Watch My Latest Lesson! - August
Today we went over the rudimentary material that we need on trig
and vectors. As noted some of this is online in different forms.
So, I wanted to remind you of some key things mentioned in
class. Also, I tried an iPad app and redid the last problem I
was working on. So, you can Click
here to view my lesson about Vector addition.
Let me know how this works.
Other important points:
covered the most important new information in Chapter 1. We are
now ready to do Chapter 2 on 1D Kinematics – motion in one
Welcome to PHY 101 - August 19th.
To all PHY 101 Students
You are currently registered for PHY 101 Section 003. Below is
an email I sent out last week. So, some of you have already
received that email. However, over the weekend the class has
doubled and I am resending the email. It contains information
about the course and the labs.
There were a few who had asked about using an earlier edition of
the text. We are using Cutnell & Johnson, 9th ed. You may
purchase the 8th Edition instead, but not through the bookstore.
The problems I will assign are from the 9th Edition. However, I
will provide a mapping of the problems between the books. Due to
the class size, I would expect the problems to be turned in
order (and on time). Furthermore, there may be a few problems
from the new edition which are not in the old edition.
Class begins bright and early Thursday at 8:00 AM. I expect
everyone to be in class on time. Again, I look forward to
getting to know everyone this semester. If you have not done so,
read the email below.
Welcome to PHY 101 - August 14th.
Welcome to PHY 101. This is a
first course in general physics. We will be covering kinematics,
Newtonian statics and dynamics, gravitation, fluids, kinetic
theory, waves, and thermodynamics. You are expected to have had
MAT 111 (Precalculus). Any other math that you will need we will
cover/review in class.
Class begins Thursday, August 22nd at 8:00 AM!. The class meets two days a week for 75 minutes
and you are expected to attend all classes. Labs meet one day
per week. The first labs meetings will be announced at a later
date. Labs meet for two hours and you are required to attend all
labs. More about that will be covered in the lab. There is a
link to the labs at the course web site. The first labs begin
August 26, 27, 28.
Course materials are posted at the
http://people.uncw.edu/hermanr/phy101/. There you will find
the syllabus, homework problems, a tentative schedule, links to
useful materials, etc. Keep an eye on this site as it will
change periodically as we move through the course. In
particular, you should look at the useful materials on how to
study physics on the materials page. For additional
explanations, or materials for any missed class, visit my PHY
101 physics lectures from my 2005 summer class.
As this class meets three hours a
week for lectures, you should plan to study 6-8 hours a week
outside of class to be successful in this course. That is at
least one hour a day and possibly more for some students. This
might be hard to do as we only meet two times a week. So, plan
to keep up with the work, stop by my office and ask questions,
send emails, etc.
The text we are using can be seen
at the publisher web site,
There are several versions and you need to be careful in your
selection. Also, you should find a binder version at the
bookstore which might be appealing for its cost and that you can
carry portions of the text to class instead of a big heavy textbook. We will be covering the first 17 chapters this
semester. That is more than one chapter per week! Note also that
graphing calculators are not
allowed during exams. So, you will need to pick up a
cheap scientific calculator
and learn how to use it.
Feel free to wander the course
pages, look at my site to see who I am, and feel free to email
me whenever you have questions. Start reading your book and
working on the homework assignments that are posted!
Good luck, and I will see you