• Weekly test material is pointed to by the "red hand" -> -->
[  ] Before Starting

  • Learning objectives: learn the REEF interface for in-class polling; learn the WeBWorK interface for after-class homework by doing the intro_to_webwork assignment
  • High School Math Review: MATH 1.1-1.6 section of online PPLATO resource (this is below PHYS sections)
    • fractions: addition, subraction, multiplication, division, decimal equivalent
    • percentage
    • proportionality: direct and inverse
    • solving for one, two or three unknowns from one, two or three equations
    • factorizing polynomials
    • exponents
    • quadratic formula
    • Pythagoras' theorem
    • trigonometry: definition of sine, cosine and tangent

[  ] Week 1: Introduction, 1-D Kinematics (Jan.8 - Jan.14) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Jan 14, 11:59pm)

Learning objectives: be able to identify significant figures; be able to convert quantities expressed in one kind of units to another; be able to check an equation for dimensional consistency; distinguish between vectors and scalars; define position, displacement vs distance travelled, average velocity vs speed, instantaneous velocity; motion diagrams; trajectories; x-t graphs
Pre-Class Work

  • Jan 9: Read Sections 1.1-1.4
  • Jan. 11: Read Sections 2.1,2.2,2.3
  • Jan. 12: Read Sections 2.4,2.5
[  ] Week 2: 1-D Kinematics (Jan.15 - Jan.21) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Jan 21, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: be able to distinguish between scalars and vectors; be able to define position, displacement, distance travelled, average velocity, instantaneous velocity, average accleration, instantaneous acceleration; be able to use the kinematic equations in problems including free fall
Pre-Class Work

  • Jan 16: Read Sections 2.4,2.5
  • Jan. 18: Read Sections 2.6,2.7
  • Jan. 19: Read Sections 2.8
[  ] Week 3: 2-D and 3-D Kinematics (Jan.22 - Jan.28) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Jan 28, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: Be able to add and subtract vectors; multiply a vector by a scalar; define a unit vector; calculate vector components. Be able to calculate, displacement, velocity and acceleration in 2-D and 3-D; solve projectile motion problems
Pre-Class Work

  • Jan 23: Read Sections 3.1-3.3
  • Jan. 25: Read Sections 3.4
  • Jan. 26: Read Sections 3.4
[  ] Week 4. Dynamics (Jan.29 - Feb. 2) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Feb. 4, 11:59pm)

Learning objectives: Understand Newton's three laws, distinguish between a contact and a non-contact force, distinguish between mass and weight, identify a 3rd law pair, define and identify an inertial reference frame, construct and use a free body diagram
Pre-Class Work

  • Jan 30: Read Sections 4.1,4.2,4.3
  • Feb. 1: Read Sections 4.1,4.2,4.3
  • Feb. 2: Read Sections 4.4,4.5
[  ] Week 5. Dynamics (Feb.5 - Feb. 9) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Feb. 11, 11:59pm)

Learning objectives: Understand Newton's three laws, solve "coupled objects" problems, distinguish between static and kinetic friction and solve problems involving friction; understand the drag force; define terminal velocity.
Pre-Class Work

  • Feb. 6: Read Sections 4.6,4.7
  • Feb. 8: Read Sections 5.1
  • Feb. 9: Read Sections 5.2
[  ] Week 6. Uniform Circular Motion (Feb.12 - Feb.16) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. Feb. 25, 11:59pm)

Learning objectives: Define arc length, rotation angle, radius of curvature and angular velocity; understand centripetal acceleration; understand why the kinematic equations do not apply to uniform circular motion; distinguish between tangential acceleration and centripetal acceleration; understand the importance of inertial reference frames for setting up N2L; solve problems involving centripetal force; understand the universal law of gravitation; be able to calculate the acceleration due to gravity on a planet; state Kepler's laws of planetary motion; be able to derive Kepler's 3rd law for a circular orbit
Pre-Class Work

  • Feb. 13: Read Sections 6.1/6.2
  • Feb. 15: Read Sections 6.3/6.4
  • Feb. 16: Read Sections 6.5/6.6
[  ] Week 7. Work and Energy (Feb. 26 - March 2) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. March 4, 11:59pm)

Learning objectives: Understand the spring force and motion it produces; define work; state the work-kinetic energy theorm; define a conservative force; recognize conservative and non-conservative forces; define potential energy; solve problems involving the conservation of energy; define power
Pre-Class Work

  • March 6: Read Sections 7.1,7.2
  • March 8: Read Sections 7.3,7.4,7.5
  • March 10: Read Sections 7.6, 7.7
[  ] Week 8. Conservation of Energy and Momentum (March 5 - March 9) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. March 11, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: Solve problems involving the conservation of energy; define power; definitions of momentum of particle and a system of particles; definition of impulse; impulse-momentum theorem;
Pre-Class Work

  • March 6: Read Sections 7.6,7.7
  • March 8: Read Sections 8.1,8.2
  • March 9: Read Sections 8.1,8.2
[  ] Week 9. Conservation of Momentum; Statics and Torque (March 12 - March 16) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. March 18, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: recognize when momentum of a system is conserved; define elastic, inelastic and totally inelastic collisions; solve problems involving collisions and 1D and 2D. Distinguish between static and dynamic equilibrium; Define and calculate torque and net torque; State the two necessary conditions for static equilibrium; define center of gravity; solve static equilibrium problems;
Pre-Class Work

  • March 13: Read Sections 8.3,8.4,8.5,8.6
  • March 15: Read Sections 9.1,9.2,9.3
  • March 16: Read Sections 9.4,9.6
[  ] Week 10. Statics and Torque, Oscillations (March 19 - March 23) (WEBWORK assignment due Sun. March 25, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: solve static equilibrium problems;spring force; equations of motion for simple harmonic oscillator; equation for frequency of oscillator; solve problems involving simple harmonic oscillators; vertical oscillations
Pre-Class Work

  • March 20: Read Section 9.4
  • March 22: Read Sections 16.1,16.2,16.3,16.6
  • March 23: Read Sections 16.1,16.2,16.3,16.6
[-->] Week 11. Oscillations and Waves (March 26 - March 29) (WEBWORK assignment due Mon, April 2, 11:59 pm)

Learning objectives: Equations for spring potential energy total energy stored in spring; solve problems involving simple harmonic oscillator; mechanical waves: longitudinal and transverse; properties: frequency, wavelength, period, amplitude; velocity of travelling waves on strings, intensity, interference: beats and standing waves on a string
Pre-Class Work

  • March 27: Read Section 16.4
  • March 29: Read Section 16.9,16.10,16.11
  • March 30: Good Friday - no test
Week 12. Mechanical Waves and Review (April 2 - April 6)

Learning objectives: mechanical waves: longitudinal and transverse; properties: frequency, wavelength, period, amplitude; velocity of travelling waves on strings, intensity,
Pre-Class Work

  • April 3: Read Sections 16.9,16.10,16.11
  • April 5: Review
  • April 6: Final Quiz - Oscillations and Waves // Review