Physics 213: Fundamentals of Physics I - Fall (12) 2016

Instructor: Mark Taylor

Office: Gerstacker 118
Phone: 569-5241
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Office Hours:

MWF 4:15-6:00; Tues. 9:00-12:00; Thurs.1:00-3:00; Sunday 3:00-6:00

Also, feel free to stop by at other times, call me, or send me email.

Physics Study Session:

Thurs. 6:30-9:30 in Gerstacker 123

Meeting Times:

MWF 2:30-3:50; Colton 2


Six Ideas That Shaped Physics, 3rd edition, Units C, N, & T, by Thomas Moore

Course Overview:

Physics is a quantitative study of the world around us.  The science is based on experimental observation and measurement.  However, the underlying goal of the subject is to summarize or explain the results of all such experiments with a small set of fundamental theoretical "laws".  These "laws of physics" are thought to apply to all physical systems and all observable phenomena.  Thus physics seeks to provide a simple and unified description of the world and this description serves as the foundation for the other sciences.  This course is the first half of a two part sequence intended to provide an introduction to these fundamental laws of physics.  An important goal will be to gain a conceptual understanding of how any physical situation can be analyzed using the laws of physics (that is we will learn to "think like a physicist").  Emphasis will also be placed on developing analytic skills and problem solving.  The laboratory part of this course provides hands-on experience in the in application of these laws of physics and in the analysis of experimental data.

Links to PDF files:

Course Information Course Syllabus Lab Reports LabReport ChkList Flashcards

Problem Sets

Problem Set 01 Problem Set 07
Problem Set 02 Problem Set 08
Problem Set 03  Problem Set 09 
Problem Set 04  Problem Set 10 
Problem Set 05  Problem Set 11 
Problem Set 06  Problem Set 12 


Prelab #1 (Measurement)
Prelab #2 (1D Motion)
Prelab #3 (Force and Newton 2nd Law)
Prelab #4 (Energy Conservation)
Prelab #5 (Momentum Conservation)
Prelab #6 (Circular Motion)
Prelab #7 (Oscillatory Motion)
Prelab #8 (Temperature and Absolute Zero)
Prelab #9 (Latent Heat of Liquid Nitrogen)

Downloadable Programs (6 Ideas Web-page):

Newton for Windows Newton for Mac (OSX)
StatMech for Windows StatMech for Mac (OSX)
Equilib for Windows Equilib for Mac (OSX)


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