Fall 2020

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-116

Formerly listed as: PHYS-16

Moodle site: Course


Ashley R. Carter (Section 01)
Jarrett A. Moyer (Section 01)


This 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. Additional topics may include, the study of mechanical waves, fluid mechanics and rotational dynamics. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory per week.

To provide course interaction we will do required synchronous small group meetings, required synchronous individual meetings with the instructors, and some optional synchronous meetings. However, the main class lectures and laboratory exercises will be done remotely.

Requisite: MATH 111. Limited to 48 students. Fall semester: The Department. Spring semester: Professor Carter and Dr. Moyer.

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


Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning


2021-22: Offered in Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021