General Physics I (Summer 2014)
This is the first course of the two-course sequence of introductory (trigonometry-based) physics. We cover selected topics in classical mechanics including linear and rotational motion, forces, torque, momentum, and energy. Applications include linear motion, projectile motion, uniform circular motion, static equilibrium, and static fluids.Tutoring
Damon Smith is the official tutor for PHY 1510 and will be available at Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday nights 7-9 PM. Tutoring will be held at the main tutoring area on the 4th floor of the library on campus.Dr. Barlow will be available in Congdon 130 from 4-5pm and 11-11:25am MTWThF
WebAssign
We will use WebAssign for homework submissions and for access to the course's electronic textbook. You can self-enroll for WebAssign at this link. When you self-enroll, our course ID is: highpoint 2236 8072. Please note that the PHY-1511 lab has its own separate WebAssign page.Inquiry Sessions (Lab)
The PHY-1511 Lab course is completely separate from the PHY-1510 lecture course. For information on the lab course, go to this website.Textbook
Essential Physics by Andrew Duffy, 1st edition. An electronic version of this textbook is available online through WebAssign. We will refer to this book as "DUFFY" throughout the semester.Daily Schedule
M-T-W-Th-F, 11:25am-2:00pm, Congdon 130DATE | TOPICS | READING ASSIGNMENTS* |
2 Jun | Position, Displacement, Velocity, Uniform Motion | DUFFY: 1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4 |
3 Jun | Acceleration
DAY_2_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf Fancart Videos: |
DUFFY: 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 |
4 Jun | Newton's 2nd Law (1D); Mass vs. Weight DAY_3 LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 3.1-3.3 |
5 Jun | Newton's Laws of Motion DAY_4_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 3.4-3.8 |
6 Jun | Vectors; Newton's 2nd Law (2D) DAY_5_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 1.4-1.6 |
9 Jun | EXAM 1 and Motion in 2D Sample Equation Sheet | |
10 Jun | Friction & Projectile Motion DAY_7_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 4.4-4.6 |
11 Jun | More Projectile Motion / Pressure / Density DAY_8_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf Densities of Common Substances | DUFFY: 9.1-9.2 |
12 Jun | Buoyancy / Pressure / Archimedes' Principle DAY_9_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 9.3-9.5 |
13 Jun | Uniform Circular Motion / Law of Gravitation DAY_10_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 5.5,5.6,5.8 |
16 Jun | EXAM 2 / Gravity and Orbits DAY_13_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf Sample Equation Sheet | |
17 Jun | Torque, Center of Gravity, Static Equilibrium | DUFFY: 10.4-10.5; 10.10-10.12 |
18 Jun | Impulse and Momentum, Conservation of Momentum DAY_15_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 6.1-6.3 |
19 Jun | Work, Kinetic Energy, and Potential Energy DAY_16_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 6.5 |
20 Jun | Conservation of Energy DAY_17_LECTURE_PROBLEMS_WITH_SOLUTIONS.pdf | DUFFY: 7.1-7.3 |
23 Jun | EXAM 3 Sample Equation Sheet | |
24 Jun | Hooke's Law \ Elastic Potential Energy | DUFFY: 12.1-12.3 |
25 Jun | Intro to Simple Harmonic Motion \ Final Exam Review | DUFFY: 12.4 - 12.6 |
26 Jun | FINAL EXAM (1:30-4:30pm) |
Course Documents
- Syllabus - information about the course
Useful Links
- WebAssign - course management system for PHY-1510
- Table of Densities - densities of common substances
- Khan Academy - a useful series of videos convering a wide variety of topics in physics. Please note that some of these videos use calculus to explain the physics, which is beyond the scope of this course.
- Tracker Software - tracker software for video analysis; free download.
- PHET - online, interactive physics simulations