Introduction to Mechanics

Course Description:

This is the first of a three-semester sequence of calculus-based physics course that is the foundation to further studies in engineering and technology. The first semester introduces students to concepts and principles of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion and universal gravitation, work and energy, rotational motion, vibrations, fluids, heat and laws of thermodynamics. Calculus and vector methods are used throughout the course. Computer-based laboratory component of the course illustrates and supplements the lecture material.
Pre- or co-requisite: MAT 1475

Required Texts:

University Physics Vol. 1 & 2, Moebs, Ling and Sanny, OpenStax
Computer-Based College Physics Laboratory Experiments, R. Kezerashvili, Gurami Publishing

Grading:

  • Two exams 25% each
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Lab Grade 25%

Class Schedule:

Week Topic Chapter Homework
Volume I
1 Introducing Physics 1 27,31,40,60,64,81
2 1D Kinematics 3 28,29,35,41,42,45,51,68
3 2D Kinematics 2,4 CH2 – 30,47,55,60,64,66
CH4 – 26,35,39,47,50,56,61,63
4 Newton’s Laws 5 21,33,36,40,49,60
5 Forces, Universal Gravity 6,13 13,30,37,38,48,55,61,66,72
6 Work and Energy 7 28,30,40,44,50,59,61,72,76
7 Conservation of Energy 8 24,28,32,37,39,42,69,74
8 Linear Momentum 9 24,27,29,36,42,45,52,54
9 Rotational Motion 10,11 Ch10 – 29,35,41,47,58,71,85
CH11 – 45,58,61
10 Static Equilibruim 12 32,42,69,70
11 Fluids 14 45,50,65,68,77,86,89,105
12 Oscillations 15 25,28,30,45
Volume II
13 Temperature, Kinetic Theory 1,2 CH1:44,53,62,69 CH2:20,27,46
14 Thermodynamics 3,4 CH3:22,26 CH4:44,46
15 Review, Final Exam

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