sip water, or how our spacecraft can leave the solar system without having enough speed to do so when launched from Earth? If you have had these questions – or any other about the natural world around us – then this class is for you! Physics 140 provides a calculus-based introduction to mechanics, the physics of motion. This is the first semester of the Introductory Physics sequence for students in the Natural/Physical Sciences and Engineering. The course explores and applies fundamental principles of classical mechanics to a wide range of physical systems and environments. We learn to construct simple models to describe complex phenomena and answer diverse questions about nature. At the end of the course you will be equipped with a variety of tools and methods to predict motion based on interactions. The main building blocks of the course include kinematics, dynamics (Newton’s laws), work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, gravitation, oscillations, waves, and fluids.

Sections 001 and 002: We make every effort to keep the course engaging and interesting, and we can guarantee that you will be challenged, but never bored. Physics 140 will simply be the best way to begin your day!

Sections 003 and 004 are studio-style. They are taught in a classroom with resources for students to work together in small groups and practice problem solving. These sections cover the same material as 140-001 and 140-002 and include lectures and demonstrations.

Section 005 is for students in the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP).

Course Requirements:

Student performance is evaluated using a combination of five evening exams, weekly homework assignments, semiweekly prelecture videos, and class participation.  Fall 2022 exam dates are:

Sections 001 and 002: 9/19, 10/10, 10/31*, and 11/21* from 6:00-7:30pm *note that alternates will not be provided due to holiday plans/travel

Sections 003, 004, 005: 9/20, 10/11, 11/8 from 6:00-8:00pm

The final exam for all sections will be 12/12 7:30-9:30pm.

The required textbook for all sections is H.D. Young and R.A. Freedman, "University Physics" or "University Physics with Modern Physics", 13th, 14th, or 15th edition, Vol 1 or full text (we use Chapters 1–15), paper or electronic format, new or used.

Intended Audience:

PHYSICS 140 is the first of a three-term sequence in general physics consisting of PHYSICS 140, 240, and 340. This sequence is primarily for students in the physical sciences and engineering. Life science and pre-health students are encouraged to take PHYSICS 150 and 250. Students with a strong interest in physics and a solid preparation in high school physics may wish to consider PHYSICS 160 and 260.

Class Format:

PHYSICS 140, sections 001 and 002: Class meets four times a week (Monday – Thursday) for 50 minutes.

PHYSICS 140, sections 003 and 004: are studio sections and use team-based learning practices as opposed to a traditional lecture.

Schedule

PHYSICS 140 - General Physics I
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
19260
Closed
0
 
6
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students should elect PHYSICS 141 as the corresponding laboratory course.
002 (LEC)
 In Person
19261
Closed
0
 
3
MTuWTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Students should elect PHYSICS 141 as the corresponding laboratory course.
003 (LEC)
 In Person
27051
Closed
0
 
3
TuTh 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: This section of PHYSICS 140 varies from the traditional lecture model of the course. This is a studio version of the course, which incorporates more team-based learning techniques. Students should elect PHYSICS 141 as the corresponding laboratory course.
004 (LEC)
 In Person
27052
Closed
0
 
2
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: This section of PHYSICS 140 varies from the traditional lecture model of the course. This is a studio version of the course, which incorporates more team-based learning techniques. Students should elect PHYSICS 141 as the corresponding laboratory course.
005 (LEC)
 In Person
27053
Closed
0
3CSP
2UGRD & GRD
9
MTuWThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Seats in this section are reserved for students in the Comprehensive Studies Program through August 21. On August 22, open seats are available to any undergraduate student. Please visit the CSP website for more information: lsa.umich.edu/csp Students should elect PHYSICS 141 as the corresponding laboratory course.

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