LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2017, Subject = PHYSICS

Introductory Physics

The Physics Department offers three introductory course sequences:

  • PHYSICS 135/235: Physics for the Life Sciences I and II (lab courses PHYSICS 136/236)
  • PHYSICS 140/240: General Physics I and II (lab courses PHYSICS 141/241)
  • PHYSICS 160/260: Honors Physics I and II (lab courses PHYSICS 161/261)

While these sequences can be mixed (e.g.,140+235), the department strongly encourages students to pursue both terms of a single sequence. Students who are electing PHYSICS 140 MUST also enroll concurrently in PHYSICS 141.

Students with strong high school physics backgrounds are encouraged to take the Honors physics sequence. This sequence takes a thoroughly modern approach to introductory physics. PHYSICS 160/260 is an excellent preparation for students interested in any science major, especially a major in physics. Students do not need to be LSA Honors Program members to enroll in PHYSICS 160/260.

Prospective physical science majors and engineering students should elect PHYSICS 140/240. Pre-health and life science students should elect PHYSICS 135/235.

Students who have had less mathematics preparation, especially those who have not taken calculus, should consider enrolling in PHYSICS 115: Principles of Physics or PHYSICS 120: Foundations of Physics before attempting one of the above-described sequences.

Department of Physics Waitlist Policy

Waitlists for the introductory laboratory courses--PHYSICS 136,141, 236, and 241--are managed by the Physics student services office. Circumventing the Wolverine Access waitlists allows students to waitlist for as many sections as may work with their schedules. If you wish to be added to waitlists for PHYSICS 136, 141, 236, or 241, please add yourself to the waitlist HERE. As soon as a seat opens in one of them, you will receive an electronic override to enroll.

All other PHYSICS courses utilize the electronic waitlist on Wolverine Access. When a seat becomes available in a class that was previously full, overrides will be issued at the discretion of the department or instructor, typically in the order that students joined the waitlist, although in some cases class standing will also be taken into account. Students will have at least 48 hours to register for a course once an electronic permission is issued to them.

Students and advisors are encouraged to contact the Physics Student Services office if they have questions or need help. We can be reached at physics.sso@umich.edu or (734) 936-0659.

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