PHYS141: Introductory Physics I, with Lab

Catalog Description: 
Fall only, four credit hours. Prerequisite Math111 or Math 110A. The student is expected to be competent in algebra, trigonometry, and plane geometry. Elementary course covering the principles of mechanics, heat, thermodynamics and wave motion. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week. Physics 141 and 142 are appropriate courses to satisfy a one-year physics requirement for professional schools.

Course Material

Chapters 1 through 9, 13, and 14 will be covered.
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Motion in one dimension
  • Chapter 3: Vectors and two-dimensional motion
  • Chapter 4: The laws of Motion
  • Chapter 5: Energy
  • Chapter 6: Momentum and Collisions
  • Chapter 7: Rotational motion and the law of gravity
  • Chapter 8: Rotational Equilibrium and rotational dynamics
  • Chapter 9: Solids and Fluids
  • Chapter 13: Vibrations and Waves
  • Chapter 14: Sound
  • Chapter 10: Thermal Physics
  • Chapter 11: Energy in Thermal Processes

The textbook is by Serway and Vuille,
College Physics, Ninth Edition.