Fall 2021

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-116

Formerly listed as: PHYS-16


Jonathan R. Friedman (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 hour of discussion and  three-hour laboratory per week.

Requisite: MATH 111. Fall semester: Professor Friedman and Dr. Moyer and Spring Semester:  Department.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: "quantitative work, lab work and working in groups". Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

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

PHYS 116 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE E110
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE E110
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM SCCE E110


Section 01
M 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM SCCE E208

Section 02
M 03:00 PM - 03:50 PM SCCE E208

Section 03
M 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM SCCE E208


Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM SCCE A101

Section 02
Th 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM SCCE A101

Section 03
F 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM SCCE A101

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
University Physics, 15e, Vol 1 Young and Freedman The students can get the combined edition which includes Volumes one and two and Modern Physics (ISBN-13: 978-0-321-97361-0) or they can just get Volume 1 ( ISBN-13: 978-0-13-397804-9). Rental volumes are available as are electronic versions of the text. TBD
Mastering Physics Addison-Wesley Publishing Please note: unless you are confident that the combined purchase of Mastering Physics will arrive before the beginning of classes it is recommended that they buy Mastering Physics separately from the text since this provides you with instant access to Ma TBD


2024-25: Not offered
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, Spring 2022