Spring 2018

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-116

Formerly listed as: PHYS-16


Jonathan R. Friedman (Section 01)


The course will begin with a description of the motion of particles and introduce Newton’s dynamical laws and a number of important force laws. We will apply these laws to a wide range of problems to gain a better understanding of the laws and to demonstrate the generality of the framework. The important concepts of work, mechanical energy, and linear and angular momentum will be introduced and the unifying idea of conservation laws will be discussed. The study of mechanical waves permits a natural transition from the dynamics of particles to the dynamics of waves, including the interference of waves. Additional topics may include fluid mechanics and rotational dynamics. Three hours of lecture. Also one three-hour laboratory per week. 

Requisite: MATH 111.  Limited to 48 students. Fall semester: Professor Hunter. Spring semester: TBA

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to students who are considering a major in Physics. After that, priority will be given by seniority.

Cost: 0 ?


Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017