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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  PHYS 101   Essentials of Physics >3 4.00 cr.
Fundamental physical principles. Mechanics.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Corwin EE-mail Office:   373 Willamette Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-4697
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: More Information on the Science Literacy Program
 
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Lecture

26463 4 100 1600-1720 mw 100 WIL Corwin E Additional Web Resources Available

Final Exam:

1445-1645 r 3/17 100 WIL
 
Associated Sections

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26464 0 25 1300-1350 f 112 WIL Nourikorabaslo M  

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26465 0 25 1300-1350 f 12 PAC Rice J  

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26466 1 25 1400-1450 f 112 WIL Holt C  

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26467 3 25 1400-1450 f 12 PAC Rice J  
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 3:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 13:   Add this course
January 13:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 17:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This course focuses on mechanics, a subject that is the foundation of all of physics. After a quick introduction to early natural philosophies, most of this course focuses on Newtonian mechanics and its manifestations. Newton's three laws of motion provide an early example of the changes in western thought embodied by The Enlightenment. Newton unified our understanding of 'heavenly' and 'earthly' forces while at the same time providing a framework within which natural phenomena could be understood.

The first third of the course will be spent investigating the kinematic concepts of force, mass, acceleration, velocity and displacement and the relationships among these. The next third will deal with dynamical phenomena described in terms of momentum, work, and energy. The course concludes by discussing Newtonian gravitation and satellite and planetary motion, certainly the crowning achievement of Newton's work in this area.

The course is primarily conceptual in nature, using only simple high school algebra to help illuminate the underlying physical phenomena. Simple numerical and conceptual problems will be assigned in homework sets, and use of a calculator will be helpful but not essential.

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