Course: Physics 101, Conceptual Physics Fall 2002

This course attempts to give a broad introduction to the wonderful world of physics. While the course is basically non-mathematical, some knowledge of high-school algebra is pre-requisite, and algebra (such as solving simple equations, or using powers of numbers) will be used regularly. To understand physics, one MUST be able to express central concepts both in words and equations. Little calculational ability is expected in this courses, however.

The objectives of the course, as indicated, are a basic understanding of the major concepts of physics as enumerated in the brief syllabus below. It is expected that students will be able to pass quizzes and examinations based on the Hewitt: "Chapter Review Questions", the Hewitt: "Chapter Exercises" and the Hewitt: "Practicing Physics" workpages. Grades will be based on continuing effort on the daily homework assignments, on performance on the daily quizzes and section exams, and upon the final examination.

The basis for the course is the textbook. Lectures are intended to supplement via discussion and demonstrations the understanding gained through study of the text.

The laboratory course, Physics 102, is NOT required; however I would STRONGLY recommend it to those wishing to get the most out of this course


Brief Syllabus and Schedule (closely follows Hewitt's Table of Contents)(full detailed syllabus with assignments also given on this page.)
(Link to Full Syllabus)

August 29: Chapter 1 - Introduction (s), About Science

Sept 3: Chapter 2 - Newton's First Law -Inertia

Sept 5: Chapter 3 - Linear Motion

Sept 10: Chapter 4 - Newton’s Second Law

Sept 12: Chapter 5 – Newton’s Third Law

Sept 13: Last day to add

Sept 17: Chapter 6 - Momentum

Sept 19: Chapter 7 - Energy

Sept 24: Chapter 8 – Rotational Motion

Sept 25: Last day to drop without receiving a W.

Sept 26: Chapter 9 - Gravity AND Chapter 10 Projectile and Satellite Motion; End part

Oct 1: Chapter 11 - The Atomic Nature of Matter; Chapter 12 Solids (part 1 quiz at end)

Oct 3: Chapter 13 - Liquids; Chapter 14 - Gases and Plasmas: End part 2

Oct 8: Chapter 15 - Review of Chapters 12-14; Chapter 15 Temperature, Heat, and Expansion; Start Chapter 16 - Heat Transfer

Oct 10: Finish Chapter 16- Heat Transfer; Chapter 17 - Change of Phase:

Oct 15: - Chapter 18- Thermodynamics

Oct 17: Chapter 19 - Vibrations and Waves

Oct 22: Chapter 20 - Sound & Chapter 21 - Musical Sounds:

Oct 24: Electrostatics

Oct 29: Chapter 23 - Electric Current

Oct 31: Chapter 24 -- Electric Current(concldd) Magnetism

Nov 5: Chapter 25 - Electromagnetic Induction

Nov 7: Chapter 26 - Properties of Light

Nov 12: Chapter 27 - Color

Nov 14: Chapter 28 - Reflection and Refraction

Nov 19: Chapter 29 - Light Waves

Nov 20: Last day to drop (with permission and only in light of mitigating circumstances)

Nov 21: Chapter 30 - Light Emission

Nov 26: Chapter 31 - Light Quanta

Nov 28-29 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 3: Chapter 32- The atom and the quantum

Dec 5: Chap 33 - The atomic nucleus, radioactivity

Dec 10: Chapter 34), Nuclear Fusion and Fission

Dec 12: Review, final preparation

(Dec 13 : Last day of instruction for semester)

Final Exam: date not yet on web, but will be 1045 – 1315, Room Sci 201:

Jan 6: Grades due, last day of semester.